GREAT PLACE TO GO IN BOSTON
This place is great! Went with a group of 9 people, they seated us right away and the waiter was excellent. The food was amazing, and we had a great time. I would definitely come back here
3/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great restaurant in Boston's
Great restaurant in Boston's North End with a variety of menu options, knowledgeable and attentive wait staff. Excellent find!!
3/21/2013 5:00:00 PM
Had a nice evening dining
Had a nice evening dining at Villa Francesca. Restaurant week menu was a great value: wide variety of choices for a three course meal, all for under $40. I chose the pesto, Vittela Francesca with anchovies, and the tiramisu. All three dishes were delicious! My waiter was friendly, patient while I asked questions about the menu and took some extra time trying to decide on my 3 choices, and attentive without being intrusive. Prices for wines by the glass were reasonable. All in all, a great overall value. I'll be back to try more dishes off the menu the next time I'm in Boston, even without the Restaurant Week deal!
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
A bit on the expensive side
A bit on the expensive side and parking was awful (and also expensive), but the food tasted great!
3/23/2013 5:00:00 PM
Old time favorite
I haven't been here for quite awhile. It is still very good. Food is great. Pasta dishes are plenty.
3/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
I went to Ristorante Villa
I went to Ristorante Villa Francesca during Boston's Restaurant Week. The restaurant itself was very nice and the service was excellent. The food was delicious (though I imagine it's on the pricey side when not during Restaurant Week or a promotion). Definitely one of the nicer restaurants in the North End.
3/27/2013 5:00:00 PM
We made the reservation 2
We made the reservation 2 hours a head of time, and the server took us downstairs. Service was nice, but they were very busy since they have to go up and down stairs to get food for the few tables downstairs. Food was really good. Server was very friendly, and would let us know the food is on the way, or need a few more minutes.
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
The food and service were
The food and service were absolutely amazing. We continue to go back there, as this has been one of our favorite spots since we moved to Boston 8 years ago.
4/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Awesome food and service.
Awesome food and service. The tiramisu was the best we've ever had. Outstanding service, lots of attention to detail
4/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Service and atmosphere were
Service and atmosphere were superb. Two people in the party had never been to this restaurant and said they'd go back for sure.
4/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food was well prepared and
Food was well prepared and presentation was good.
Server was helpful in recommendations and was attentive to us.
We arrived early and staff acoodated us and seated us with no problems.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food was great, Lobster
The food was great, Lobster Ravioli Appetizer is amazing. Staff was lovely. The only complaint is we had an 8:15pm reservation and were not seated till 8:45pm.
However, I would certainly go again.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Amazing as always! We always
Amazing as always! We always bring our guests to Villa Francesca's!! Especially in the summer when they open the front windows and you can eperience the true North End feeling!! One of our favs!!
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Italian seafood restaurant
We had a group of 8 for dinner after a graduation 7pm on a Saturday night. We sat downstairs which was a little stuffy at first and claustrophobic........would have preferred upstairs open air by the window as it was a beautiful night. Anyway, I was not disappointed by the food . I started with a mixed green salad which seems simple, but was exceptionally fresh and delicious.....white balsamic dressing?...maybe.....it was good! I had the "fruit de mar" seafood over spaghetti......HUGE portion....so good I ate every morsel. Pricey, but worth it for a special night out in the North End.
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
We all selected the special
We all selected the special 3 course menu offered the evening we were there.There were 6-7 appetizers to choose from, an equal number of main courses, and 2 desserts. One of us had the clams appetizer and the other 2 selected the lobster ravioli. Both choices were outstanding. For the entree, one of us selected the sole, prepared in a very light fresh tomato, basil and garlic "sauce". It was delicious! Two people selected the seafood, again, freshly prepared and delicious. We all selected the cannoli for dessert. The waiter piped the filling into the cannoli tableside and then gave us a selection of toppings. Everything was perfect, the service just right. The wine list was reasonable.The atmosphere was old world, small rooms, comfortable.
5/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
North end Gem!!
Great ambience.. Fabulous food.. great service. Cannoli's made fresh at your table..
5/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
The best place in town!
I love going to the Villa and would highly recommend it to anyone. The food is always stupendous and the menu varies so it is not always the same menu.
The service is wonderful and they always go above and beyond to make your experience enjoyable. They never rush you as they want to make your experience relaxing.
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Home made pasta, great sauces, excellent service, how can you go wrong?
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is one of favorite places in the North End of Boston. The food and service are wonderful. Love this place and will definitely return the next time we are in the area.
6/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a group of 11 and the
We had a group of 11 and the food and service was outstanding. The wait staff was knowledgable and extremely attentive to our group. The timing of the courses was perfect and even with a large group the food came out hot and delicious. Highly recommend.
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
I got the seafood prix fix menu. Definitely worth it. Lobster Ravs were great, especially split between 2 people as an app. I had the Shrimp Scampi as my main course and was very pleased. Then a fresh made canoli to finish it all off. My girlfriend got the Shrimp on the regular menu with the red cream sauce. We had several bites of each others food as we couldn't decide which one was better. Everything was amazing. I will be returning.
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good night out
Food was very good, our party had a very enjoyable time. I did have to wait a very long time for the Valet to get my car (more than 30 minutes).
6/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
A+ Business and Personal Dining!
Great Italian food in the North End. Fit for both business and personal dining. Walking distance to water front, Quincy Market, ... tourist attractions... Start with calamari appetizer... main course all taste exquisite... collection of Italian wine superb... and fresh cream cannoli... wrap up by genuine espresso... and of course, never fail valet parking... after dinner you should stroll to the water front... sitting in the Columbia Park... This is one restaurant in North End that both my family and my business partners love. It is a very special restaurant.
7/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
In all ways. Food, service. My highest recommendation. There are many choices in the area.
This has to be one of the best.
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a great time we had
We have been to Franchescas before and looked for to our return. a great neighborhood spot, comfortable lovely and timely service and such good food! We got to sit right at the windows all open air so it was an outdoor experience with the breeze blowing in and a bit of people watching. The homemade fettucine and the side of red sauce were so delicious and fresh, veal cooked perfectly and how nice to choose a good chianti and not pay a fortune for it. Thanks so much for dinner!
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Noisy but nice
Wow. Noise level extreme! But we enjoyed our dinner, which included ravioli, shrimp, and a cannoli for desert.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Authentic Italian on Richmond St.
Authentic Italian Restaurant at the mouth of Hanover St. Traditional Boston Decor with Brick Walls and Tin plate high ceilings. Wonderful mix of foods including seafood, pasta dishes and veal choices. Friendly wait staff. Accomodations are a little tight but well worth it.
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
we took the day off to spend in Boston for restaurant week. We had reservations at noon. We were seated at a huge open window with a nice breeze on a hot day. We ordered and received our appetizers right away. Both were delicious! Our entrees came right on time and were equally delicious. We splurged and had dessert and waited a bit, but our server said everything was homemade and it was worth the wait!. We would without a doubt dine there again. There is a lot to see in the North End if you have time to kill. Very enjoyable lunch! Thank you
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Went during restaurant week for dinner. Seated promptly by the opened front, overlooking Richmond St. Sangria was good. Service was excellent and the options were numerous for restaurant week! Each appetizer and entree was delicious - those of us who had eggplant were especially delighted! Desserts were terrific! Can't wait to go back.
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
good food, bad service
our waitress was almost never around, and when she was - she often forgot to bring what we requested!
From my boyfriend "best mashed potatoes....ever!"
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
I went for Restaurant Week
I went for Restaurant Week with my 12 year old daughter. Now we can't wait to go again and take Papa with us. I highly recommend this restaurant!!
8/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Celebrate Restaurant Week
Eleven of us went to Villa Francesca for lunch to celebrate the 2013 Restaurant Week. The food was superb and the restaurant itself has an authentic "old neighborhood" feel.
We all said we definitely want to go back.
8/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
We went for lunch during Restaurant week on a Thursday, so the place was not that crowded, and we got a great 2-course meal for $15 each. Table were pretty close together, as it is not that big of a place. However, since we were just a party of 2, and there weren't any large parties near us, it was ok. I get the feeling that it is much more crowded and noisier in the evenings.
Staff was very friendly and the food was delicious! I would go there again (even when it's not Restaurant Week!)
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Took the boat in during restaurant
Took the boat in during restaurant week. Lunch was fantastic!
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Worth a Visit in the North End
One block off Hanover Street with good food, good service, reasonable prices.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
lobster fra diavolo, calamari, lobster ravioli, everything was wonderful! Great service, great atmosphere, really enjoyed it.
9/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
God bless the valet!
It is. crazy-busy in the North End on a beautiful fall evening. The valet was able to take our car ($20 charge) and whisk it away to safe parking. We had out f town guests and were initially seated in the basement however a brief conversation with the staff and we were seated with a view of the street. Our server, Meaghan was wonderful and the food was delicious. They even had gluten free pasta for our guest. Dinner with wine and tip was 300 then we went walking Hanover St for dessert. It is a great North End experience and we will be going back.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Villa Francesca, a North End gem
We dine at Villa Francesca every time we are in Boston. It's been a family favorite for the past 10 years. We made our reservation on our recent trip to Boston thru Open Table. It was effortless and when we arrived at our appointed reservation time, we were seated promptly. The ONLY complaint was that the staff seated us in the basement (we didn't know they had a basement!) at a table that was crowded in to an area with 3 other tables (4 tables total) that was adequate for maybe 2 tables, tops. We were very crowded and the servers could hardly get between the chairs to serve patrons. It made for less-than-desirable dining conditions. The food was, as usual, PHENOMENAL. We'll be back but will request NOT to be seated in the basement!
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good for a group
Seven of us went to dinner during the weekend of the Head of the Charles. I made a reservation ahead of time and we were sat on time. We ordered two sets of garlic bread and bruschetta as an appetizer. It was the right amount of food to not fill up too much before our meals. We ordered shrimp scampi (2), chicken parm, shrimp and fettucine with marinara, eggplant penne, swordfish, and the lamb. We all shared bites and everything was fantastic. The lamb was a little undercooked in the center, but overall very satisfying. We sat in the basement which was a bit crowded because there were so many large groups. I've come before for dinner and enjoy sitting upstairs near the windows. Overall another good experience and I will definitely be back.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
We thoroughly enjoyed our recent visit. It was unseasonably warm outside. We were pleased to be sat at the windows with them open. The service was awesome and extremely thorough. Every course was delicious and beautifully presented. We lingered for a long time after finishing and didn't feel rushed. We will definitely be back!
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lobster ravioli was amazing
Lobster ravioli was amazing... large portions, well priced.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Last minute table for 8 on a Friday
The restaurant was very accommodating, and the food was amazing. They have a great menu, but will also make ANY Italian classic. I had Chicken Parm and it was outstanding.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
we took my nephew & his future
we took my nephew & his future wife & my nephew's 6 yr old daughter they were very accomodating & made everything special & fun
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
We will definitely be going back!
This restaurant has everything you head to Boston's North End looking for. So deliscious, service was excellent's table was ready on time, great wine, great location.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
We were in town for a group business dinner. The atmosphere was great, the wait staff was pleasant the portions were just right!
Enjoyed the evening. Food was great.
11/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Villa Francesca has always
Villa Francesca has always been a good experience. We recommend a reservation on weekends as it is always busy then. The menu has a great variety, but not too much to overwhelm. You can always ask for traditional italian dishes that are not on the menu and they are more than happy to prepare them for you. Meal was timed out perfectly and everything was prepared perfectly. Great Italian food and a great dinner experience.
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM