Francesca's Italian Kitchen Wanaka

Cuisine: Italian
Price Point: Mains from $25 - $35

Enjoy classic Italian dishes, warm hospitality and local fine wines at Francesca’s Italian Restaurant, located in the heart of Wanaka.

With restaurants in Dunedin and Christchurch, Francesca’s has a national reputation for mouth-watering Italian cuisine. Enjoy a selection of Antipasti, such as beautifully smoked meats, briny olives, succulent buffalo mozzarella and marinated vegetables, ideal for sharing at lunch or a starter before dinner. Leave room for their delectable mains though, including thin-based pizzas cooked in a wood-fired oven, and their signature fresh pastas, which are hand-made daily. Gluten-free pizza bases are available.

Francesca’s chefs make everything from scratch, using only the freshest produce, finest quality ingredients, high grade Italian flour and authentic recipes. Cooked with a passion for Italian food, Francesca’s Restaurant tickles everyone’s tastebuds and is ideal for all occasions.

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Francesca's Italian Kitchen Wanaka
93 Ardmore Street
Wanaka

Open Hours:
Everyday:

Lunch from 12.00 pm to 3 pm
Dinner from 5.00 pm to late

Phone: 03 443 5599
Website: www.fransitalian.co.nz

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Francesca's Italian Kitchen Wanaka
Location: Wanaka
Cuisine: Italian
Mains: $25 - $35
Accepts:   Francesca's Italian Kitchen Wanaka accepts American Express

Reviews

Kalvin Duduche

Food was excellent! Pasta were from an other dimension! Arancini really yummy too.
Service was very good too and recommends us some good wine. Thanks.

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Had a really lovely time at Francesca's. Sat outside in the sunny courtyard and enjoyed a rose before the crispy truffle potato skins arrived - so delicious. Followed by the new spring risotto and lamb pappardelle and we managed a tiramisu to finish - a really lovely lunch. Francesca's is highly recommended.

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A very lovely Italian experience in Wanaka. The Staff are Italian, French, South American, from all over & super lovely! Several came by to see how we were doing. The food is pizza (delicious), pasta but also lovely salads & they kindly cater to vegans! I will definitely be back again! Thank you

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We had a fantastic dining experience at Francesca's and are already planning our return visit. In fact it was so good we felt bad at only paying half price for the food!
We arrived a little early as the weather was a bit meh but were warmly greeted and seated and promptly bought water. Our drinks orders were taken and we settled in to make our lunch choices. The Beetroot agnolotti was every bit as good as imagined and the generous bowl of olives glossy and juicy. Our table enjoyed the clams, a pizza, gnocchi and asparagus carbonara - we couldn't fault a thing. Well seasoned, extremely tasty food delivered with a smile.
Do not leave without having the tiramisu, its one of the best we've eaten anywhere in the world.
The front of house team did an amazing job managing the many groups who arrived without bookings (some with 8 people in their party) and gave all tables attentive service.
We'll be back and have already recommended to friends and family. Great job.

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Andrea Rayner

A pleasant welcome and a pleasant meal. We have dined at Francesca’s a few times before when on holiday in Wanaka but this time we decided to do the First Table booking at 5pm before the main dinner rush. We chose two starters, which were both delicious and good sizes. I then chose the gnocchi with the most tender beef cheeks it was simply delicious. My husband had a mushroom pizza which he couldn’t finish so he was able to take the leftover home. It was no problem at all even though we were First Table we were treated like any other diners. Meal was finished with a lovely tiramisu, light but tasty. The service was top notch and watching all staff in the restaurant everyone was smiling and laughing which was great for diners to see.

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Gise Guerrero

There are not enough words to express how delicious the food was. Ordered two amazing main plates which had fresh salads as sides. The best canellonis I have tried in NZ and the Tiramisu was the perfect ending! The service was also very professional, attended by 3 different waitresses, all of them lovely and attentive.
We were offer an outdoor table which was extremely kind as it was an amazing day outside! Love the whole experience, I would go back anytime!.

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Sarah Exon

A bit difficult to find but certainly glad we went there. Fantastic food and drink. Great service. Pea & asparagus risotto was terrific and kids loved the pizza and garlic bread.

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Was great food was awesome and the girl who served us was lovely and friendly

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Kalvin Duduche

Food was excellent! Pasta were from an other dimension! Arancini really yummy too.
Service was very good too and recommends us some good wine. Thanks.

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Reece Varley

Fantastic food and atmosphere! The prawn pasta is a must aswell as the home made tiramisu!

Look out for the good looking waiter “Pete”

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A great dining experience

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Vicky Shen

it's a really good experience to have a lunch there, the food is so delicious and the service is friendly. Everyone enjoy the dishes, highly recommend!!

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We did a round trip from Queenstown to dine here. We really enjoyed the decor and ambiance inside, felt cosy and a nice respite from the cold outside. The food didn’t disappoint. The beetroot agnolotti with nut brown sage butter, vincotto, and parmesan was divine. Sadly we didn’t have enough room for dessert so will have to plan a return visit.

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Leah Herrfurth

Food was amazing! They had an extra vegan menu and even vegan mozzarella without charging extra. Love that. I definitely recommend it

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Had a really lovely time at Francesca's. Sat outside in the sunny courtyard and enjoyed a rose before the crispy truffle potato skins arrived - so delicious. Followed by the new spring risotto and lamb pappardelle and we managed a tiramisu to finish - a really lovely lunch. Francesca's is highly recommended.

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Leah Harper

Excellent as always!

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The service was friendly, the menu stayed away from all the "usual" Italian fare and the pizza was tasty. I would have loved it if the pasta had been freshly home-made.

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A very lovely Italian experience in Wanaka. The Staff are Italian, French, South American, from all over & super lovely! Several came by to see how we were doing. The food is pizza (delicious), pasta but also lovely salads & they kindly cater to vegans! I will definitely be back again! Thank you

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Gary MARSHALL

Great tasty food as always
Tiramisu superb

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Madeline Carpenter

Absolutely great - the food was DELICIOUS!

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Another excellent dining experience The staff were attentive and the pizzas delicious I especially enjoyed the pear walnut and gorgonzola pizza A match made in heaven!!

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Great food, everyone enjoyed their dish. Friendly professional service. Thanks Team!

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Great atmosphere, excellent food, friendly service. The lamb paparadelle was superb. Can't fault our experience.

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Victoria Haydon

Excellent food and service. Definitely makes for great value when using first table. Highly recommend to all for delicious Italian food

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Great restaurant. Next time in Wanaka will dine again at Francescas

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Jan Warren

Lovely and warm environment. Food is delicious and restaurant positioned very centrally

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Amazing gnocchi

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We arrived 5 mins before opening and was allowed to enter and be seated (which is really good! Some places are less flexible and only allow patrons to enter on the dot). Food and service were excellent! Will definitely be back!

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Great food, full of incredible flavors leaving you wanting to ho back for more. The staff are helpful and friendly. Great way to end a work day. Relax, enjoy the atmosphere with friends or family, you wont be disappointed

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Top class service
We all had pizza , generous size and excellent food
Highly recommend

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Authentic Italian food with great atmosphere.Polenta chips never disappoint. Great deserts.

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Excellent service, food is amazing. Highly recommended.

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Francesca's is tucked behind the main road but has a lovely ambiance with high ceilings, good mood lighting and a wood fire pizza oven. We ordered the platter to share for starters and pizzas and gnocchi for the main. Too full to have dessert. Food tastes fresh and delicious. Great start to our south island holiday

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Sharleen Howison

Great meal and experience

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Ashlea Brookes

Great service and food came out in great timing!

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Great food and great service, thank you

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Litia Maclean

Absolutely delicious! We’ll be back.

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Enjoyed the experience
Lamb pasta very tasty

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Suzanne Mcfadden

Lovely food, service and atmosphere. Thoroughly recommend.

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We had the beef checks and a pizza plus deserts tiramisu and a chocolate dish. They were all very nice and the service was excellent. We will visit again.

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Absolutely delicious food and excellent friendly service!

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Excellent

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Had a very nice lunch at Francesca’s sitting in the sun in Wanaka.
Go try it.

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Terri Walker

Had a good night, great food, cocktails and service! Would definitely return again.

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Delicious good and friendly service

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Always a superb dining experience.

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Raewyn Van Den Akker

Absolutely fabulous!! All the food we ordered was devine. Kale salad, polenta chips. The beef cheeks gnocchi “to die for”. You’ve got to try it. And the tiramisu!! Just about needed a straw to drink the alcohol in it. Well, hope you know what Im trying to say!! Thoroughly recommend. Haven’t had such a special meal for such a long time

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Victoria Haydon

Excellent food and service. Great value too. Highly recommend

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Matt Healy

We had top-notch food and service at Francesca's last night, this is a restaurant that I can thoroughly recommend.

We started with a beautifully balanced beef carpaccio and fresh bruschetta du jour, followed by a tasty lamb parpadelle and prawn rigatoni. For dessert we had a light cannoli each and got a tiramisu to go!

A good range of local beers and wines available that match the food. This place really is great, just go there and find out for yourself

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We dined with friends from Wellington who paused midway through the meal to ask us to book another night so they could enjoy another dinner at Francesca’s. The menu never fails to deliver.

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Chloé Irlande

Amazingly amazing ! From the bites to the dessert, a whole journey of flavor and goodness.
Thank you for that !
Next step is Francesca in CHC !!

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Leah Harper

Fabulous as always!!

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We had a wonderful time at Francesca's in Wanaka. The service was excellent and the lovely waitress helped me choose my meal, at my request, as the options were all so good. Sara ordered the gnocchi which was melt in the mouth and delicious and I ordered the cauliflower risotto. It was superb, rich and full of flavour. We loved the ambience at Francesca's with beautiful, solid wood, lovely lines and a fresh, clean aura. I had a glass of lovely house red wine and Sara enjoyed a cocktail.I was delighted to be able to get a First Table booking at Francesca's. I had been trying for years in ChCh. It is always so popular and now I know why!

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Nicky Ker

Great

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Janet Helms

Francesca's is our favourite restaurant in Wanaka to dine for an evening meal. We have been going to Francescas for a number of years now when we come to Wanaka on holiday. The food , service and ambience have always been top notch. All our family are flying in for Easter and guess where we will all be going for an evening meal??!!

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The food, the atmosphere and the service were excellent. I want to visit again soon.
Thanks for everything!!

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