Francesco's Ristorante & Pizzeria
Francesco's Ristorante & Pizzeria

Francesco's Ristorante & Pizzeria

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.francescos-rist.com/
  • Phone: 4079605533
  • Hours of Operation:
    Daily: Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 11:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Sicilian
  • Executive Chef: Francesco Aiello
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Contact: Francesco Aiello 4079605533

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking in the rear of Building, entrance to Francesco"s at Regions Bank.
A word from Francesco's Ristorante & Pizzeria
In the authentic Italian tradition, we select our simple, whole ingredients and combine them by hand with heart, using the time-honored method of open flame cooking. We utilize the intense heat of our wood burning ovens to lend unique flavor to our food.
From our hand-made mozzarella to our artisanal pizzas, pastas and salads, we have a passion for quality and pride in our product that we know you'll appreciate. We only use sustainable, fresh, local ingredients.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Francesco's Ristorante & Pizzeria reviews from OpenTable diners
103 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (74)fit for foodies (41)special occasion (35)great for lunch (30)notable wine list (28)romantic (24)good for groups (24)great for outdoor dining (20)kid-friendly (15)hot spot (13)vibrant bar scene (5)late-night find (4)great for brunch (3)scenic view (2)Show More
  • one entree too small
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The food was good, but, I had the shrimp & calamari steak and I think it should be an appetizer not an entrée as it wasn't enough food. If I hadn't ordered the whole wheat pasta with garlic & oil and a dessert I would have left your restaurant hungry. My husband had the veal parmesan and that was excellent. We also saw some other dishes that went to other tables and they looked intriguing. We will come again to try them but I will not order or recommend the shrimp & calamari dinner.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Power outage
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    When wine was served, the power went out and the fire alarm blared until the fire dept. arrived and turned it if. Unfortunately, there was no power while we were at Francesco's but the management and the wait staff did everything they could to make us comfortable. We will try again to try the food.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Italian -Skip the Seafood
    Mark
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Francesco's is finding its niche and is overall a great place to go. We cycle through Antonio's, Rocco's, Enzo's, Francesco's, Armando's and even Anthony's. Francesco's is really getting pretty good. We had stuffed pork chops and a seafood combo of scallops, grouper in a wine sauce with fettuccine. The stuffed pork chops were supreme. The seafood was just ok. The reason is because they cook their food to such a high temperature that no seafood can survive that heat if cooked longer than a minute or so. It takes out the flavor and makes it rubbery. Their regular italian food, pizza's, beef, chicken, pork, pasta are constantly delicious so that's your best bet. Love the friendly atmosphere there. Staff is supreme.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food - Great Service
    glinge321VIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    It just keeps getting better and better with each visit. The food is incredible.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Created Our Own Pasta Dish
    glinge321VIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    We created our own pasta. It was perfect. Linguine pasta, Pesto sauce, added chicken and pine nuts. Prepared and hand delivered by the Chef. Yum!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food - Great Service
    Robert
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Food was excellent as always. Server was very attentive and friendly. Another great experience. Our favorite local resturant
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food!
    glinge321VIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    We had the pizza on this visit. Very good pizza. A little light on the toppings compared to other visits.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Foodispartoflife
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Since moving to FL 5 years ago I'm always looking for great italian food that mirrors the fine resturants of Manhattan. Chef Francesco knows how to get it done....his culinary creations remind me of a taste of home and his Sicilian roots show proudly. Being a fellow Sicilian I'm glad we came by his place and now I can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    AFP1
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Service was lousy & distracted. TV in the small side room killed the ambience. Food was tasty but prices were too high.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • wp66
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The entire staff was knowledgeable and helpful. The food was prepared as explained and was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic Food!!!
    glinge321VIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We just love this place. The carne pizza with onions added was perfect.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gino1
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    First visit. Celebrating our anniversary. Service by Nino was excellent as was the wine and food. Only negative is that we found it a bit noisy. Definitely will return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of our Favorites
    fatbobVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Great food, good service in a pleasant atmosphere. Francesco's always delivers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good not Great
    luv2dineVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We were seated on time as per our reservations. We needed to slow down the waitress as she wanted us to order quickly; I assume to turn her table over. The salad was field greens with an excellent dressing. My veal dish lacked taste, and my pasta was over cooked. My wife enjoyed her meal of pasta and meatballs. Everything was ok, but not great. The service was fine.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ridiculous Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Screwed up my reservation on an important birthday dinner with my daughter and our guests. To top it off the waiter then got our order wrong twice, once with aps and second with entres. Waited 10 minutes to correct first and 15 minutes to correct second. Food was not bad but it was embarrassing for me, as I recommended the restaurant.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Experience
    Basketqueen
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Staff was attentive and friendly but didn't hover. Food is delicious and well-priced.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Created Our Own Pasta
    glinge321VIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We created our own pasta dish. It was incredible. We selected the pesto sauce, added chicken and pine nuts. The Chef cooked and hand delivered it to us. Thanks Chef
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional
    Stuart
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    I've been waiting for a real italian restaurant in Orlando for 30 years.Orlando has had a collection of mediocre corporate chains or pretentious horrible italian restaurants,focusing on service rather than authentic regional palates.Orlando also specializes in critics that are terribly unsophisticated. The city now has a real italian chef,Francesco, for those of us from Philadelphia and NYC .Working from family recipes every dish is consistently superb. The red sauces are perfect , they start slightly sweet and end with an acidic bite,just like the finest restaurants in the northeast. Francesco's interpretation of classic italian seafood and veal dishes are unparalleled in central florida. By all means ;go,go a lot.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Exceptional Italian
    TDL48
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    It is always an enjoyable experience at this restaurant. The food never disappoints, the staff are friendly and attentive and you always see the owner ( chef), working the kitchen area.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Marinara was outstanding!
    Brooks4
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We were seated right on time for our reservation. It was a busy Friday night but our server was friendly and attentive. We were with friends and ordered a good bottle of wine and received our wine and salads in a reasonable amount of time. We waited one hour from our salads until our entrees were served. Too long especially since a two year old boy was in a high chair 2 feet from our table. Except for a minute here and there he was never actually in the chair he was entertaining himself around the table so the hour seemed especially long. When we finally received our meals they were excellent! The best marinara on my eggplant & pasta.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • trbreviews
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Francesco's competes favorably with all of the best Italian restaurants in the Orlando area. Genuine and authentic Italian food served with a bit of a flair and always on time and fresh. Excellent choice if Italian is your target. Restaurant is not scenic, but interior décor is well done and in the best tradition of the Tuscan aesthetic. Comfortable at all times and a good buzz.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome.
    Arrower
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    My wife and I ate dinner on a bust friday night. The food was outstanding and served piping hot. I ordered spaghetti Pompidou and my wife ordered gnocchi. Both dishes were splendid. The salad and dessert are not to be missed either. Our waiter Nino was very knowledgeable about the menu and friendly. We will return for some other authentic Italian cuisine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply Great!
    Foodie2014
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    This is the best italian restaurant in all of Orlando. As a foodie, I look for simplicity yet that Aha moment. Francesco's gives you that.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Francesco's In Maitland
    DOCG
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    What a lovely meal we enjoyed recently at Francesco's in Maitland. Knowing the restaurant had been open for several years, it was simply time to drop by and see what all the noise was about. What great service, Italian food, wine, and an overall great night out. It is clearly a NEIGHBORHOOD GEM that I already fear has a loyal and salivating following.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Neighbors group
    Tablefor6
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    I invited few of my neighbors for a meal. One of them suggested Francesco's. It was the best place and we had a great time. The server Luis was outstanding! Friendly, eager to please. The food was delicious and did not have to wait long even when the Restaurant was full! Thank you for making our outing a great experience!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • will return
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    My husband surprised me with a birthday dinner that included about 20 people. We had a private room that did not cost anything extra. The food, service and ambience, was absolutely wonderful!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WPdiner
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Took us an hour to get our food. Very noisy. I've been there several times but probably won't go back for awhile unless it's to sit at god bar for pizza and a salad.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • BEST PIZZA THIS SIDE OF SICALY
    DougR
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Sicilian chef/owner Francesco serves up a full array of Italian classics, nightly specials, and the best brick oven pizza you're ever going to taste. His parents make the deserts from scratch, the casada cake is must. The staff are friendly and perfectly attentive, and the atmosphere is lively. My Sicilian father eats here daily when he visits me from out of town. Enough said.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty Italian
    TnsbchdogVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Francesco's is a very delicious restaurant. The food is pretty consistent and the atmosphere is lovely. The service is OK. It is nice for groups as well as couples. They have a nice little room that looks like it will hold 25 or so people. I would definitely use it for a special group function.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Definitely great place
    notafoodie
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    There were four in our party and we all ordered something different. Everyone said their food was delicious. We ordered a bottle of wine that was recommended and enjoyed that as well. I would definitely recommend this restaurant. We have been there at lunch as well. Food is always good. It was a bit noisy Friday night, but lately all restaurants seem noisy. Not sure what can be done about that. We did make reservations and our table was ready as soon as we walked in. Reservations were made online and I received reminders as well as a phone call from the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, very accomodating
    realtordines
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We selected this restaurant because our daughter who has celiac disease and is a vegetarian, was visiting from out of town and we needed to find a place that will accommodate her with gluten free food. She requested a dish not on the menu and they willingly prepared gluten free pasta baked with mozzerella cheese, just the way she likes it. My wife and I found our meals delicious and more than ample-we all took home doggy bags. We're happy to know that we have a restaurant that we can visit when she is in town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • might be good
    eatoutalotVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    This restaurant might have good food but it is tough to taste through the incredibly bad service we received. Also, we were in a corner table that the restaurant is aware blows frigid air constantly down on the table. Beside the food turning cold immediately upon arrival from it, all of us were icebergs and had difficulty enjoying anything.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Reliable restaurant
    CarolFlorida
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    We can always count on a nice evening at Francesco's. This time we met out-of-town friends for dinner. My only complaint is the high noise level on the weekends when the place is crowded.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Gone downhill
    Peaches53VIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    While the food is still quite good the last several times I have been there the service has been terrible: slow, inattentive, and disinterested. This last time we had to flag down a server and it was a slow Monday night with plenty of staff ignoring customers just chatting away. The chefs were just as bad. Our food took 45 minutes to arrive and then we had no utensils dispute having asked for them several times. I have given Francesco's enough chances. I won't be returning.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful experience!
    Luvhealthy1
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    This was our first visit to this restaurant. A friend recommended that we try it. Both my husband and I were thrilled with the food quality and the excellent service. It is somewhat of a noisy place, but they gave us a quiet table in the back and it was perfect. I would suggest that you request this when you make your reservation if you like less. noise. The wine steward was experienced and selected a perfect wine for me.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not for Saturday lunch
    Eattolive
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We've been to this restaurant a couple of times for weekday lunch and decided to take some friends on Saturday for lunch. Much to our surprise, they only have the dinner menu for Saturday lunch. That was obviously why the restaurant was not busy at all. Too expensive for lunch using the dinner menu.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Superb!
    MsChelle
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    The food, atmosphere, and service were well beyond expectations. We had a wonderful experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Luvdining
    Luvdining
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Fabulous food and service. Recommended by a friend and we will be doing the same. This is the second time we have dined here and we have enjoyed everything we ordered each visit. Wine list is great, their homemade desserts are a "must have"! Very popular place, for good reason, so make a reservation for peak dining times.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Food of Love thing!
    Rose
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Our favorite! We truly enjoy the food, wine, service & atmosphere. Servers are very knowledgable about the food dishes & wine list. You know you are going to have good food when the meatballs are perfect!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely lunch
    RelaxingVIP
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    The outside area was quiet and relaxing. Food was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate