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Francesca's Italian Kitchen

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Italian, Pizza, Pasta
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93 Ardmore Street, Wanaka 9382, New Zealand
+64 3-443 5599
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12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dessert, Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Excellent, affordable Italian food with a vibrant atmosphere and a real...
Excellent, affordable Italian food with a vibrant atmosphere and 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. We accept Cash, Eftpos, Visa, Mastercard and American Express only. Gift Vouchers available. No wifi. Open seven days a week. RESERVATIONS STRICTLY BY TELEPHONE ONLY PLEASE. PLEASE DO NOT EMAIL FOR A RESERVATION.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Excellent Italian

We were all very impressed by the food and atmosphere. The pizzas are wonderful as was the rest of the food our group ordered. Very friendly staff. Well worth a visit if you are in Wanaka but make sure you book in advance as it is very popular!

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
Judy B
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

We were all very impressed by the food and atmosphere. The pizzas are wonderful as was the rest of the food our group ordered. Very friendly staff. Well worth a visit if you are in Wanaka but make sure you book in advance as it is very popular!

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

We went for a light lunch and had beautiful pumpkin soup, this is a nice place to eat warm and great service, can get busy but they do take bookings. Great service

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Ordered polenta fries and arancini balls for the entree, and shared a salmon pizza with the wife for the main. Entree's were excellent. The pizza was a little too oily for us, but beyond that the ambience, service and environment was excellent.

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King of Prussia, Pennsylvania
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

It's not the small Italian restaurant in Philadelphia that we love, but it was a excellent night out for the 2 grandchildren, their parents, and the grandparents. The server suggested kids' portions for pasta and pizza, main sized portion of a starter, and took care of sharing dishes. Very attentive and accommodating. All the choices were very tasty, certainly worthy... More 

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Kuala Lumpur
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94 reviews 94 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

This was our first visit and we were very impressed by the food. Very authentic and good. THUMBS UP! The pizzas were very nice and portions are good for sharing. Pizzas were made in their own pizza oven. Their breads are good too. We also had their cheese and cold cuts platter which was delicious. Highly recommend this restaurant in... More 

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Madrid, Madrid, Spain
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50 reviews 50 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

We went to Francesc'a following TA reviews and we were really disappointed about the quantity of the ingredients, not the quality, and the high prices for what you get. We ordered pizza parma and braised NZ lamb with tagliatelle. Each of these main dishes had a price of 20$. What we got was a pizza with a little transparent piece... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

I go to Wanaka several times a year for many years. Since Francesca's has opened I eat there on most visits. I have found the food always excellent and always very consistent. If you eat there you will not be disappointed. You will need to make a booking.

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FIKWanaka, Manager at Francesca's Italian Kitchen, responded to this review

Hi 'David C', Thank you for your continuing support since opening the restaurant and your kind review. See you next time! More 

Annecy, France
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63 reviews 63 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

We did enjoy very much our lunch in Francesca's Italian Kitchen. The decoration with open pizza oven kitchen and a mediteranean ambiance is great. The lunch menue featuring the choice of three antipasti, 3 insalata, 4 pasta and 9 Pizzas lack of variety of main courses. The food is good and the portion are right. The service is friendly and... More 

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FIKWanaka, Manager 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 you enjoyed your lunch. More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

We have eaten at Francesca's several times in the past couple of years & it never fails to impress. Great atmosphere, service and food. Tried at Easter but left our run too late sadly. Pays to book well in advance as I have now done for Queens b'thday weekend.

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FIKWanaka, Manager at Francesca's Italian Kitchen, responded to this review

Hi there, We're so pleased you keep returning. Sorry we couldn't fit you in over Easter but we look forward to welcoming you back for the Queen's birthday weekend. Thanks! More 

Wanaka, New Zealand
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

If you are visiting Wanaka, and you want a great Italian meal, you must try this restaurant. Talented Chefs, and excellent service make for very classy dinning.

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FIKWanaka, Manager at Francesca's Italian Kitchen, responded to this review

Thank you so much for recommending us to other reviewers. We are glad you enjoy it here. Cheers! More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 93 Ardmore Street, Wanaka 9382, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Otago Region  >  Wanaka
  • Phone Number: +64 3-443 5599

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 22
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizza, Pasta

Description

Excellent, affordable Italian food with a vibrant atmosphere and 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. We accept Cash, Eftpos, Visa, Mastercard and American Express only. Gift Vouchers available. No wifi. Open seven days a week. RESERVATIONS STRICTLY BY TELEPHONE ONLY PLEASE. PLEASE DO NOT EMAIL FOR A RESERVATION.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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