Villa Francesca

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Ristorante Villa Francesca, in the North End of Boston, Massachusetts, is the brain child of Guglielmo Ranauro. Through his desire for perfection and pure love of the Italian cuisine, Guglielmo created Villa Francesca over thirty years ago. He bestowed the name Francesca after his mother, never forgetting the love and wonderful food she always provided while growing up just across the street from the restaurant. Villa Francesca boasts over 160 wine selections, and has received the prestigious Wine Enthusiast and Wine Spectator awards since 2007. You've got to try the raw bar!
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Baltimore
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and great atmosphere! We have been to this restaurant several times and it never disappoints!

OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had eaten there many times in the past but had not been in about 8 or 9 years. It was as I remembered, excellent. Service was great, the table even better and it is quiet enough that no screaming to be heard is necessary.

OT
New England
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

On a Saturday night, it was clear from the number of people waiting for a table at their designated reservation time that the restaurant had over-booked the tables. When finally seated, we sat for a long time waiting for the server to come over. We order two appetizers for the table (one of which never came), two different veal entrees, and two orders of chicken parm. No one raved about their meal, which kind of says it all. We will not be going back.

MM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Saturday night for a birthday dinner (the restaurant was notified that it was a special event) and we were placed in the bar area with customers breathing down our backs. We were unable to hear each other. The food was good, but the overall experience was not worth the price or effort of getting to the North End.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very crowded while we waiting to be seated for our reservation, and then very loud with other noisy party near our table... food was excellent though, just ambiance was challenged.

S
New England
30 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice dining experience. All the dishes were well prepared. The calamari appetizer was exceptional. As was the homemade fettuccini. Stay for dessert. Try the cheesecake or cannoli!

G
Charlotte
175 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We stopped here for lunch and loved it. The service was outstanding. The Italian food was excellent and our waitress Vanessa picked an perfect wine Chianti Nozzole for the meal. I had the filet of sole which was great. My guests thoroughly enjoyed their dishes too. The portions were plentiful and everything tasted wonderful.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very very good service.

a
New England
7 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was amazing. The only issue we had was that everyone had to order entree. We were sharing apps and meals so the waitress worked with us after a little back and forth but it was surprising at first that’s all

P
New England
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We will be back soon
That says it all

LJ
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was fabulous. My friend had miscommunicated her order and the staff was wonderful about remedying the situation. Very attentive without being pushy.
It was a busy night and the seating arrangements were close, but spacious compared to other North End restaurants. We could hear and had enough privacy to carry on a conversation. Nice ambiance!

TR
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visiting North End on a warm and busy Saturday evening in September. Was able to make a quick reservation on Open Table and obtain a good table next to the open window. Great, traditional Italian meal of antipasto and pasta with attentive service. Lobster ravioli was outstanding. Antipasto for two hit the right spot.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The host made sure we had a nice spot by the window rather than sticking us down stares which was much appreciated. The food and wine was fantastic!

KM
New England
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot

W
New England
12 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service

LD
Indiana
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful find in the North End. The food was outstanding, and the service providers went out of their way to be helpful. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday. Excellent

OT
Mobile
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

It was great except for the table. It was a wobbly tiny table which didn’t have enough room for all the food. Very annoying. The food was great. The service was good.

N
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

We waited 30 minutes with an RSVP. They crammed us into a two-top that was within a few inches of tables on either side. Then they had to move our table right against the one next to us more than once to bring a presentation cart through. The food was nothing to rave about. Very disappointed.

OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We sat in the lower level table for 8. Great space for large parties but service was slow Overall nice place and good food.

Z
New England
8 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is probably my 3rd time at Villa Francesca and as usual it didn’t disappoint. They had our table for 10 already set up when we arrived and took us right to it. The food was excellent and so was the service.

s
New England
38 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Did not like the survival with brandy heated with torch gun
Lobster fra Diablo sauce was not very tasty
Salad was okay
Mine tribe soup was best part
Limited pasta dishes
Would not recommend better food elsewhere in north end

RC
New England
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

Never actually got served. Waiter was unattentive and after sitting for 20 minutes, we left

D
New England
17 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was out standing
Very Delicious 💜

j
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I hadn't had dinner at Villa Francesca for a long, long time. Wow, I was so impressed with the service,
the quality of the food, and the ambiance. The freshness of the parmesan, the wheel right there. The fact that they fill the cannoli's at the table and offer various topping and the creme caramel was also great.
This was lunch during DineOut Boston. The list of appetizers, salad entrees, and pasta selections was extensive. I loved the bruschetta, the best ever.
The three of us shared everything and loved every dish.
I love the fact that they also a large bar where you can feel comfortable sitting alone.
It's my new favorite place, beautiful with wide-open windows, lots of flowers and the raw bar displayed.

HJ
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 1

I would only recommend going here if it wasn't busy...so not sure when that would be. I've been to Boston twice and both times ate at an Italian restaurant in this same area. Both times we were packed in like sardines, so this time was no exception. I could not hear what my husband was saying, but if we tried to speak up more, then the people who were literally less than two feet from us on either side would hear every word we were saying. We heard a lot of "what?" during our meal because of this. I often had to relay what our server was saying to my husband because he could not hear her (and no, we are not hard of hearing, we are in our early 40's). Our server was friendly but not very attentive as it was so busy. It was very hot at our table even though we sat by the open window. There was no airflow where we were sitting. We ordered garlic bread with our meal and it was true garlic overload, I really didn't enjoy it. I really enjoyed the homemade fettuccine dish with shrimp. Also, we had a reservation but we waited 20 minutes (there's no where to stand and wait, but we did get a seat at the bar), and I only think we got seated when we did because my husband asked about it after waiting 20 minutes.

j
New England
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We brought two children - ages 10 mo and 2 years - and the restaurant was very accommodating.

RP
New England
10 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Dine Out week, we were seated promptly, excellent service, excellent Food. Exceeded expectations .

OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The only situation we had, we ordered
3 blood orange martinis and were charged
$12 for 2 of them and $18 for one of them????
When we questioned waitress she said, the extra charge was for ice?????
Never have been charged extra for ice before.
Perhaps a manager could provide reason for this?
Did not ask to see manager, we were having a nice evening and didn’t want to spoil the evening.

SF
New England
7 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable evening get together with family
Delicious food
Attentive wait staff

MW
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I went on restaurant week for lunch and the food was wonderful. There were many choices and it made for a very pleasant experience.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Overall the experience was excellent. I asked for and got a window table. It was like dining alfresco, the window wall was open. The service fell apart on us because we were having a late lunch we got caught in a shift change. It was 45 minutes after our apps before the new server placed the main course. Probably just a one time glitch.

J
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a wonderful meal! We made a reservation for 8 and probably had to wait an extra 10 or so minutes for our table. To their defense, there was a large event in the North End and it was Boston's "Dine Out-Restaurant Week" so there were a lot of people. Once we sat down, our server was excellent and the food was out-of-this-world. We have already told our friends and family about this place and can't wait to go back! It is a bit loud in the restaurant but nothing too crazy. Highly recommend the lobster ravioli and the cannoli for dessert!

DS
New England
19 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Surprisingly good for a North End mainstay. Atmosphere was quite pleasant, though a bit on the loud side. Food was very good, but the pasta tended to be ever so slightly over cooked. Menu was a bit more than basic, but nothing special. Still, quality, service, atmosphere all would lead me to recommend the place and return for another meal.

RC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Had to wait 20 minutes even with a reservation and people with no reservation were being seated ahead of us Vey very very disappointing

LM
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Italian food in a wonderful atmosphere. Staff was excellent and very accommodating. Would definitely highly recommend!

D
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

It was very good!

SC
New England
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband I wanted to try a few new restaurants for Restaurant Week. Villa Francesca had a fabulous menu. So we decided to give it a try. We were sooooo glad we did. The lobster ravioli was amazing! My husband had the chicken cacciatore for his entree and was raving about it.
Our server was friendly and on top of everything. Food was was great. Would definitely make this a stop on another NorthEnd night.

EC
New England
10 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A very pleasant restaurant week dinner. The food was delicious. Did not feel rushed. Many choices on the prefix menu for restaurant week. Would definitely return.

N
New England
12 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We happened to visit during Dine Out Boston & had a wonderful 3 course lunch for $25.
The food was excellent. I had the mussel appetizer, veal and pasta main course and cannoli for dessert (which was stuffed tableside) My friend had tomato & mozzarella, chicken broccoli over ziti, and custard dessert.
The staff was attentive and friendly and food came in a timely manner and the atmosphere was fun
I’d recommend Villa Francesca highly

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