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“I wish we had eaten here on our second night, too!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Ristorante Francesca

Ristorante Francesca
Vico Bruno Buozzi, 9, 75100 Matera, Italy
0835.310443
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Ranked #15 of 184 Restaurants in Matera
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Ubicato nel cuore dei sassi di matera, a due passi dalla spettacolare piazza S.Pietro Caveoso, il Ristorante Francesca propone una cucina tipica rivisitata utilizzando prodotti selezionati di provenienza e produzione locale. Ambienti interni scavati nel tufo( pietra caratteristica locale) ambienti esterni di esclusivo utilizzo stagionale ( primavera/estate ) caratterizzati da terrazzi esterni che rendono il trascorrere del tempo piacevole e lo spazio infinito.
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“I wish we had eaten here on our second night, too!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

Unable to get a table on the small terraces, we sat inside a large cellar where everything was white except the chairs which are purple plastic – Phillip Stark? There was just one other diner when we arrived, though a local family with a 3-year old daughter came to eat at about 9, and a larger party arrived shortly before we were due to leave.
The Francesca is rather a smart restaurant with rather smart waiters, proudly serving local products and traditional recipes. We had a local wine of 1986 which I thought a little tannic at first, but was pleasant with food.
R had mozzarella and tomato which was called Caprese Salad here. I had a starter of 2 local recipes. The little stuffed aubergine was delicious. R enjoyed the puree of fava beans more than I did. It was done up in ruccola (roquette).
Then R had beef fillet – several slices – beautifully pink & juicy – with a large bowl of home-made crisps – still warm – and excellent. I had a mixed grill of a sausage, 2 pieces of sweetbread and 3 lamb chops. All very tasty, but far too much to eat. The grilled veg I ordered with it were long thin strips of courgette and aubergine. They seemed to have been grilled without olive oil and were more like steamed – less enjoyable. Perhaps I should have dressed them with oil.
Although we were rather full by now, we couldn’t resist trying the home-made cassata. We thought this would be a vanilla ice cream with little pieces of orange & lemon peel, but it turned out to be a light sponge cake filled with a cream of that kind and smothered in uncooked, sweetened egg white. I would have preferred ice cream. With coffee and R’s beer, the bill came to 87 euros which I think was quite reasonable. It might have been a little cheaper had we ordered one full instead of 2 half bottles of the wine.
When R had paid, we were offered a digestif, which we declined. We went to bed feeling we had had a very pleasant evening.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Matera, Italy
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“Best meat in town!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

Ristorante Francesca is a MUST GO if you are in Matera. It definitely makes your trip worthwhile. After a long tiring day of walking around sassi, let Francesca treat you with her delicacies.. .

  • Visited June 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Excellent Pasta”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

There were 14 of us for lunch and we has a lovely long table in an alcove so that we felt quite private. We had a "quick" pasta lunch which everyone enjoyed. The pasta sauces are fresh and full of flavour with beautiful fresh cherry tomatoes.

I'd love to come back for a longer, more relaxed lunch.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Excellent”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2012

Had one of our best Italian meals here...get the mixed appetizers...delish! For 2 we were happy with that and then shared pasta and dessert. Would definitely go back.

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“Absolutely some of the best food I have eaten”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012 via mobile

We asked for anti pasto for 4 but were recommended that for 2 would be enough and they were right. The cheese starting with s (it's too long to remember) was best I have ever eaten. The bill was a bit more than at lther places but well worth it. Super friendly staff. Would go back in a second! Delicious

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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