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

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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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Short and sweet lovely food and good service

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Great food and service as always thanks!

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Amit Tripuraneni

Absolutely stunning and authentic Italian food. Service is friendly and relaxed. The ambience is nice. It's a great hidden gem in Wanaka. Will definitely be going back for more of the amazing experience.

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Leigh Snelling

We took our visitors to Wanaka and ate outside which was really lovely. All the dishes were tasty but i really recommend the beef cheeks, so delicious.

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Bellissimo ! Our first visit to Francesca's was a real treat. We'd heard great things about this place and decided to take the scenic drive over the Crown Range from Queenstown and have a casual lunch in Wanaka. So handy that First Table has options in other towns for those visiting or just taking a day trip like us!

Friendly service, with a well considered wine list. The food had an authentic Italian feel with added flair, use of fresh ingredients and even the side salad we had was delicious. It turned out to be a gorgeous sunny day so we took advantage of an outside table.... It was like being transported to the Med !

Gratzie.

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Rustem Satiyev

Thank you very much! Very good place. We enjoyed the lunch we had in Italian restaurant. We went with kids and they were busy with drawing, then eating their lovely food. The location is very quiet, chilling, helpful staff, quick service. Generally, enjoyed the atmosphere.

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Kirsty Tennnet

Dinner at Francesca's was fabulous - we shared a beetroot pasta and clams to start then a Pizza followed by the Panna Cotta (to die for) and a cannelloni filled with pastry cream. All were excellent and I'll certainly be dining there again next time I'm in Wanaka. We sat outside as it was such a lovely evening and had great entertainment with kids racing around on the grass by the river in the sunshine!

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Amazing food and service! Great night out.

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We arrived just before midday and could see the pizza oven roaring away inside glowing at the back of the restaurant. It must have planted a seed as we all went for pizza, one cotto, one tartufo and the special pizza of the day. The pizzas were coojed well and charred on the base which was good to see.We also had the neat platter and the potato skins which were both delicious the latter having a lovely aioli and pares an scattered on top. Service was great and friendly too.

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Great food, excellent service -thank you.

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Kate Mohr

Wow! Had a lovely experience here at Francesca’s. Service was friendly and welcoming and the food was to die for especially the tiramisu... yum.

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Amanda Murray

Great food. Great service. I just love the salmon salad.

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Delcious food, Great Service! Awesome spot. Love Francesca's

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Pleasant and relaxed.

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We always love going to Francesca's! The food is top notch, I had the pork and fennel ragu and my husband had the prawn paccheri pasta - my favourite! We also love the crunchy polenta fries as a starter, smothered in parmesan cheese and with a truffle aioli on the side. So good!!

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Great food and service, definitely a good first table option for this town! Thank you

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Christina England

Everything was delicious, great service, and a beautiful setting!

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Alison Carrington

Francesca’s never fails to please! Awesome food, great atmosphere and friendly service. We always take our visitors here and come many times in between! Being on First Table is just another reason to love it!

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Great food, service excellent. Great to be able to take out our toddler and have an amazing meal at a reduced rate with first table discount. Highly recommended.

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Chelsea Norman

Our favourite place to go never disaapointed!

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Hilary Robinson

Dined with grandchildren . Good children’s menu and a menu sheet to colour and keep!

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Rae Noble-Adams

Beautiful meal. Everything was well presented and delicious. Wait staff friendly and courteous. Thanks

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The best restaurant in wanaka! Thanks!

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Melody Fedorsen

Delicious food in a relaxing setting by the stream. Would definitely return!

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Anna Greer

Really lovely food....gnocchi was soft and cloudlike and totally amazing. Pizza was good and my son really enjoyed the cloudy bay clams. The potato skins were my daughters fave. Attentive service with waiters everywhere.
I would have given 5 stars if less salty...some of the items slightly too salty for our taste however in saying that I would definitely go back.

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Everything we ordered tasted great, the desserts are definitely must haves!

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Victoria Haydon

Excellent meal, value for money and service as always

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The food was delicious (as always) and our waiter. William from Belgium, was very attentive and friendly. We were particularly impressed that Francesca's continued to make dining available to First Table guests over the very busy holiday period in Wanaka, especially as they were fully booked for the evening and had to continuously turn potential diners away.

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The beef cheek gnocchi is to die for!! I would definitely recommend Francesca’s.

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We spend a lot of time in Italy and love Italian food and wines. I really recommend Francesca's Italian Kitchen. Amazing food, finest local wines and friendly service. One of the best Italian Restaurants we visited in New Zealand.

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Elissa Eastwood

Great atmosphere, we were lucky enough to get a table with a view of native reserve. Polenta wedges are amazing!! ... we will continue to dine here as it’s consistently great.

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Always the best Italian restaurant in south island. Love the one here and the one in Chch.

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Amanda Murray

Great food. Excellent service. Will be back again soon

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Beautiful food, lovely setting and great, accommodating staff. Definitely would recommend and will be back again!

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Our group celebrated a special event and we were not disappointed. The meal was absolutely beyond our expectation, the staff was very friendly, competent and the service top class.
We would certainly return when we are next in Wanaka.

Robert Cockburn

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Really yummy

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Excellent food and service. Nice to site outside and not have the hustle and bustle of the main road. Love the bruschetta of the day.

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Loved it! Started with beef carpaccio and polenta fries - i’d recommend both!
Followed by the Beef cheek Gnocci and Prawn paccheri pasta - delicious doesn’t cut it!! We already can’t wait to get them again! Mixed leaf side salad was perfect compliment!
Finished up with the tiramisu - I think i need to buy their receipe book just to be able to make the tiramisu! By far the best i’ve had! Loved it all!! Thank you to Fran’s team!

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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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A lovely evening, great food and service. Family friendly.

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