For this area, this is a fairly big restaurant with seating upstairs and down. A line begins to form at the door around six o'clock and they do not take reservations so eat early or eat late . They have a large menu and it is studded with the regulars like pasta , veal, chicken but they also have fresh fish as well prepared to perfection. My favorite is a veal Pontevecchio. Veal with mushrooms, artichoke hearts cooked in a wine sauce and topped with a delicate cheese. My mouth waters just thinking of it!
Get a window seat, a glass of wine and watch the world go by. Mange and then when you are done, say "no thank you" to dessert and go to Mike's bakery for dessert. You will be there with a hundred others but it will be worth the wait! But that is for another review!
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October 23, 2005
In the summer, the Villa Francesca has prime seats, with open-front windows for dining alfresco. Be sure to make reservations though; otherwise, your wait for a table can be quite lengthy.
The Ristorante Villa Francesca serves traditional Italian fare. The menu includes the usual suspects like Eggplant Parmesean, Veal Rolotini, and various pasta dishes. There aren't many surprises or dishes that are very creative, but the Italian food is very good and authentic. What it lacks in imagination it more than makes up for in taste. Ingredients and spices are fresh and delicious.
The waitstaff at Villa Francesca is very friendly and professional. They are very good at recommending wine to go with your meal and describing the specials or dishes in more detail. Their excellent at being attentive to the patrons no matter how busy they get.
The dishes at Villa Francesca are a bit pricey, but are in the typical price range for the Italian restaurants in this area. Dinner for two will set you back for about $100 once you include wine, but it is pretty much worth it for the quality of the meal.
From journal Boston: Adventures in the North End
June 20, 2002
From journal Europe in America- Boston