Boston >Food & Dining > Villa Francesca
150 Richmond St, Boston, MA | Directions 0210942.363383 -71.054547
Sunday - Thursday
Noon - 10:30p
Friday - Saturday
Noon - 11:30p
Neighborhoods: Central, North End
BEST CHICKEN PARM ANYWHERE – I have been working in Boston for over 3 years and my office is in the North End. Every lunch break I always walk around the North End and try out the different restaurants. For my first visit here, I came with 2 clients. I ordered the Chicken Parm (may not be on the dinner menu, but they will have it). This was the Best Chicken Parm I have ever had. EVER. I've been to a lot of restaurants in the North End and so far I have yet to experience another deal like this. Large Portion, Good Price.
Countryside-inspired Northern Italian eatery, located minutes from Paul Revere's house in Boston's historic North End. – In Short
Set along the Freedom Trail a few blocks from Paul Revere's house, consistent Northern Italian fare keeps both locals and visitors returning to this North End staple. During the city's warm months, it is also one of the neighborhood's best places to grab an open window seat and watch the bustling action on the streets. The granite-topped bar provides a welcoming spot for solo diners. A well-rounded menu offers several pasta, meat and fish dishes, along with nightly specials.
Romantic – Very nice place! The food is great and so is the service! We were sitting next to the window, so it was very romantic. The only downside was that we had to wait even though we had a reservation. However, the place was packed and the hostess (Ianna?) was very pleasant, so I can't complaint.
Definitely recommend, especially for a romantic dinner!
A Shadow of it's former days – I lived in Boston for 45 years before moving to Florida. Since my children are there, I do come back to Boston frequently. This trip I decided to have a dinner at an old familiar haunt and made reservations for the 5 of us.
What can I say? Parts of the "North End? which is Boston's version of little Italy has circum to a homogeneous pre-packaged version of itself ala Disney. Yet other parts still retain all the charm and warmth of the Italian people.
Upon arriving at Francesca?s we only waited a short time while after giving our name to the girl at the door, we watched the manager shoo away some people without reservations for saying that they were going to walk up the street to look around while they waited the 30-45 minutes for a table.
Although we had reservations and were on time we waited 20 minutes before the hostess at the door told us that the manager would be handling us which he did after several more minutes.
We were seated and after some time a rude, seemingly indifferent of possibility of her actions effecting her tip; Russian waitress begrudgingly took our order with no small talk or smile.
She got irritated that we did not order bottles of wine and then when the first of our food did arrive she seemingly threw our food on the table. As other courses arrived she then barked at us to move things out of the way because we ordered too much food. The food was pretty good but the service was absolutely horrible.
Believe me I pondered the tip upon receiving my bill for $250, but realized that the bus people also depended on this money. After many years eating, entertaining clients and touring people to the joys of the North End and Francesca?s dining I have one word for a recommendation of that combination?.. DON'T
Good Restaurant – Food was really great. Service was okay. We didn't order any appitizers or salad and were hoping to get our meal relativly soon. It took just as long for our entrees as the couple who was seated at the same time next to us who had an appitzer and salad. The waitress was not very attentive but the servers were at least aware when we needed more water. Beautiful location off Hanover Street. Can see the activity but be "away" from it.
Great appetizers & ambiance!! – My husband & I dined here last week. What a delicious meal ----the appetizers, especially the
lobster ravioli. The entrees lamb chops and lobster gondola were mouth watering and finally the desserts were scrumptuous. Cannoli's are hand filled at the table with your choice of
nuts and/or chocolate bits. I had the cheesecake w/fresh strawberries --light as a feather! The
service was outstanding and the view from the open bistro windows looking out at the hectic city reminded us of when we were in Italy. We would highly recommend Villa Francesca's for anyone who wants to dine in Boston's Little Italy.
Terrible meal - worst risotto ever – This was the worst meal I have ever had in the North End - shocking because most of the places there are so great. If you must go here - don't even think about the mushroom risotto - like minute rice (but chewy) with campbell's mushroom soup over it - and plopped unattractively on the plate. Poor presentation and frankly, just plain awful. Service was not great - bruschetta for 3 people meant a plate with 2 small pieces of toast on it. What?? We each had glasses of wine and pasta/rice dishes (no meat) and the bill was $100! NOT WORTH THAT BY A LONG SHOT. Don't even think about it. Not recommended.
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