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“Mothers night off” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Francesca's Italian Kitchen

Francesca's Italian Kitchen
93 Ardmore Street, Wanaka 9382, New Zealand
+64 3-443 5599
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Ranked #2 of 63 Restaurants in Wanaka
Price range: $0 - $23
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
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. 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. PLEASE DO NOT EMAIL FOR A RESERVATION.
cromwell
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20 reviews 20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Mothers night off”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

I took my 2 teenagers out for a meal the night before mothers day.It pays to book early as the only tables available were at 6 or 8 pm.
I know why ..the food was great .The entree of pumpkin filled pasta with pine nuts sage and brown butter was the highlight.My (son 16 )diaeagrees as he ate a whole pepperoni pizza and was still keen on the bread and butter pudding .Faboulous food and well priced wine.We will be back with friends.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Belinda S, Owner at Francesca's Italian Kitchen, responded to this review, May 14, 2013
Hi there, Thanks for your lovely review. I'm so glad you and your family enjoyed it and that you got a night off from cooking. The pumpkin agnolotti is one of my personal favourites and is perfect at this time of the year. A lovely Autumnal dish. We hope to see you again soon. Thanks again!
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Wanaka, New Zealand
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Delicious and great service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

I ate at Francesca's as part of a large group (25+) and was really impressed with both the service and the food. The gnocchi - as others have said - was fantastic. The gnocci melt in your mouth and the sauce was spicy but not overpowering. I also had the Italian bread platter and the tiramisu, both were equally good. Love the decorations, especially the hanging jars for lights. Waitstaff were efficient and friendly. Can't wait to go back with family and friends. The only dilemma will be whether to branch out and try new dishes or have the same again!

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Belinda S, Owner at Francesca's Italian Kitchen, responded to this review, May 14, 2013
Hi Telly N,
Thank you so much for your kind review. I'm really glad you enjoyed your meal and we hope to see you again soon to tempt you with something else on the menu. Cheers!
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Brisbane, Australia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Gnocchi Clouds”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

The gnocchi were like little clouds. The appetizer were good as well. Ambiance is nice. They accommodated our 1yr old easily. Would come again.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Belinda S, Owner at Francesca's Italian Kitchen, responded to this review, May 9, 2013
Hi there, Thanks for taking the time to write a review. The gnocchi is one of the most popular things on the menu. I'm glad you enjoyed it. Thanks again!
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Akaroa, New Zealand
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“AUTHENTIC ITALIAN FOOD”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

Authentic Italian food. Warm, homey atmosphere where you can watch pizza being made. The menu and wine selection was excellent, showcasing local wines, and the portions were just the right size. Excellent was the service too. Would definately visit again when in Wanaka next.

Visited May 2013
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Belinda S, Owner at Francesca's Italian Kitchen, responded to this review, May 9, 2013
Hi Margy,
Thanks for taking the time to write a review. The wood fired pizza oven is a real bonus on these colder days and evenings and keeps us all toasty warm. Cheers!
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Great Evening out with the family.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

Had a fantastic last evening in Wanaka at Francesca's. Food was fantastic, good wine selection and full bar. Kids also loved their meal. Great feeling to the place. It get's booked up really quick -so be sure you book in advance. We tried so many things on the menu. all of the starters were fantastic.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Belinda S, Owner at Francesca's Italian Kitchen, responded to this review, May 9, 2013
Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We appreciate your kind words. Cheers!
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