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Ristorante Villa Francesca

150 Richmond St, Boston, MA 02109 (North End)
(617) 367-2948
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Ranked #1,022 of 2,814 restaurants in Boston
Price range: $31 - $40
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romance, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: North End
Cross street: Hanover Street
Transit: Haymarket and Government Center--A quick walk up Hanover Street brings you to our step.
Description: Villa Francesca is one of Boston's oldest North End restaurants. Enjoy Italian cuisine inspired by the recipes of Francesca and the Guglielmo family. Fresh seafood, pastas, prime cut chops and steaks arrive daily for you dining pleasure. We love seafood just as much as you do and have designed a Prix Fixe 3-course Seafood menu available every night!Enjoy an intimate candlelit night or a night out with friends to make your special event a night to remember. Our restaurant can facilitate your event needs by booking one of the private function spaces for any special occasion.
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Bulverde, Texas
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35 reviews 35 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014 NEW

Delicious fare by any standard, attentive staff, and immediately responsive to a slight mistake on one of our orders. There were five of us for supper and drinks/wine and the bill was less than $200, which in Historic Boston is somewhat of a miracle, especially with wine.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Came here for dinner; food was terrible and tasteless. Sent back my food and ordered plain spaghetti and then they had the nerve to charge me 17 dollars for PLAIN PASTA. When the bill came, I was charged 2 dollars extra for my drink for no reason. I spoke to the owner about my terrible experience and his attitude was... More

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London, Canada
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26 reviews 26 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

We had a large group and were recommended this restaurant by the concierge at the Park Plaza. Good recommendation. A fabulous meal all around, with no complaints from anyone. The foods was traditional Italian fare, as well as a blend with east coast seafood. We sat in a private room in the lower level, which was perfect for our group.... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

I visited this restaurant by chance with my wife for lunch. When we were seated we were offered the wine list but said we'd rather have just water. Shortly after I asked if they stocked Peroni as I fancied a beer; I was asked for ID which is pretty standard even though I am 27. Upon production of a valid... More

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Nashville, Tennessee
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3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We absolutely loved our meal at Ristorante Villa Francesca! My boyfriend and I shared the prie fixed seafood special and were overwhelmed by the amount of the three course meal. We enjoyed the lobster ravioli (MUST TRY!), mussels, shrimp fettuccine (Again, must try!) and seafood medley. For dessert the waiter stuffed fresh canolis at our table,which was a nice treat.... More

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Lodi, New Jersey
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104 reviews 104 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

I visited Villa Francesca on my first night in Boston this past week. The food was delicious. It's a nice little place just off the main beat, so you get the ambiance of Little Italy without all the hustle fo the crowd (lots of restaurants in North End have open seating to outside). The downside is you get a small... More

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Belleville, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014 via mobile

Fourteen people attended and every person was extremely impressed. The food was traditional, delicious and plentiful. A special thank you to Sergio our server. He was amazing and not intimidated at all by a large boistrous group of indecisive people. Can not recommend place this enough.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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27 reviews 27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014 via mobile

We are Boston residents and also foodies-and have spent a lot of time trying restaurants in the North End. Somehow, we never made it to Villa Francesca until today. We were in the North End for lunch, and since many of our favorite spots only serve dinner, we found ourselves at Villa Francesca, and were so glad we did! There... More

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Centennial, Colorado
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Our concierge at the hotel HIGHLY recommened this restaurant as we wanted an authentic Italian meal. Slow service, expensive wine, loud, dark and when the meals finally came, both were tasteless and blah. We told the waitress both meals were not acceptable. The waitress could have cared less..she took the meals away and brought us our tab for the wines.... More

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baltimore,md
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48 reviews 48 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Recommend by the concierge at our hotel. Our group of 6 arrived 30 minutes early for our reservation and they were able to seat us immediately. Everything we ordered was delicious from the appetizers to the entrees. The lobster ravioli appetizer was wonderful. They had no problems with special requests and made suggestions of pastas off the menu. Wine list... More

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