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Francesca's Italian Kitchen

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93 Ardmore Street, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
+64 3-443 5599
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Mackay Region, Australia
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10 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

You need to book because we didn't! Luckily there was seating outside and the weather was pretty cool but clear and the food was delicious.

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Red Cliffs, Australia
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12 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

A good selection of various Italian style dishes with a good wine list. The serves were very generous too.

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San Francisco, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Probably the best spot to grab some grub in Wanaka. The restaurant was a little difficult to find; it’s kind of tucked away in the corner. We didn’t have reservations (generally recommended), but they were able to seat us since we got there at about 9pm. I loved their woodfire pizzas. Thin and crispy crust is just the way I... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Perfect for birthday treat. The pizza was awesonr like it usually is and we love the polenta fries. Coming back

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

Thank you for your review. We'll see you again for another celebration!! Grazie Mille More 

Melbourne
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108 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We stumbled across this restaurant as it was behind the Novotel hotel where we were staying & next to the Theatre. The menu looked authentic & it definitely was. The pippies, meatballs and lamb ragu with tagliatelle was absolutely delicious. And we usually share a dessert but not this time, we both enjoyed one of the best tiramisu's ever! Francesca's... More 

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

Thank you for your kind review of our restaurant in Christchurch! If you're travelling New Zealand and plan to be in Wanaka, come and visit us here too! Grazie Mille More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Loved the food here - particularly the beef cheek gnocchi! Also had some pizzas which were delicious. Definitely recommend.

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

Thank you for taking the time to write us a review - so glad to hear you enjoyed your dishes. Grazie Mille! More 

Wanaka, New Zealand
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24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I like dining at Francesca's. It's tasty, it's good italian cuisine, the service is lovely and I like the setting. Just a bit hard to go there on a whim as it's always booked out!

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

Thank you for sharing your experience with us. It's always a pleasure to host you ! We hope to see you again soon. Grazie mille ! More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really enjoyed the dinner. Pizza was large and wood fired. Entree was tasty and the potato skins excellent. Meatballs could have been hotter. Recommended

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

We are glad to read that you enjoyed your dinner. Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. We hope to see you again sometime soon ! Grazie More 

Australia
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87 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

very central location, good food and service, if you go in the holidays make sure you book in advance.

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

Thank you for your review ! We hope to see you again soon . Grazie mille ! More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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64 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We didn't make a reservation but were accorded instant attention and they accepted our casual booking on the promise we would be completed in plenty of time. Service by staff was excellent and before we knew it our meal was ready. I haven't had such an appetising Pizza since actually touring Italy. It was thin based and cooked in an... More 

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

We are delighted to read that you had such a nice experience dinning with us. Thank you for taking the time to review us. We hope to see you again soon ! Grazie mille More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$22
Cuisine
Italian, Pizza, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Takeout, Reservations
Good for
Large groups, Families with children, Special occasions
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
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 93 Ardmore Street, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Otago Region  >  Wanaka
  • Phone Number: +64 3-443 5599
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.

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