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Francesca's Italian Kitchen

93 Ardmore Street, Wanaka, New Zealand
+64 3-443 5599
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Ranked #1 of 59 restaurants in Wanaka
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $26
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Description: Excellent, affordable Italian food in a wonderful location with a real wood fired pizza oven. Lunch served from 12.00 pm to 3 pm. Dinner served from 5.00 pm to late. Bookings essential for dinner. Good for families and groups. We accept Cash, Eftpos, Visa, Mastercard and American Express only. Gift Vouchers available. No wifi. Open seven days a week. RESERVATIONS BY TELEPHONE ONLY PLEASE.
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  • English first
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  • German first
  • Italian first
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English first
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Top Contributor
113 reviews 113 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

I have many reasons of why I'm so in love with Wanaka so much. One of them is because I had, honestly, the most delicious lunch at Francesca's Italian Kitchen. My tummy was so happy after having their Orecchiette. The pasta was so al dente and cooked to perfection. Once it was inside my mouth, it was bursting with flavours.... More

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Belinda S, Owner at Francesca's Italian Kitchen, responded to this review

Hi there, Thank you for such a glowing review. We like to send people away with happy tummys. Cheers! More

New Zealand
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Very busy on the night we were there but still the service was friendly and prompt. The menu is great with plenty we wanted to try so we decided to dine Italian family style and just order a few dishes to share between the four of us then once we were done with these we ordered a few more and... More

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Belinda S, Owner at Francesca's Italian Kitchen, responded to this review

Hi there, Thank you so much for dining with us and for taking the time to write such a nice review. We really appreciate it. Cheers! More

Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Really friendly staff, scrumptious food. I had the gnocchi with braised beef cheeks - my hubby had food envy. His ragu bolognese was pretty good too. For a mid size restaurant they served the food extremely quickly - felt like 10mins after we ordered but was prob 15mins. We booked, the restaurant was 80% full the entire time we were... More

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Belinda S, Owner at Francesca's Italian Kitchen, responded to this review

Hi there, Thanks for your very kind review. I'm so glad you enjoyed the gnocchi and the bolognese, They are both very popular dishes. Cheers! More

Contributor
18 reviews 18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW via mobile

Managed to squeeze a spot for two of us eating at the bar which was absolutely fine. This was our second attempt at gaining entry so booking is advisable. The staff were well versed in both the menu and wine list, very friendly and timing of service was perfect. We never felt rushed, or that we were waiting. Both of... More

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Belinda S, Owner at Francesca's Italian Kitchen, responded to this review

Hi there, Thank you so much for your lovely review. I'm so glad you enjoyed everything. Cheers! More

Sydney, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

We loved this place that we came back two nights in a row, and tried to come on the third day for lunch but we got there too late (lunch until 3pm). We were there during NZ school holidays so it was full every night with mostly big bookings (8+) even though we were there at 6pm. The wait staff... More

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Belinda S, Owner at Francesca's Italian Kitchen, responded to this review

Hi there, Thank you so much for dining with us two nights in a row. I'm so glad you enjoyed your meals and we do hope to see you again one day. Cheers! More

New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

This restaurant is NZ best kept secret. Great food and realistic prices. But you must book even at 6pm on a Monday.

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Belinda S, Owner at Francesca's Italian Kitchen, responded to this review

Hi there, Thank you so much for your lovely review and thanks for pointing out the need to book. Dinner reservations are still essential. Cheers! More

Singapore, Singapore
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

This has got to be the best Italian I've ever tasted anywhere in the world, and it's totally worth every dollar spent. Staff are very professional and welcoming which is just, let's face it, that much more appetising. Serving sizes are more than adequate (unless you're a huge eater, you know who you are); we shared 2 mains and a... More

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Belinda S, Owner at Francesca's Italian Kitchen, responded to this review

Hi there, Thank you for your glowing review. We really appreciate your kind words. I'm so glad you enjoyed the ragu. Cheers! More

Port Macquarie, Australia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014 via mobile

After dining here once last July during our annual ski holiday we could not wait to dine here again. It did not disappoint. Food, service, wine all excellent. In fact it was so good we're had three dinners and a lunch at Francesca's this time. Loved it and can't wait for next year.

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Belinda S, Owner at Francesca's Italian Kitchen, responded to this review

Hi there, Thanks for your kind review. We still have nothing on the menu over $30 though. Cheers! More

Bath
Top Contributor
127 reviews 127 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Very popular restaurant and great food on the high end price for Italian but all very good and the pizzas are good.

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Belinda S, Owner at Francesca's Italian Kitchen, responded to this review

Hi there, Thank you for your review. Glad you enjoyed evreything. Cheers! More

Alice Springs, Australia
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Nice traditional place, lovely woodfired pizzas and cocktails. Worth a visit. You can dine outside with heaters or indoors if you prefer.

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Belinda S, Owner at Francesca's Italian Kitchen, responded to this review

Hi there, Thanks for your review. I'm glad you enjoyed dining with us. Thank you! More

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