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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

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.2

ambience

4.2

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

82% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (10)
Good for a Date (10)
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Casual (8)
Cozy (7)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Notable Wine List (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Romantic (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Business Meals (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Fun (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Great for Lunch (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
People Watching (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Seasonal (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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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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 (New England)·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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 (New England)·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 16, 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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 (New England)·Dined on September 15, 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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vip
 (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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 (Miami)·Dined on August 18, 2017

MADE RESERVATION ON OPEN TABLE. ASKED FOR TABLE ON WALL AND WITH A VIEW. GOT BOTH. HAD A QUIET BEAUTIFUL TABLE WITH A GREAT WAITER. WINE WAS EXPANSIVE, BUT NOT A PROBLEM.. THERE ARE LESS EXPENSIVE ONES IF YOU PREFER. WOULD GO BACK WHEN IN BOSTON AGAIN

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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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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food5
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 (New England)·Dined on August 18, 2017

We love the ambiance, delicious food and friendly staff.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on August 17, 2017

I usually come to this restaurant every restaurant week, this time will be the last time. Our service was terrible, the waiter was very rude. They changed the recipes on both the lobster ravioli, they added dill (gross) and the shrimp fettuccine recipe has changed too, it was not worth the $40 this time.

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 (Denver)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Very nice restaurant with surprisingly good prices! A little slow moving at first until we succumbed to the leisurely pace. Excellent seafood options!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on August 17, 2017

It started off good. We were seated on time and given beverages and even ordered an appetizer which came out pretty quickly.

It was downhill from there. There was 45-60 minutes until the main course came out and while waiting for our meals the hostess ask if she could take our high chair for another party. We had a 14 month old! Really???

Then we finally got the food and when we finished we waited for the socializing waitress to finish her conversation to deliver the dessert after all the dinner plates were cleared.

All and all it took 2 1/2 hours to feed 4 people with an infant and a toddler. It was frustrating to say the least.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 17, 2017

TERRIFIC MEAL AND SERVICE !!!!!!!
Will definitely return for another meal.

Tags: Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Both the hostess and our waiter were rude. And it was evident they wanted a quick turnover. The food was lukewarm. This is a restaurant that caters to tourist without interest in developing a return clientele.

Tags: People Watching
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 14, 2017

I returned for a second time in the span of a week for the delicious chicken picato. Our server was lovely but the fried mozzarella app took too long and arrived cold and hard. Despite this the lemon drop martini and the pasta made up for it. I'll certainly be returning, but I may ask for Siomara next time as I really enjoyed the excellent service she provided.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 13, 2017

We went during Restaurant Week (DineOut Boston) and were very happy with our choice. Often during this week, the specials offered are very limited (2-3 appetizers, 2-4 entrees, 2 desserts). Villa Francesca offered 8-10 choices of both appetizer and entree - enough selection that everyone was very pleased with their options. The food was delicious with abundant portion, and the service was attentive without being obtrusive. Would definitely recommend to others.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 12, 2017

I've been to Villa Francesca many times, so my review is based on this recent experience. The Cons - The Hostess at the front made me uncomfortable - she was looking at me up and down and I received a strange vibe - not a great situation for a front of the restaurant person. Next, my allergies were never disclosed to Server even though I noted this on the Open Table reservation. Also, I have an issue with the table not be cleaned prior to dessert. Empty plates, bottles, etc., and crumbs stayed on the table throughout our experience - this was disturbing as the restaurant wasn't packed and there were plenty of wait staff available standing around.

The Pros - food was good and service was very good.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Cozy atmosphere, friendly staff and great food! Looking forward to returning! There we two of us for lunch, can't wait to return with family for special occasion!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 10, 2017

I believe my server was Siomara, she was knowledgeable, friendly, and extremely attentive. I would go back just for her service as it is quite hard to find great service like she provided. This from a service industry veteran of a decade.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 8, 2017

Best Italian in the North End!!! Love this place for every occasion!!!

Tags: Romantic, Happy Hour, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Omaha)·Dined on August 8, 2017

The service was slow and, other than the bread/bus person, not at all attentive. The food had good flavor, but the rest of the experience negatively impacted that. I would go to other locations in the North End over this place.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 6, 2017

We had a great experience celebrating my son's 21st birthday during restaurant week. The food was delicious and the service was excellent.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, People Watching, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Comfort Food
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 5, 2017

The food was excellent the service was very good. The only disappointment was we had asked for a table by the window which wasn't available but instead of another table upstairs where it is light open and airy they seated us in the hot dark basement. Not what we were hoping for couldn't help but be disappointed.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 3, 2017

Visited this lovely restaurant on our trip to Boston, and it met all of our expectations.
Fish was fresh and delicious, service was outstanding!
A bit on the noisy level, but we could hear ourselves speak without any issues.
I would definitely recommend this restaurant for anyone who is seeking wonderful food and a terrific time!

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Loud obnoxious people at the next table ruined the meal. Food was average. Only one bathroom worked in the packed restaurant.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Got there at 715 and table not ready. Also mentioned it was a special occasion. Gives us a table downstairs next to a very loud table filled with kids the parents didn't care. We ask to move. Get placed in the front. Now 815 and nothing ordered. No mention to waitress who was good but still took 20 min to bring bread and forgot an appetizer. Overall bad experience and will never come again.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Great place for a meal. Traditional Italian food and flexible menu.

They mean to please. The bread is fresh, and the place is just a nice neighborhood eatery.

We have gone there many times and they do not disappoint !

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on July 22, 2017

The Best! Spend wedding anniversary dinner each summer & never disappointed!

Tags: Tasting Menu, People Watching, Romantic
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Good service and great food. Meet people sitting next to us that make trips into Boston to eat at this restaurant.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Overall experience was good. Felt my pasta dish was missing something to give it the extra wow factor but my mother loved her dish!

Tags: Casual
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 11, 2017

Another great experience at Villa Francesca. It's a North End classic! Very good pasta and fish dishes.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Staying in Boston for one day and decided to go here for dinner. Great decision! Sat at a table that had an open window to the outside and it was lovely! My almost 70 year old parents said it was the best meal they had ever had, and they have had many fine dinning experiences. Thanks for the great memory in Boston!

Tags: Hot Spot, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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