Cuisine: Italian
Price Point: Mains from $25 - $35
Ranked: #4 of 99 restaurants in Christchurch

Experience the colours, aromas and flavours of great Italian cuisine without hopping on a plane.

Right here in Christchurch, Francesca’s serves up authentic Italian cuisine and hospitality. Prepared from fresh produce and the finest local and imported ingredients, Francesca’s chefs carefully and skilfully prepare pizza, pasta, antipasti and more.

Savour crunchy and creamy polenta fries with truffle aioli, classic napoletana pizza and house-made potato gnocchi. Save room for dolci to die for; tiramisu, mousse cake and affogato made with Allpress coffee.

Wash it all down with Italian sparkling water, local and Italian wines or explore the range of craft beers, spirits and cocktails. All in a relaxing, friendly atmosphere with décor that reminds you of the warmth of the Mediterranean. Bellissimo!

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Francesca's Italian Kitchen
149 Gloucester street
Christchurch 8011

Open Hours:
Everyday 12pm - 3pm for lunch and 5pm - late for dinner.

Phone: 03 374 9790
Website: www.fransitalian.co.nz

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Ranked: #4 of 99 restaurants in Christchurch 4
Francesca's Italian Kitchen
Cuisine: Italian
Mains: $25 - $35
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Lai Nguyen

Great location in the heart of the city. We ordered the polenta fries with aioli to start, super soft and crispy on the outside. I ordered the merino lamb shoulder ragu, it had the right balance of salt and citrus and the meat was melting in your mouth! My friend had the beef cheek gnocchi and she said it was beautiful. The team were also very attentive to us throughout our seating. Cheers for a great dining experience

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Stanley Chung

It is a very delicious lunch. We had the pork sausage pizza, lamb pasta, cloudy bay clams, market fish, tiramasu and chocolate moose cake. Portion sizes were really good and we were full to the brim. The Tiramasu was a definitely a must eat. I'd go back just for that alone. Wood fire pizza was also quite special. Service was excellent, especially with two kids 7yrs and 7months.

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Mel Webley

Yummy authentic Italian food. Highly recommend. Lovely atmosphere.

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John Rynearson

Absolutely gorgeous! We had the most wonderful two hour lingering lunch - I could have stayed all day sipping wine and nibbling on that pumpkin and goat cheese bruschetta. The lamb shoulder absolutely melted in my mouth, the quattro formaggi pizza was Italy on a plate, and the tiramisu at the end was the coda on the final movement of a beautiful symphony of flavour. Looking forward to hitting rewind so I can experience it all over again sometime soon!

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Ruby Greenhalgh

From tortelloni to tiramisu, the entire menu at Francesca's is standout. Fresh pasta, melt in your mouth flavours, and a cosy dining atmosphere make Francesca's a must try!

Their service and food are exceptional.

I would definitely recommend trying as much of their menu as possible - choose a selection of starters, a couple of mains to share, and definitely leave room for dessert!

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James Mckillop

My girlfriend and I went to Francesca's for our 1 year anniversary and we couldn't have chosen a better place to celebrate. The food was fantastic, the atmosphere amazing, service was great and the company was delightful. Overall it was a great night out and I'd recommend Francesca's to anyone.

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Mellora Ford

We had 4 different main meals and each one was as delicious as the next! Potato skins were a crispy tasty addition. Unfortunately there wasn’t enough room for dessert so will have to come back again.
Perfect place for lunch before a show!

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Three of us came for lunch and ordered potato skins for an entree to share - delicious! Our mains were Pasta Norma, Gnocchi with Beef Cheeks, the Antipasto platter and a green salad. Everything tasted excellent. Again with the desserts we couldn't fault the food or service. One of us had the ice-cream with coffee and liqueur while two of us shared the tiramisu. It just melted in our mouths! Thank you Francesca's Italian Kitchen, we will be back.

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Meredith Wain

Fantastic attentive service and an exquisite menu with something for everyone.

Our table ordered the House made potato gnocchi with broad beans, broccoli and gorgonzola, the cauliflower risotto with pecorino and almonds along with the kale & apple salad and pear & gorgonzola salad for vege content.
Each dish was a taste sensation with rich flavours and textures. For dessert you simply must order the Canoli, the custard cream is simply divine!

I will be returning in the very near future to work my way through the menu.

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Des Teahen

I can now see why this place is hard to get into. Food and service were 100%

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Peter Gill

Outstanding food and service. We had a 3yo with us and the staff were friendly and smiley towards her and without prompting let us know that anything can be adapted for her both size and ingredients. The gnocchi was light and full of flavour and the beef cheek that was with it just fell apart. Highly recommend.

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Emma Carson

This was my first visit to Francesca’s Italian Kitchen and it won’t be my last. From the second we walked in the door the service was excellent, very polite and stayed on top of everything through the duration of our stay even when it started to get busy. The food was truly amazing, we ordered 2 starters; polenta chips with truffle alioli and a garlic flatbread, both were outstanding. For mains we ordered two pastas; the lamb and the beef cheeks, the meat just melted in your mouth and the pasta was cooked to perfection and we also ordered a salami pizza which was absolutely devine, best pizza I’ve ever had to say the least. We ordered a tiramisu to share for dessert, it was very decadent and would have to be the best tiramisu I’ve ever had.

The whole evening was excellent, I will definitely be recommending it to my friends and family and I will definitely be back.

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Nicole Graf

Loved it. Excellent food and service. Best risotto I've tasted in years, great tiramisu, melt in your mouth beef cheek. Can't wait to go back.

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Three of us had a lovely evening at Francesca's Kitchen. We tried the clams, salmon, mushroom risotto and potato gnocchi with beef cheeks. Everything was delicious and the service was excellent. We are so pleased that First Table allowed us to discover this gem of a restaurant, as we will certainly be going there again.

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We had the best dining experience here before seeing the play Wicked next door. The 3 of us managed to sip away on their delicious Italian Prosecco while devouring starters of the potato skins (so crispy) and Cloudy Bay clams which had the best flavour and sourdough bread. Two then had the beautiful risotto with duck leg and I had the gnocchi which were like heavenly fluffy pillows with the melt-in-your-mouth beef cheeks. The Tiramisu was to die for and the vanilla pannacotta was so well presented and tasted exquisite. We finished it all off with some hot drinks and very full stomachs. We will definitely be back as Francesca's is now our favourite restaurant!

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Helen Barlow

Francesca's never fails to deliver on either its Food or Service 10/10. I rate this as one of the best restaurants in Christchurch. Always a good atmosphere and even if you manage to get a First Table booking at 5pm there is still a buzz about the place and you are not sat on your own eating. We have eaten here at the Christchurch establishment and also the one in Wanaka and each time the experiences have been outstanding, We had the Beef Carpaccio and Polenta Fries as a starter and the Parma Pizza and Lamb Ragu for mains. WOW - SO TASTY!!!! I'm sad that this time round I did not have time for my all time favourite Tiramisu because I was too full. Everybody needs to try out Francesca's - A total joy to visit!! Book it now!! :)

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Mamma mia! Delicious! Our well travelled group all agreed authentic Italian at its very best. Probably the best Italian in Christchurch - my fish was exquisite and I wouldn't share because I wanted the lot to myself. Service was fantastic and will be back. Ciao

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Ryan Hall

The Staff were attentive and provided excellent service. They were there when you needed them, but did not over-serve the table.

For starters we had:
- Polenta fries with truffle aioli. They were served in a small terracotta pot. The portion size was generous given how filling the polenta was.
- Cloudy bay clams. The clams were a decent size, they tasted as fresh as I'm sure can be managed and the broth they were served in was delicious.

Mains:
- Beef cheek gnocchi: My partner had this (and I helped her finish). Again, the meat was incredibly abundant, tender and full of flavour. The gnocchi was some of the best I've ever had. It was soft and creamy and every now and then, the outside would be the slightest bit crispy from what I assume was pan frying - this added a really nice texture to the dish. We knew this was sort of the signature dish and would definitely come back for it!

- Mediterranean Lamb Pappardelle
The meat was abundant, super tender and very tasty. This was a richer dish but incredibly filling and somewhat hearty. I don't usually go for the pasta option in an Italian restaurant but I would try this again.

Thanks for a wonderful evening Francesca's!

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We had such a great evening. The food, the service, the wine and the overall ambiance of the restaurant was fantastic. The restaurant was completely full by 6pm (which show's just how popular it is) and we never felt at any time pressure to order or eat our food or leave. I would go back in a heart beat and highly recommend.

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Cinnamon Laubscher

Delicious food great service warm atmosphere

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It was an awesome visit. My family and I really enjoyed having lunch at Francesca’s Italian. The food was amazing. We ordered pizzas and they were delicious!! Staff were friendly and thoughtful for my child. We will definitely go back there again:)

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Excellent

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Lai Nguyen

Great location in the heart of the city. We ordered the polenta fries with aioli to start, super soft and crispy on the outside. I ordered the merino lamb shoulder ragu, it had the right balance of salt and citrus and the meat was melting in your mouth! My friend had the beef cheek gnocchi and she said it was beautiful. The team were also very attentive to us throughout our seating. Cheers for a great dining experience

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Paik Davidson

We had a lovely lunch at Francesca's. It was a delight to see some new interesting items on the revised menu. We particularly enjoyed the giant filled pasta shells and the pumpkin risotto and the tiramisu was superb as always.

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Jeff McCarthy

Second time here and won’t be the last.
Great food and Decor makes this place a must go to .

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Antoinette Savill

Very relaxed and easy lunch with friendly helpful staff.

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Brad Baine

Diego has a real passion for food and it really shows through with the flavours and presentation of the food. Atmosphere is really relaxed and really spacious, we will definitely be back.

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Cecilia Zhong

Very nice wood fire pizza, will be back again.

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Stanley Chung

It is a very delicious lunch. We had the pork sausage pizza, lamb pasta, cloudy bay clams, market fish, tiramasu and chocolate moose cake. Portion sizes were really good and we were full to the brim. The Tiramasu was a definitely a must eat. I'd go back just for that alone. Wood fire pizza was also quite special. Service was excellent, especially with two kids 7yrs and 7months.

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Francesca’s is a great restaurant always with delicious food and excellent service.

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Consistently good food & service.

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Mel Webley

Yummy authentic Italian food. Highly recommend. Lovely atmosphere.

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Eriko Brice

Fantastic food and service. Would love to go back again.

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Relaxed ambiance with mouth-watering food. Excellent coffee, as well.

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Great way to enjoy lunchtime. Food and service was delightful

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Michael Tsang

Great food, great services and great atmosphere. Overall amazing experience.

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Great food

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Great food unfortunately let down by disinterested service staff. Wrong meal brought out, having to ask for cutlery, desert menu, drinks etc.

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John Rynearson

Absolutely gorgeous! We had the most wonderful two hour lingering lunch - I could have stayed all day sipping wine and nibbling on that pumpkin and goat cheese bruschetta. The lamb shoulder absolutely melted in my mouth, the quattro formaggi pizza was Italy on a plate, and the tiramisu at the end was the coda on the final movement of a beautiful symphony of flavour. Looking forward to hitting rewind so I can experience it all over again sometime soon!

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Tise Fauolo

Had a lovely lunch at Francescas Italian. We ordered a side and two mains, and left completely unable to move faster than a sloth. There was so much meat with our mains - recommend the lamb shoulder ragu and potato skins!

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Yasue Arita

Good food and good staff. My favorite place to eat out !!

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Really good place to dine

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Franzisca Camille

Very delicious food and lovely atmosphere

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A very enjoyable experience. The food was superb.

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Food is brilliant we had the duck risotto highly recommend.
definitely worth giving dessert a go if you have room left!

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Matt Comins

As per always the food and dining experience was fantastic
Very accommodating for the kids.
Just that one of the waitstaff was nervous or anxious or both.
It would have been nice to have the table wiped between main and dessert
Rather than just put dessert spoons on a greasy table...
Anyway it's the small things that count.
Just relax and have fun.
Try interacting more rather than being so robotic
Just a suggestion
Anyway we will return.
Thanks Frannys

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Delicious food, and a warm environment

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This place was fabulous, great atmosphere amazing staff and the food was sublime, will definitely be back

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Cory-Blue Mcgregor

Great food, great atmosphere

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Ruby Greenhalgh

From tortelloni to tiramisu, the entire menu at Francesca's is standout. Fresh pasta, melt in your mouth flavours, and a cosy dining atmosphere make Francesca's a must try!

Their service and food are exceptional.

I would definitely recommend trying as much of their menu as possible - choose a selection of starters, a couple of mains to share, and definitely leave room for dessert!

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Antoinette Savill

Francescas's Italian Kitchen never lets you down and ensures a relaxed and happy meal with the atmosphere of the busy pizza oven but the coolness of the contemporary dining area and bar. The service was perfect and charming. We will be going again soon.

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S. Wegener

A perfect lunch. The polenta fries, gnocchi and tiramisu were divine. We'll be back.

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Fiorella Jáuregui

Excellent service the food was not as good though

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Shell Withers

OMG outstanding! Deliciously authentic food with a wine list to match!

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Fantastic restaurant great food wonderful staff and a relaxed but sophisticated atmosphere highly recommend for a great dining experience.We keep going back because every dish we have tasted has been delicious!

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Delicious food & fantastic service!

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Donna Williams-Hale

Great food
Will definitely be back

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Sacha Hodgson

Wow, this was such a great experience. The clams were delicious, the main was a lamb pasta and this was honestly the best pasta dish we have ever had, you could tell the pasta was home made and fresh. Followed this up with the most amazing, smooth lemon dessert and two cannolis (we wanted to get more to take away, yum!) this place is our new fave. Service was top also. Just writing this makes me want to book another table.

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Don McCormack

Our First Table booking at Francesca's Italian Restaurant was easily the best decision that I have made all week.
This is a classy Restaurant with very good staff, a classy atmosphere and producing amazing Italian dishes that are so full of flavour that I slowed down eating and focused on the whole experience. Good idea!
We ordered Polenta chips with Aoli for starters while our mains were being cooked. These chips with Aoli sauce were excellent as we have found in our previous visits.
Our mains were just the best in a very long time.
For me, Merino lamb shoulder ragù, pappardelle, green olives, chilli, lemon, baby spinach, parmesan
while for her, the Roasted duck leg, baby spinach, pecorino risotto, currant and pinenut salsa.
Both dishes were generous with outstanding flavours.
With the Polenta Chips and the mains , we had eaten fully sadly leaving no room this visit for deserts.
Next visit ,which will be soon, we will miss out the Polenta chips with Aoli and try out the deserts.
I have a big hankering for a good Tiruamisu which I have to say, that I have never found a good authentic one in New Zealand since visiting the Amalphi Coast in 2003.
So if you are looking for a special occasion meal with atmosphere, good staff and brilliant food then you would be lucky to find a better Restaurant that Francesca's. You don't need a special occasion either, just go and enjoy the experience.

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James Mckillop

My girlfriend and I went to Francesca's for our 1 year anniversary and we couldn't have chosen a better place to celebrate. The food was fantastic, the atmosphere amazing, service was great and the company was delightful. Overall it was a great night out and I'd recommend Francesca's to anyone.

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So impressed, will definitely be back. We shared the Clam entree, a margarita pizza and the beef cheek Gnocchi. The clams and the gnocchi were so beautiful. The pizza was good but not as good as I expected with a wood fire, it’s not super authentic, the base was a little soggy. Lovely service and a great experience I will be back for sure.

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Maya Croll

The restaurant was very empty when we arrived but had a lovely ambience to it still. Best polenta fries we've ever had!! The gorgonzola and pear salad was very lacking in those two key ingredients unfortunately. Pasta and dessert was very nice.

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Jan Bensemann

A fab dining experience with the loviest waitress quietly ensuring we had everything we wanted.
The lemon cello cocktail was to die for and the food was so yummy.
Absolutely recommend this great restaurant and look forward to returning there before long.
Thank you

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Stella Sales

My friend and I enjoyed the pizza and the beef gnocchi! Serving sizes were generous, service was excellent and the restaurant’s interior itself is gorgeous. Can’t wait to dine at Francesca’s again xx

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Delicious! I will go again. It is so proud to have this restaurant in Christchurch.

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Yasue Arita

I have been the restaurant few times, always good service and food was delicious I definitely go back again!!

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Corylleigh Harris

Great service and Friendly staff, food was amazing and the Polenta fries where to die for all the food presented well and was yummy

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Amy Wilson

Delicious!! Would highly recommend

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