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Ristorante Villa Francesca

150 Richmond St, Boston, MA 02109 (North End)
(617) 367-2948
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Ranked #930 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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Menomonee Falls, WI
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20 reviews 20 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

We had a wonderful dining experience at this restaurant. We started out at the bar and had cocktails from the friendly, expert bartender. Our table was right next to one of the open windows which offered great people watching. Our server was friendly and helpful. Dinner was excellent. We had pasta, fish, and beef dishes and all were nicely done.... More

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Derby, Kansas
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211 reviews 211 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

The concierge at our hotel had recommended this restaurant as she had grown up in the North End. The service and food was wonderful. We were traveling with our teenage grandsons, and when first looking at the menu the choices were very fancy and expensive. It wasn't until the server came back to the table that she told us we... More

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Winona, Minnesota
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We had a delicious Italian meal at Villa Francesca. The location is easy to find and is very close to Paul Revere's house. The ravioli in a cream sauce was excellent and the portion was perfect. Try the Caprese Salad before the meal. We were fortunate to get a window seat. It overlooks the sidewalk and is open air style.... More

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Bulverde, Texas
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35 reviews 35 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

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
31 helpful votes 31 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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10 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
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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4 reviews 4 reviews
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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3 reviews 3 reviews
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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