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About Villa Francesca

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!

150 Richmond Street
Boston, MA 02109
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Seafood, Contemporary European

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 10:30pm
Friday- Saturday: 12:00pm - 11:30pm

Cross Street:
Hanover Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 367-2948

Website:
http://www.ristorantevillafrancesca.com/

Catering:
We provide a catering menu, please visit our website or call us for more information.

Parking Details:
Valet parking is available in the front of restaurant after 5:00 pm daily.

Public Transit:
Haymarket and Government Center--A quick walk up Hanover Street brings you to our step.

Executive Chef:
Guglielmo Ranauro

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
We provide a special event menu, please visit our website or call us for more information.

Private Dining

Private rooms with seating from 25 to 40 guests.

Villa Francesca Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

4.1

ambience

4.2

value

4.1

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Moderate

81% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (26)
Special Occasion (20)
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Neighborhood Gem (15)
Cozy (12)
Good for Groups (11)
Business Meals (9)
Casual (9)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Romantic (8)
Comfort Food (8)
Notable Wine List (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Fun (6)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Great for Lunch (4)
People Watching (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Healthy (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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 (Canberra / ACT)·Dined 7 days ago

Food was lovely however found the place very overcrowded and over staffed . Staff looked bored and would congregate in a group near our table , would all speak Latin American loud and stare at us while we were eating , the minute we put our fork down they would rush to collect our plates , I found this very annoying, I also felt rushed . I had accidently spilt my wine, no one came to clean it off the floor or put a towel on the table .

Tags: Quick Bite
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 (New England)·Dined 7 days ago

Very pleased with our experience. Variety of choices for all palettes, fresh ingredients and good variety. Seafood risotto was excellent! Good service, attentive but not hovering.

Tags: Cozy, Gluten Free Options, Pre/post Theatre, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined 7 days ago

The food was exceptional, and the attention of the staff was excellent.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Casual, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on December 7, 2017

I've been coming here for many years and the food and service is consistently good and a great value.

Tags: Business Meals, Casual, Authentic
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The lobster ravioli was very good, but the rest of the food was average . The gnocchi and the house bread resembled store bought. The table were so close together that I was more apt to hear the conversation next to me, than with my wife. Average.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Dinner was wonderful as was the service. Highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, People Watching, Late-night Find
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 (New England)·Dined on November 25, 2017

This place very cozy and comfortable food is good and drinks

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·Dined on November 24, 2017

The service was very slow. Most of the meals were good. I ordered seafood fra davalo. Not only wasn’t it spicy, the red sauce was flavorless

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 (New England)·Dined on November 21, 2017

I have not been here for many years. It was a slow night.

The restaurant takes itself much more seriously than it had in the past. Too much so. The service was not polite or accommodating.

The food was good but not great. I had the veal valdestana. It was average. The calamari app was different and very good.

Too early other choices to go back

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 (New England)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Love the food here, everything is fresh and very tasty

Tags: Tasting Menu, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Very crowded and LOUD!! Can't hear yourself talk.
Because of this, service was poor.
No patking, had to goaround many times.
Food was very goodbut not worth losing your hearing.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 8, 2017

We’ve dined at several North End Italian restaurants, but this was our first time at Villa Francesca. Based on this visit, we consider Villa Francesca to be the best in the North End: pleasant ambiance, attentive but discreet service, and good food throughout the courses. We found the steamed clam appetizer we’d been looking for. Our waiter cheerfully accommodated our request to split a salad. We had two different veal dishes for the main course: both very good. Wine by the glass was fine. No dessert though. Nice location a little away from Hanover St.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Everything from the food to service was fantastic !

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We had an reservation for 7:45pm and were not seated until 8:30pm. It was hard to hear the waiter when he spoke of the specials of the evening and the tables were so close together that you were practically eating someone else's dinner.

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Reservation at 8:15, wasn’t seated until 8:35. Then they messed up my father’s entree on his birthday.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We eat in Boston's North End about 10 to 15 times per year. Over the years, we have gravitated toward three different Italian restaurants as our "go to" options. On this occasion, we decided to branch out beyond our standard three, and we're glad we did. Both of us had veal dishes and were very impressed with every aspect of the food. The menu was quite varied with a lot of different options (many impressive looking seafood options, which we will try in the future). Service was very prompt, attentive, and courteous. We definitely have added this restaurant into our regular rotation of the Italian restaurants that we like to visit.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

I selected Villa Francesca based on the overall good reviews it received on OpenTable - we were very disappointed. It's nothing more than a second rate spaghetti house. We arrived about 20 minutes early for our reservation, and checked in to see if there was an open table. We were told very rudely to leave and come back in 20 minutes. When we came back we still had to wait 20 minutes past our reservation time. My pasta was over cooked pasta from the box(not fresh), and my son received a dish he didn't order. The server insisted he ordered it and would not correct. The server did not offer fresh Parmesan, did not stop by to see if we needed anything. Save your time and money, find another restaurant.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Never again. Very disappointing food quality and service. Not worthy of Boston's North End reputation. Hispanic servers who don't speak English, don't speak much at all and virtually throw table settings at you.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Great spot. Recommend by a family member with friends in Boston. A great find. The hostess was great, an asset to the business. Great meal.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Cozy, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Healthy
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Really enjoyed the evening. I don't love the fake lobster and lemon in the boat , they could do so much better than that. The open air window, service and food are excellent. This was my second time thwre

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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Surly waiter! What was his problem and why is he in the customer service business? Food was exceptional

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·Dined on October 14, 2017

We went for our anniversary and it was amazing. The ability to get a reservation online, the valet parking(especially in the North End) and the staff made it a perfect night for us

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Great food. Was hard to choose from so many great selections. Everyone at the table was very happy with thier selection. Great service. Was seated downstairs - not the best ambiance - but worth it for the food.

Tags: Authentic
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

We needed accommodations for a group of 17 and everything went off without a hitch. The food was great and the dessert was even better! Our group was very appreciative of the restaurant accommodating such a large group with no complaints.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Unfortunately food was fair and took forever to come out. Service was not good. Very pricy for the experience.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 7, 2017

We were 15min late for our reservation, but they were still able to seat us in a timely manner. Food was excellent, the sauce amazing! Great service.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Authentic, People Watching
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Revisiting Boston after many years.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 7, 2017

I took my mom there for our first night out since my dad passed after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. It took one hour for us to get our food after we ordered . The waiter didn’t even give us the time of day or even check to see if we needed anything. I was very disappointed in the service we received.

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·Dined on October 6, 2017

Never a bad meal, if you don't see it in the menu ask, classic Italian dining

Tags: Casual, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Kid-friendly, Authentic
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 (Tampa)·Dined on September 30, 2017

The restaurant was very noisy and chaotic and we had to wait 30 minutes to get our table even though we made reservations. The hostess did not do a very good job managing the walk in traffic and we saw numerous people with reservations getting frustrated just like us. When we were seated we ordered some wine and they brought us a wine that was a different vintage from what was depicted on the wine list and she tried to tell us “that’s what happens”, so clearly she knows nothing about wine, which as a wine spectator award winner was very disappointing. Service was slow in general. If it wasn’t for the fabulous food the night would have been a bust.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 23, 2017

This was a family and friends get together before the Ed Sherman concert at the TDGarden. Early dining at 5:30 for a party if 12. Delicious food and very accommodating to special palates and children. The restaurant is deceivingly spacious with two lower level seating areas. Everyone had a wonderful meal! Short walk to Hanover Street and back to Boston for any event.

Tags: Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Business Meals, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Comfort Food, Kid-friendly
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·Dined on September 21, 2017

Good food one of our party was late there was no pressure from staff.
Leisurely dinner.
Desserts were to dye for.
We were not rushed out able to enjoy friends visiting.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on September 17, 2017

The food was excellent and the atmosphere lovely but we felt rushed from the moment we sat down. There was much activity on the part of the waitstaff and it felt more like a food mill as diners were moved on an assembly line then sitting down in a relaxed atmosphere. I'm sure if we pushed back and asked for more time we would've gotten it but no one should have to be in that position in a fine restaurant.

Tags: Authentic
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

I have been going since the mid 80's and for the first time dissatisfied, we were sat no water was brought we had to ask, no bread was served until we again asked, the ravioli dish was dry. The waiter never checked on our meals and seemed to forget about us. I have had many amazing meals here and was very unhappy given it was a special occasion.

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Hands down my favorite Italian restaurant in the USA. I have been to Italy twice and this place takes me back there. Absolutely fantastic Veal Parmigiana and my wife loves the Fettucine Ai Carciofi! Order a cannoli and they put the cream in for you tableside which is unique and fun - we also thought the cannoli was just as good or better than Mike's Pastry but with no waiting. We were in Boston this time for 4 nights and ate there three times. Don't listen to anyone that says this food is not good unless you are into Olive Garden type "Italian" food! This place is the real deal.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Bar Seating
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Waited for over 20 minutes despite the reservation. Then the food service was extremely slow. 6 out of 7 of our meals came together and the 7th arrived 10 min. later. Management sent a shot of limoncello as an apology, but really the meal should have been taken off the bill. Eaten here many times and will again though, because the food is EXCELLENT!

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 2, 2017

We enjoyed our visit to Villa Francesca. We were a party of 9 and this restaurant is one of the few in the North End that can accommodate multiple large parties. Everyone was very happy with what they ordered. Note that "traditional" dishes such as chicken parm, pasta carbonara and others are not on the menu but are available if you ask.

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Upon arriving, we were brought to the downstairs area which was cold and dark. The service was fine but the food was overpriced. My husband ordered a glass of chianti and it was awful. Would not go back.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 22, 2017

Wonderful classic old school Italian restaurant. Friendly host and waitstaff...the menu has a great variety of classic Italian food....there is something for everyone on the menu. Very good portions and delicious meals.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New England)·Dined on August 18, 2017

A bit of a wait but well worth it. We got to sit at a table near the windows which were open and right at the street. Because it's not the Main Street and just an alley, the vibe was good. Some street musicians came by and made the mood a bit more romantic with the help of a few tips of course. Oh and the food was great. The prefix trio menu was good and the food was delicious and quite filling. Friendly service as well.

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