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 WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Francesco's Ristorante & Pizzeria reviews from OpenTable diners
102 reviews since April 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (70)fit for foodies (39)special occasion (38)great for lunch (32)notable wine list (29)romantic (24)great for outdoor dining (23)good for groups (23)kid-friendly (15)hot spot (12)late-night find (6)great for brunch (5)vibrant bar scene (4)scenic view (3)Show More
  • 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
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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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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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
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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
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    • 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
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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
    • Food
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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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • 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
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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
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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
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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
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    • 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
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    • 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
  • Great Restaurant
    ldubbs
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    I've been here a few times with friends, the atmosphere and food are great and priced well.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not the best place I've ever been.
    honestreviews32803
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    The hostess set the wine menu down and as she pulled her hand away, she bumped it and it knocked over a glass of wine onto my daughter, who had to drive home - smelling like wine. She barely apologized and didn't bring us back any napkins or towels to wipe it up. The waiter finally came and changed one of the two table cloths and left the other one with wine on it on the table. The food was very salty and the pizza crust wasn't cooked enough. Everyone I spoke to said "try the dessert, try the gelato." Yeah, no thanks. The overall experience wasn't that great. For that kind of money - $70 for one appetizer, 2 entrees and two desserts - no alcohol, I wish I had gone somewhere else to eat.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • WORST DINNING EXPERIENCE EVER!!!
    shhhhhhh
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    I took my mother to dinner as it was my deceased father's b-da (VERY SAD day). The NOISE LEVEL was SO BAD that we could not speak to each other. The lady's in the booth behind us were SO RUDELY LOUD! We mentioned it to our server-He claimed he would ask the hostess to speak with them (obviously he didn't want it to effect his tip). No hostess ever spoke to them so I requested the manager. When I was attempting to explain the situation to the manager, he repeatedly asked me to repeat myself because he could not hear me-I was about 24 inches from him- HELLO-that was the problem. I took my mother/kids to dinner to attempt to honor/remember my fathers memory. Instead we got LOUD, DRUNK ladies ruining the evening cost me over a $100.00.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was AWESOME!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Planning my next trip - this time I'm going to try the pizza.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A piece of Italy
    DiningFind
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Ambiance and decor gives the feel of dining in Tuscany Italy. Great selection on wines. Fresh ingredients and excellent service. Menu provides a wide range of dishes to choose from to accommodate tastes from pizza to steak.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This is not Antonio's
    Manytimes
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Reservation was fine. Seated promptly. Our waiter took our drink orders and delivered promptly. Inquired about fish and he said salmon was only fish offered. We ordered mussels for appertizers and the mussels were plump but prepared in a weak thin tomatoe broth with no taste. I had chicken cacciatore' that was served with same weak sauce as was the wheat pasta dish. While eating the table beside us was offered grouper and wine tasting. Our wine was only one choice by glass(Pinot Grigio). We saw our waiter only once after our initial order as food and follow up was delivered by someone else. This place is really busy and has potential if the wait staff improves and food served with some taste. Much better Italian around Orlando.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Authentic Italian Food
    2Jsfoodies
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Aside from not having Caponata on the menu, food was reminiscent of our time in Sicily.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exceptional food!
    birthdaygirl
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    I took my sister to lunch for her birthday, we had never been but had heard the food was excellent, which it was! We each had a glass of wine and ordered off the lunch menu. The only down side to our experience was the server was no where to be found. Someone else brought our food, no one checked back to see if we needed anything, or wanted another glass of wine. When we were finished, our table was cleared, I paid the check, and we sat and finished our waters and conversation. I thought it was rather rude that our server, who never introduced herself or asked if we had dined there before, took the ledger with the signed copy of my credit receipt and cash tip off the table when we were in the middle of our conversation.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wine
    George
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Would have loved to see a selection of California wines.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Italian
    2hicks
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Great neighborhood gem! I've gone here for lunch and dinner. Both meals were great, decent portions and at a great price! I'm glad a friend introduced me to this place! Try it, you won't be disappointed!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • naplesfoodieVIP
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    Want a real treat? Call two days ahead and get the whole Branzino!!!!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mother's Day Dinner
    luv2dine
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Service by Louis was just OK but service was exceptionally slow and food delivery was very slow. The restaurant was not busy at all. I ordered Chicken Siscliano and my mother-in-law ordered Veal Siscliano. Both dishes were very bland and food was not hot appetizers were good. I had on white pants and requested a white dinner napkin instead of black. After asking 3 times, I was given a stack of white cocktail napkins! Poor taste!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet