I love the North End. You pretty much can’t go wrong anywhere in there for food. Villa Francesca was no exception. Great food. Good service. Fair pricing. Great location.
We had a very nice dinner for 6. Food was very good, and staff wad friendly.
There are so many good, little restaurants in the North End, it is really difficult to pick the "one". Considering it was Valentines Day, everything was smooth from the moment we walked in the door. We were seated right away. Our waitperson explained the set menu for the occasion as well as the regular menu. Drinks and delicious bread was served promptly while our order was taken.
I had the Cozze Alla Francesca, mussels. OMG! They were so good! My main was Fettuccine Calamari which was just OK. I did eat it all, but I was still dreaming about the mussels. My Valentine had Sogliola Alla Meditteranea, which was also delicious. Now the problem happened.
What do you want for dessert? If you want Tortino Di Choccolato Fondente you need to order it with your main. We didn't and the place was very busy. Our waitress checked the manager at our request to see if they would mind if we tied up the table. It was not a problem and 20 minutes later this awesome dessert arrived! It ended our evening perfectly!
One note is that they do validate parking at the Parcel 7 garage.
All in all, we are ready to go back! Is this the "one"?
We absolutely love Villa Francesca. It’s my favorite restaurant. The lobster raviolis are to die for. The fritti did mare is also excellent!
We were led to the basement and decided not to stay. Wasn’t a Valentine’s Day setting in our judgement .
There were tables on the main floor, but the hostess said they were “reserved”. Apparently, not for Open Table users.
Make sure you get seated downstairs or in the main room- we were by the bar and it was loud and cold! Amazing lobster ravioli and fresh cannoli. Great food. Just be prepared to take your time, as service is slow. This is restaurant that is worth the trip!
I couldn’t avast for a better meal or a better time or a better place the entire evening was fantastic
Overall, not a bad experience. I’ve been going for years and food is always consistently good.
Brought my parents to our favorite place before the celtics game - outstanding as always!
Really lovely people. Will come back next time I’m in Boston.
We ordered the veal parm. and couldn't find the veal...a tiny little piece covered in Mozz. !The extra large plate was bigger than the portion. Sauce was tasty and ziti was good. Bread was stale & it look moldy.
Loved the dessert, the "Cornet Suzie" was amazing....but with all the wonderful restaurants in Boston's North End I wish we found somewhere else to have dinner. The chicken breast was overcooked and couldn't be cut with a butter knife (they did remake the dish but of course one person is waiting as we are trying to eat a hot meal), and the mussels were so teeny and were starting to get a undesirable fishy smell. I'd go again for wine, cappuccino and dessert--because it is very cozy, but I wouldn't choose to eat dinner there again...
It was so amazing We love this restaurant and go here at least twice a month. It never disappoints us!
Excellent ambience on the lower level and very intimate settings.Food was really authentic and good.
Anniversary dinner of my wife beating breast cancer. The server was amazing, attentive and fun. The ambiance was perfect and the food was fabulous. Thank you villa Francesca
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 .
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.
The food was exceptional, and the attention of the staff was excellent.
I've been coming here for many years and the food and service is consistently good and a great value.
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.
Dinner was wonderful as was the service. Highly recommend this restaurant.
This place very cozy and comfortable food is good and drinks
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
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
Love the food here, everything is fresh and very tasty
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.
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.
Reservation at 8:15, wasn’t seated until 8:35. Then they messed up my father’s entree on his birthday.
Everything from the food to service was fantastic !