Cuisine: Italian
Price Point: Mains from $25 - $35
Ranked: #4 of 97 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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Francesca's Italian Kitchen
Cuisine: Italian
Mains: $25 - $35
Accepts:   Francesca's Italian Kitchen accepts American Express

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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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Chloé Irlande

3rd time in a Francesca restaurant and again it was amazing! The staff is really attentive and great. And the food is to die for. The gnocchi are wonderful
Thank you !

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Laura Loughlin

Good level of service, we were able to enjoy our meal without too many interruptions.
Food was served in a timely manner and was very tasty!

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Cathie White

This was a superb experience, delicious food, quality service and even though the restaurant was quiet it had atmosphere. Will definitely go back for dinner.

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Robert Chu

Great food and service, price up there but still recommended.

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Meredith Wain

Always a pleasure to dine at Francesca's, easily in the top 5 restaurants in Chch. Try it, you won't be disappointed.

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Pretty average food, didn’t enjoy it very much.

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Its not my first nor second time for me to dine at Francesca's and I will keep coming back and bringing a friend with me to try. We had an absolutely delicious meal. I had Lamb pasta and my friend got prawn pasta and its so yum.i took home some left over for my flatmate and she regretted not joining us. Staff is so lovely as well...will keep bringing a friend/friends and share how wonderful it is to dine..definitely recommending Francesca to the world

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Suzy Rogers

Great food, great service.

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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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This was my first first table experience and it was brilliant. We had dinner early then went to a show at 7.30pm. Perfect

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Impeccable service and food.

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Great dining experience, thanks.

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Robin Buan

Food and service okay.

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Ariel Li

Awesomeeee food and friendly staff :) lovee the prawn pasta and gnocchi. Beef was a little oily but really flavoursome

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All the vegetarian dishes we had are all great! We like the kale salad and margherita pizza the best. The staffs were very friendly and helpful.

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Great food and service!

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Mary Vink

Had lunch at Francesca’s and although not many in on a Wednesday lunch time the food and service was superb. My partner had as a main ‘ fish of the day ‘ which he loved and I really enjoyed the duck leg risotto. Coffee was very very good.Great flavours, good prices and a very pleasant experience. Thank you

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Yazdan Eslami

Awesome food, great service. Overall a really good time.

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Kathleen Jackson

Amazing! Best Italian experience. Beautiful food and lovely service.

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Had a great meal at Francesca's and absolutely enjoyed everything we ordered! The service was speedy, they were accommodating of a fussy 10 year old and the potato skins were a divine family favourite.

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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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Natalie Massie

Amazing food
Highly recommend

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Paik Davidson

We had a wonderful lunch with superb food and excellent service. From the starter of potato skins to the tiramisu to finish off, it was a delightful experience. Thanks for a most satisfying lunch.

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Don McCormack

This was our second visit to Francesca's Italian Kitchen which is fast becoming a new favourite Restaurant. Our rating on the night was 4.5*'s
The staff are friendly and helpful and the food was ultra tasty and enjoyable.
We shared a serving of Polenta fries with truffle aioli - yummy and perfect for sharing while you wait for the main dishes to arrive.
For me, I loved the House made potato gnocchi, braised beef cheek, gremolata, pecorino - it was close to being the best beef cheeks dish that I have ever tasted .
For her, the choice made was the Cauliflower risotto with pecorino, nut brown butter and almonds *V *GF also very tasty and a great choice if you want to avoid a red meat dish too.
The 1/2 carafe of Chianti Italian Red wine went down really well with both our food selections.
The atmosphere is very pleasant and a decent space between the tables allows for good conversation which is often not the case in many restaurants.
I must mention the classy wine glasses made for a change and good wine glasses really do make a difference to enjoying a good wine.
This is an ideal place to book if you have a special occasion or want to make an impression on someone.
Well done to the Francesca's Italian Kitchen and the staff.
We will be back again as soon as we can and suggest that you give this restaurant a try.

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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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Yasue Arita

It was a nice welcome and friendly service at the restaurant and tasty food. They always serve a great food. We will come back !!!

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This was a lovely first table experience at Francesca's. My partner and I shared a pizza, salad and gnocchi dish. We loved everything we ordered. The staff were very attentive and helpful with recommendations. We look forward to dining here again.

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Rachael Fone

Excellent as ever. We had the beef gnocchi, lamb ragu/pappardelle, then chocolate mousse cake and tiramisu. Perfect gnocchi and pasta, and all very tasty. Decent portions too. They have a nice list of cocktails as well. Service was efficient, friendly, but not intrusive.

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Appropriately welcomed. Patient with ordering. Corrected a minor error on their part with no qualms. Food was good. Service was timely.

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Veronica Gin

Lovely food for a birthday dinner. Friendly staff. A definite must return!

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OMG! Food is absolutely delicious! Me and my workmates loved it. Staffs are very accommodating, the place is cozy, and their tiramisu is to die for!

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Jenny Forrer

Another great experience, the staff were fantastic, attentive without being over bearing and the food was cooked to perfection. We had the salumi plate and beef carpaccio as a starter, both were delicious and generous portions. For mains we had the gnocchi with beef cheeks and the prawn bombardoni pasta. The gnocchi was the star of the show!

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