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Francesco's Ristorante & Pizzeria

4.4
439 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion

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Francesco�s Ristorante & Pizzeria takes Italian food to levels that can only be described as authentically delicious. Using open flame cooking and wood burning ovens which are time-honored methods, each dish reaches the table in the best form possible. Maitland, Florida patrons are enthusiastic about the fresh, local and sustainable ingredients used as well.

The menu at Francesco�s Ristorante & Pizzeria includes the following categories � antipasti, insalate, calzone, pizza, flatbread, secondi, pasta, pesce, gluten free and dolce. Draft and bottle beer, as well as wine, is offered in addition to standard beverages. A popular option at Francesco�s Ristorante & Pizzeria is the �create your own pasta� option.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Sicilian
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Hours of operation
Daily: Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 11:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(407) 960-5533
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Francesco Aiello
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
Parking in the rear of Building, entrance to Francesco"s at Regions Bank.
Additional
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.4based on all time ratings
4.5
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4.3
service
4.3
ambience
4.5
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5.0Dined on May 18, 2016

I'm a regular and will always continue to support Francescos

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2016

We have eaten here many times. The Chicken Parmigiana is the best I've had in Orlando. My wife likes to order a special chicken dinner, and Francesco is always happy to accommodate. Very friendly atmosphere. The wait is a little long at times, but it's worth it.

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2016

One of our favorite spots. Always a great meal. Get a reservation well in advance.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2016

Francescos has been my wife and I's go to spot for 4 yrs now. The food so fresh that it is hard to imagine food tasting any better than it does at this restaurant.

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2016

Love this place! A total go-to for excellent food and service

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4.0Dined on April 30, 2016

Francesco's is a lively, classic Italian neighborhood spot for great food and wine at very reasonable prices! Great for special occaisions! Like your grandson's 7 month birthday, for example!!

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4.0Dined on April 23, 2016

The place is a bit noisy and the night we were there they had strolling singers...which made it difficult at times to have conversation. The food was wonderful.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2016

Love to see familiar faces, meaning staff and Francesco himself.
Our server always knows what my favorite pizza is. Love this place. Feels like I'm dining with family.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2016

Looooved it! Our dinners were all delicious. The server was so fun and nice! Best night!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2016

As a restaurant professional, I always hope that I can have a great dinning experience like this. We were there in the middle of the lunch rush, which can be one of the most challenging in this business, and it was great. Thank you!

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2016

This is absolutely the BEST Italian food anywhere in Orlando! Great value; wonderful quality. Ambience. MY FAV!!!!!!!!!

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4.0Dined on March 26, 2016

Nice ambiance, very good italian food and wine list, well trained staff, deserts are ok. Well run establishment.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2016

We had a wonderful time.Service was excellent as well. We each enjoyed our meals but above all else, everyone at our table raved about my lasagna.
On a side note, shouldn't I have received 1000 points for this table? It was showing as a 1000 point booking for the night of March 25, through the app and a special email I received.Thank you

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2016

Three visits in four months proves Francesco knows how to prepare fresh southern Italian dishes. We're hooked! Every server we've had has been attentive and quick. Something you want not on the menu? Ask and receive!

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2016

Every time I dine at Francesco I have a good experience.

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2016

We've been there many times and enjoy the food. This time I ordered the Veal special. It was the first time I've ordered Veal in many many years. Yikes, it was tough and chewy. The waiter was so nice that I just gutted it out and ate half of it. I thought he'd question why so much was left on the plate but up went the plate and out the door. Overall it's a pretty great place and a good value.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2016

Awesome place to have dinner with family and friends . They make you feel like family ☺️

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5.0Dined on February 29, 2016

Great food and service! Best marinara sauce in town!

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4.0Dined on February 27, 2016

I enjoyed the food and atmosphere, but the David could have been more attentive. It took a while to get water refills and the check at the end. We also had to get the him to split up the bill at the end which resulted in another wait when he could have asked how to set up the bill. The food was excellent, as usual, and the seating was great.

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4.0Dined on February 26, 2016

This restaurant is truly a neighborhood gem. It doesn't look like much from the outside and you may even miss it when you drive by but you should try it. We have done dinner and lunch there and have always been pleased with the service and food. The owner is a hands on chef and with the open kitchen you can see him cooking and supervising each every order. Have never been disappointed. Not a place to go though, if you are in a hurry. Relax and enjoy the experience.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2016

I've enjoyed this place from day one last year. It's nice to find TRUE Italian food. I'm from jersey originally and we have some of the tastiest Italian around. So I give this place 5 stars for sure!. I tell people ALL the time to try Franscescos out. Everyone has been pleased.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2016

Francesco's is the best restaurant in the area! Great chef, well trained staff , wonderful food and prices that won't break the bank. It's our go to place!!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2016

it was great and i need 50 characters in length to submit this form

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2016

Nothing else - even the nearby and more expensive Antonio's - beats this fine eatery for ambiance, value and taste. It's not even close.

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2016

Excellent dining experience! Romantic pre-Valentine's Day dinner. Probably the best chicken parmesan I've ever had

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3.0Dined on February 13, 2016

Perhaps it was the mood of Valentine's eve, but I found my first visit to Francesco's to be less than hoped-for. From the overall noisy environment to the two wandering troubadors bellowing operatic numbers, the environment was very loud. My party of two was seated at the bar despite our request for a table and it was only after we had walked out the door, the maitre'd "found" us a table. Our server, Jim was attentive and worked as speedily as the environment allowed.

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5.0Dined on February 8, 2016

The good is fresh, very European style veal parmagian and the best marinara sauce around. Cute atmosphere. Strawberry Tiramisu is excellent!

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5.0Dined on January 30, 2016

What an amazing place with great food and great staff. Worth the wait. Every entree and pizza has been incredible. Don't change a thing!

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5.0Dined on January 28, 2016

Always a great meal, made to order and usually by Francesco himself. I highly recommend this establishment. My favorite!

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5.0Dined on January 25, 2016

The food is always amazing, the ambiance inviting and the wait staff incredibly attentive.

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5.0Dined on January 21, 2016

We have been to Francesco's a number of times, and each time it has been wonderful. The pizzas are some of the best in town and the pasta is great. Our waiter was awesome, knowledgable and friendly.

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5.0Dined on January 15, 2016

Francesco's food is excellent. During our most recent visit we had the lasagna and seabass. Both dishes were so delicious, love the sauces! This is our favorite local restaurant.

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4.0Dined on January 14, 2016

I went to Francesco's with a friend I hadn't seen in a while. It was her recommendation that we try this place. I made a reservation through opentable.com. The confirmation email I received was a nice reminder in case i had to cancel. When I got to the restaurants I was greeted and immediately sat a nice booth a long the wall. The service to was quick and prompt with drinks and appetizers. The food was great (pizza and ceasar salad)! i will come back just for the food. I thought the wine menu was pricey, not much under $9.00/glass. So i went with a Peroni. It was served really cold and went great with the pizza.

The only con to this experience came at the end of the meal when it became very obvious that my friend and I had worn out our welcome. We were interrupted multiple times by different people asking to box up the food we were still picking at. The server kept coming by and asking to make sure we didn't need anything else even after we told her we were just going to relax and chat. She casually mentioned there was another reservation and needed the table. We paid our tab and left right away. We looked around as we left and there were plenty of open tables. It was a Thursday night so its not like there was a wait either. What if we wanted to stay and have a few more drinks?! I was going to order something to-go for my husband but since we were getting the boot, i just brought him my leftovers that we let one of the bus boys box-up after being asked 5 times. My friend and I left with a "what the heck" feeling. A disappointing ending to a delicious meal.

Overall i was pleased with the meal and the restaurant. I will come back but i'll definitely have this experience in the back of my mind.

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4.0Dined on January 12, 2016

I found Francesco's to be a little noisy this time. We keep searching for a little quieter place to eat, without being totally quiet. Also the dessert was very chewy. It had good flavor but was not quite the pastry we were looking for. Waiter was very nice and the dinners were good.

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4.0Dined on January 2, 2016

The food is very good--especially the mussels which we like. You have to plan ahead as Francesca's is usually very busy. Their salmon salad for lunch rivals anyone's.

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5.0Dined on December 26, 2015

One of our favorite restaurants in Central Florida. We wish it wasn't 1 1/2 hours from our home.
The food is fabulous and the portions are very generous. The staff is friendly, helpful, and they do not rush you.

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4.0Dined on December 5, 2015

Delicious food, especially the mussel appetizer. Everyone, our group was six, enjoyed their meal. Skirt steak a little tough. The accordion player and singers were terrific.Especially the young lady. Fun evening. Just very noisy.

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4.0Dined on December 4, 2015

The Italiano pizza is so good! This is one of those pizzas you have to get again! Great salads and wine, too. Have to try pasta next time, but I may not be able to pass up the pizza!

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5.0Dined on November 13, 2015

You can't beat it! Excellent Italian food and it's the real thing! I've been in Winter Park area since 1963 and it's "Simply the Best!"

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5.0Dined on November 13, 2015

Francescos is one of the best kept secrets in town. You will not be disappointed.

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