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#123 of 229 Italian in Boston
#428 of 1,862 Restaurants in Boston


$31 - $40
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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North End
0.1 miles from North End
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Yummmm - just casually looking for a place to eat - had garlic bread, Ravioli— was really great - service good too and bonus is in the shade when outside dining!

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Would highly recommend their Gnocchi in Cream Sauce. It was amazing and reasonably priced. Others in my party had the ravioli, spaghetti and meatballs and the panini with prosciutto. All dishes were delicious. The staff was friendly and the atmosphere was relaxing. We would definitely...go back again.More

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We have gone to this restaurant many times over the years. It has been our restaurant of choice when we go to the North End in Boston. Unfortunately, quality of the food has gone down. The bread was not warm and pretty tasteless. The Caesar...salad was mediocre. We expected so much more from the salad. I had spaghetti and white clam sauce. The scampi sauce was by no means exceptional. My husband had veal cacciatori and the veal was tough. The best part of the meal was the Pellegrino water, the red wine and our waiter, Brian. The service was exceptional. And that's the reason for the 3-star review as opposed to a 2-star review. I really hope that the owners and managers of this restaurant pay attention to my review. I am trying to be very fair and impartial here. I hope this is a wake-up call. In today's competitive Marketplace 'mediocre' just doesn't cut it. We went on Thursday, May 20, 2021.More

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed March 22, 2021

I have had a great experiences at Villa Francesca during Restaurant Week and throughout the year. The lobster ravioli is ridiculously delicious as is the Fettuccini con Gamberi. Espresso martini is perfect. I don't know why others have had the complete opposite experience, but you...should go in yourself. I love the old-world charm that it gives off. No one was rude and service was neither too slow or too fast. We were a party of 6. I guess we just lucked out. I will return and hopefully my experiences will stay consistent!!More

Date of visit: March 2021
Reviewed November 4, 2020

In the heart of the northside, Italian section, this is an excellent restaurant which will seat you quickly even without a reservation. We had bruschetta, Lobster Ravioli, Pomodoro Salad, Fettuccini Portobello, and Pence Porco. All excellent.

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed September 7, 2020 via mobile

Let me put it in simple terms, overpriced below average Italian food. Also small portions, and waiter had an attitude. Overall, not worth your hard earned money.

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed August 30, 2020 via mobile

So let me say the food is good. Not great but decent Italian fare. The prices are what you expect from “little Italy”... The service was just plain embarrassing!!My wife and I have both been in the business for years. I refuse to reward a...lazy waiter because its customary to do so. Its a GRATUITY. A reward for good service! My appetizer plate was on the table for over an hour, no fresh bread, no drink refill or even an offer to refill my daughters cocktail, no fresh grated cheese just a plate of the crap you use for pizza ( the table next to us got fresh) i asked for our food after an hour and after he walked away complaining under his breath, lo and behold the food came right out. I left the kid (?) a dollar only because my wife made me then he had the audacity to bring it out to me? Fine, and im glad because i gave that dollar to a homeless person down the block who deserved it more. If hes not careful he might be the one with the “please help” sign.More

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed February 23, 2020

I was there last night. I am warning you to stay away from this place. Trust me, I am a city of Boston born and raised guy who knows restaurants. ONLY reason why this place is open is because of tourists who don't know and...I found out myself. Furious at myself for not leaving but gf wanted to stay. By the time we left she was furious too. Mussels app had barely any broth, her eggplant entree had minuscule eggplant, service was weak. Trust me, only trying to help you.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed January 8, 2020

I dined at Villa Francesca last week and had the best Veal Parmigiana i have ever had! they make their own pasta too. Very good wine list and their bruschetta is fantastic. My friend had their amazing Lobster Fra Diavolo. It is on a huge...platter served with delicious mussels. Looks beautiful. The prices are very good too. we really enjoyed it a lot and definitely will return.More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed December 21, 2019

I went to this restaurant last night for my daughter’s 16th birthday. The service was shockingly poor. At the end they were supposed to bring her a desert with a candle. It never came so I went to the manager. He said that they were...preparing it but we had waited so long we had to go. The our waitress came up to me and asked me “What’s your problem?” Unbelievable!!!More

Date of visit: December 2019
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  • Food: 3.5
  • Service: 3.5
  • Value: 3
  • Atmosphere: 3.5