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Francesca's Italian Kitchen

93 Ardmore Street, Wanaka, New Zealand
+64 3-443 5599
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Ranked #2 of 57 restaurants in Wanaka
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
Arrowtown, New Zealand
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

I had really forgotten how good Italian food can really be! Fabulous flavour combinations like no other cuisine! After a recommendation from a good friend, we made the passage from Arrowtown to try out something new on the other side of the mountain range. We weren't disappointed. The simple italian breads were fab and the beef cheek pasta dish was... More

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

Hi there, thanks for your lovely review. I'm so glad you enjoyed your meal with us and we hope to see you again soon. Cheers! More

Auckland Region, New Zealand
Top Contributor
140 reviews 140 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Came for dinner, had the parma nectarine ($18), and beef carpaccio ($20) as our primi. Nice seasoning, abit too much rocket just tossed on top of both dishes. For mains we had the orecchiette pasta with Italian sausage ($22) and duck with papradello ($25). Nice spicy flavours on the first dish which needed some olive oil (it was abit dry)... More

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

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to write a review. I'm glad you enjoyed your food. I'm sorry you found the atmosphere smoky. This does happen from time to time and normally a door is opened which provides an additional draw to extract the smoke in addition to our extraction unit. The smoke usually clears literally within minutes... More

Wanaka, New Zealand
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Francesca's is a friendly and helpful restaurant .one of our party is gluten free and the staff went through the menu with her in detail to avoid the chance of an allergic reaction We all ordered something different and all the dishes were well presented and very tasty. There is a good selection on the menu and they also have... More

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

Hi there, Thank you for writing such a nice review. I'm glad our staff explained the menu so well. We have recently updated our menu to highlight exactly which dishes are gluten free to make things easier for those that are gluten intolerant. Thanks for dining with us. Cheers! More

Wanaka, New Zealand
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

During a Family event we ate here twice within a very short time. Most impressed with the food, particularly the Polenta Fries, and the friendliness of the staff. When crowded this can be a very noisy space but with that accepted it certainly feels like a great place to be.

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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 liked the polenta fries! More

Monte-Carlo, Monaco
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115 reviews 115 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
201 helpful votes 201 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

I visited Wanaka in preparation to the International Air Show and dine at Francesca four time in a row. I tried arriving very early evening before as the restaurant opens at 5.00 pm, I never really bother with bookings because i am spontaneous with my schedules and mood. I tried as well arriving after 9.00 pm if I could, so... More

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

Hi there, Thank you for dining with us for four nights. We do appreciate this and I'm glad that overall you had a nice dining experience with us. However, after careful investigation, I would like to address your comments about our waitress on your last night of dining with us. She only explained to you that she was a vegetarian... More

Auckland Region, New Zealand
Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

We gathered at Francesca's with a fairly large group in February for a pre-wedding get together. We sat outside and ordered drinks, platters & pizza's. The food was delicious & the atmosphere great! It was early in the week, but the place was buzzing with people. Francesca's is tucked away around the corner in a sheltered spot. We will visit... 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 review. I'm glad your group had an enjoyable time. Cheers! More

Temuka, New Zealand
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

I visit Wanaka regulary. Called in for lunch with my daughters and ordered a pizza with Polenta Chips........Fantastico! Chips arrive in a small pot plant like container/friendly staff and great service. Definitely will be returning next time I'm there :o) (Im going to google the recipe for Polenta chips, mmmmmmmmm)

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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. It did make me smile. Glad you enjoyed the Polenta Fries. They are something of a sensation down here now. We hope to see you again soon. Cheers! More

Tel Aviv, Israel
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

We just kept coming there again, in our vacation in NZ. I liked especially the fungi pizza (my husband had the salmon one and said it was delicious too)! oh, and the chocolate fondant is the BEST!

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

Hi there, Thank you so much for your kind review and for dining with us. I'm so glad you enjoyed your meal. I agree, the chocolate badinas are pretty tasty. Cheers! More

Harrogate, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Wonderful stone baked pizza with fresh ingredients in a nice light, open, location. highly recommended.

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

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

Sentosa Island, Singapore
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32 reviews 32 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed this lovely Italian Eatery. The service was excellent as was the food. Portions were very generous as well. It is very busy within the restaurant with close tables and lively conversation. Highly recommend.

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

Hi there, Thank you for your lovely review. I'm so glad you enjoyed your meal and thanks for pointing out the need for a reservation. That's very helpful for us. Cheers! More

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