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Ristorante Francesca

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Via Bruno Buozzi 9 | Nei pressi di piazza San Pietro Caveoso, 75100, Matera, Italy
+39 0835 310443
12:45 - 14:30
20:00 - 22:00
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Thu - Tue 12:45 - 14:30
20:00 - 22:00
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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522 reviews
325 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

From the time we first walked in to where we were seated in one of their many cave alcoves, this was a truly unique & memorable experience. We sampled two pastas to begin including ricotta ravioli with sausage, bacon, tomato & shaved Parmesan. The other was small penne served with sliced almonds, chopped green olives & tomatoes with a few... More 

Thank JimSTL1021
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 December 2016

More beautiful than of substance. Food was assembled but not cooked together, so taste was not blended at all. A pity. We were one out of many. Service was cold and "industrial ". No touch for the clients. You are just a tourist passing by. Not worth.

Thank roby_Italy
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 December 2016

At first the place did not seem so welcoming of non-Italian tourists but once we got past that, both the food and service were excellent. It would be my first choice in that part of town.

Thank llkks
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13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 November 2016 via mobile

My first word was mmmmm when I tried pasta with peperoni crusca mmmm it's something unbelievable....so delicious. It's passed 2 month And I still remember that pasta...can't wait to back to Matera to try again. Great selection of wines and amazing service ! Highly Recommend!

1 Thank Elena F
London, United Kingdom
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296 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 November 2016

If you want to try the best of what Matera has to offer, dine here for huge plates of antipasta, as well as Matera's famed orecchiette pasta and favourite-bean purée. It's terrace is hard to beat both for food and ambience.

1 Thank Angela C
Rome, Italy
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38 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 October 2016

Lovely setting in a cave. Excellent service from friendly and helpful staff. The meal and wines were good too.

Thank MargyIII
St Helier, United Kingdom
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50 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 October 2016

lovely restaurant with helpful friendly staff who are not over the top with service. A little bright light wise. Meal excellent and presentation very good.

Thank Lenib59
Austin, Texas
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41 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 October 2016

Our last night dinner was at another popular and highly recommended restaurants located in a cave in Sassi di Matera. Everything on the menu we ordered such as the mixed grilled dish, fresh rolled pasta, potatoes with red cruschi peppers drizzled with olive oil, were all considered local Basilicata dishes. All which paired well with Aglianico, (alli-yawn-nico) a full-bodied wine... More 

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Epsom, United Kingdom
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291 reviews
191 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 October 2016

Four of us had dinner here in this sophisticated restaurant very near to our hotel. Sadly, the evening was not warm enough to eat outside, but the dining room is bright, very smart and modern. We started off by being given the usual excellent local bread & a lovely little amuse bouche. We chose the excellent 5-piece starter platter -... More 

Thank Michael P
Wall, New Jersey, United States
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 October 2016

Our favorite restaurant in Matera by far. Food was excellent and the staff was friendly and knowledgeable. They recommended dishes that were typical of the region and did not disappoint. The restaurant itself is beautiful. Just a great meal and a great time.

Thank Ken T

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
12:45 - 14:30
20:00 - 22:00
12:45 - 14:30
20:00 - 22:00
12:45 - 14:30
20:00 - 22:00
12:45 - 14:30
20:00 - 22:00
12:45 - 14:30
20:00 - 22:00
12:45 - 14:30
20:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Via Bruno Buozzi 9 | Nei pressi di piazza San Pietro Caveoso, 75100, Matera, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Basilicata  >  Province of Matera  >  Matera
  • Phone Number: +39 0835 310443
Ubicato nel cuore dei sassi di matera, a due passi dalla spettacolare piazza S.Pietro Caveoso, il Ristorante Francesca propone una cucina tipica rivisitata utilizzando prodotti selezionati di provenienza e produzione locale. Ambienti interni scavati nel tufo( pietra caratteristica locale) ambienti esterni di esclusivo utilizzo stagionale ( primavera/estate ) caratterizzati da terrazzi esterni che rendono il trascorrere del tempo piacevole e lo spazio infinito.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?