P. Franco is a wine shop on the Lower Clapton Road that doubles as a ‘restaurant’ of sorts. It’s more of a kitchen counter, where a chef will do a stint (usually for a few months) behind a small stove at the communal table, where you can order often incredible small plates to drink with wine you’ve just picked off the shelf. It feels like going over to your mate’s house and having a drink while he makes dinner, except imagine that your mate is a high-end cook and doesn’t overcook the pasta every damn time.
The current chef (April 2017) is Giuseppe Lacorazza, who has done stints at two of the best restaurants in Mexico City and New York, and his food is both exciting and delicious. Know that it’s extremely informal and there’s a fair chance you’ll eat your dinner standing at a counter, but for the experience, it’s definitely worth the effort.