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!
Boston, MA 02109
Italian, Seafood, Contemporary European
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 10:30pm
Friday- Saturday: 12:00pm - 11:30pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
We provide a catering menu, please visit our website or call us for more information.
Valet parking is available in the front of restaurant after 5:00 pm daily.
Haymarket and Government Center--A quick walk up Hanover Street brings you to our step.
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 rooms with seating from 25 to 40 guests.
Villa Francesca Ratings and Reviews
As we are within a 10 minute walk, we have frequented this restaurant many times over the years but have not returned for about 2 years after a confrontation with a rude host who would not seat us 10 minutes early (6:20) in an empty restaurant while waiting for our third party who on her walk over from her apartment about 4 blocks away, which we explained. He insisted we sit at the bar to wait as we were told that this was the policy. Untrue, as the other dozen or so times we have been there (always early - 6 to 6:30) we have not been pushed to sit at the bar, but taken to the table when the restaurant is literally empty at that time of night in the dead of winter. Had it been otherwise, the request to go right to the table would not have been asked.
Since my husband refused to return, I went with a friend the other night as I missed the wonderful calamari appetiser and very much enjoy the veal marsala. The grilled calamari rings were extremely small on this occasion and very chewy giving a feeling like they came out of a bag , and the red sauce much thinner than I remember. I thought maybe it was just the "bottom of the deck" so to speak, but the people who were seated next to us ordered the same and they were also tiny (about the size of a dime in circumference). Disappointing. The veal marsala was okay. I was not asked about the sauce I preferred on my penne. There was a drizzle of marsala sauce on it, but quite dry generally. The waiter was very attentive, which is about the best I can say about this last experience. I would not recommend at this time. I know they can and have done much better.
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 .
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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