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Francesco's Ristorante and Pizzeria

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner
RATINGS
Food
Service
Value
Atmosphere

Menu

ANTIPASTI​
$9.95
falanghina, terredora
crostini di pollo
toasted slices of house-baked bread topped w/ chicken, fresh tomato, garlic & melted mozzarella w/ a dash of pesto sauce.
$9.95
aglianico, terredora
melanzane parmigiana
layers of thinly-sliced fresh eggplant, mozzarella, & tomato w/ fresh basil added then baked to perfection.
2 $14.95
4 $24.95
wine pairing
chardonnay, cantele
antipasto italiano
Platter of Italian specialties: grilled zucchini, eggplant, mozzarella, prosciutto, green olives, artichoke, parmigiano, served w/ focaccia.
$11.25
pinot grigio, torre di luna
calamari fritti
fried calamari seasoned & cooked to perfection served w/ our fresh marinara sauce on the side.
$13.25
sauvignon blanc “vette“ san leonardo
sautéed calamari
fresh calamari sautéed in garlic, extra virgin olive oil & wine & finished w/ optional fresh marinara sauce.
$14.25
negroamaro rosé, cantele
gamberoni siciliana
fresh​ shrimp prepared in extra virgin olive oil, garlic, capers, & cherry tomatoes finished in cognac cream sauce.
$12.25
prosecco, acinum
frittura siciliana
platter of fried sicilian specialties: fried rice balls, fried chickpea polenta & potato croquettes.
INSALATE​
optional additions to all salads
$9.75
falanghina, terredora
grilled chicken $+4.95
grilled shrimp $+5.95
insalata caprese
sliced fresh mozzarella, sliced tomato & basil seasoned roasted red peppers w/ extra virgin olive oil.
$6.5
prosecco, acinum
grilled chicken $+4.95
grilled shrimp $+5.95
house salad
fresh tomato, red onion & kalamata olives on a bed of fresh spring mix tossed w/ chef’s house dressing.
$9.95
negroamaro rosé, cantele
grilled chicken $+4.95
grilled shrimp $+5.95
traditional wedge salad
iceberg lettuce mixed w/ green olives, diced fresh tomato, crumbled gorgonzola cheese & bites of prosciutto w/ chef’s house dressing.
$10.25
sauvignon blanc “vette“ san leonardo
grilled chicken $+4.95
grilled shrimp $+5.95
insalata di carciofi
grilled artichoke, fresh pear, tomato, onion & parmigiano-reggiano served on a bed of spring mix w/ chef’s house dressing.
$9.95
negroamaro rosé, cantele
grilled chicken $+4.95
grilled shrimp $+5.95
insalata di tonno
imported mediterranean tuna, cannellini beans, tomato, onions, shaved parmigiano served on a bed of spring mix w/ chef’s house dressing.
$7.95
gavi “la meirana“ broglia
grilled chicken $+4.95
grilled shrimp $+5.95
caesar salad
romaine lettuce & homemade crostini tossed w/ caesar dressing & shaved romano cheese w/ optional anchovies.
$11.75
aglianico, terredora
grilled chicken $+4.95
grilled shrimp $+5.95
prosciutto mozzarella salad
castelvetrano​ olives, prosciutto di parma, tomato, onion & of course, fresh mozzarella served on a bed of spring mix w/ chef’s house dressing.
CALZONE​
baked to order in our wood-burning oven
$12.99
borgaio, castello di meleto
calabria
ham, calabrese, ricotta cheese & mushroom.
$12.75
montepulciano d’abruzzo, capostrano
sicilia
spinach, broccoli & ricotta.
$11.75
primitivo, cantele
formaggio
ricotta, mozzarella.
PIZZA​
our pizzas are all 13 inches & baked in a wood-burning oven at 700 degrees to create a thin, crispy perfectly-charred crust. our pizza sauce is cooked daily by the chef. gluten free crust available.
$14.45
dolcetto “ san luigi” pecchenino
italiana
our specialty ‐ mozzarella & romano cheeses, plum tomatoes, basil & garlic.
$14.45
chianti colli senesi, fattoria del cerro
bianca
white pizza w/ ricotta, provolone, mozzarella & romano cheeses w/ basil & garlic.
$14.75
non confunditur, argiano
carne pazza
pizza sauce, pepperoni, sausage mozzarella & ham.
$14.75
sicilia rosso, colosi
calabrese
pizza sauce, mozzarella & imported spicy salami.
$13.95
montepulciano d’abruzzo, capostrano
margherita
pizza sauce, mozzarella & basil.
$15.45
cabernet sauvignon, torre di luna
campagnola
pizza sauce, grilled zucchini, grilled eggplant, roasted red peppers, spinach & mozzarella.
$15.45
primitivo, cantele
quattro stagioni
four seasons pizza - pizza sauce, ham, mushrooms, roasted red peppers & artichokes.
$17.45
pinot noir, lechthaler
pizza bomba
a combination of pizza carne pazza & pizza campagnola.
FLATBREAD​
$15.95
prosecco, acinum
toscana
our freshly-baked flat bread topped goat cheese, artichoke heart, roasted red peppers w/ a creamy pesto.
$14.25
negroamaro rosé, cantele
romana
our freshly-baked flatbread topped w/ prosciutto, arugula, shaved parmigiano, mozzarella & fresh cherry tomatoes sprinkled w/ extra virgin olive oil.
$13.25
ripasso, acinum
pollo
our freshly-baked flatbread topped w/ grilled chicken, mixed greens, green peppers, caramelized onions, diced tomato,mozzarella & pesto sauce.
$13.25
barbera d’asti, araldica
carne
our freshly-baked flatbread topped w/ very lean steak, mushrooms, green peppers, onions, mixed greens, mozzarella & pesto sauce.
SECONDI​
$14.95
aglianico, terredora
pollo caprese
fresh grilled chicken brushed w/ extra virgin olive oil & rosemary, topped w/ fresh mozzarella & tomatoes in a balsamic reduction, served w/ fresh vegetable of the day.
$15.75
barbera d’asti, araldica
pollo cacciatore
fresh​ chicken breast sauteed w/ fresh mushrooms, onions, roasted red peppers, green olives & topped w/ a special pomodoro sauce.
$16.95
chianti classico “rubiolo“ gagliole
pollo siciliano
fresh chicken breast sautéed in extra virgin olive oil, garlic & wine w/ capers, artichoke & fresh cherry tomato.
$14.95
dolcetto “ san luigi” pecchenino
pollo parmigiana
lightly breaded chicken breast topped w/ pomodoro sauce & mozzarella served w/ chef choice of pasta.
$16.95
terre di san leonardo, gonzaga
vitello parmigiana
fresh veal cutlet lightly breaded topped w/ fresh marinara sauce & mozzarella served w/ chef choice of pasta.
$18.95
merlot “valentino” feudi del pisciotto
vitello siciliano
fresh​ veal medallion sautéed w/ capers, artichokes & fresh grape tomatoes in white wine sauce.
$19.95
le sughere, frassinello
ribeye steak
fresh ribeye steak marinated in extra virgin olive oil, garlic & rosemary grilled & served w/ fresh arugula salad.
PASTA​
$11.99
create your own
gluten free meatballs available for an additional cost.
$13.5
rosso di montepuciano, fattoria del cerro
rigatoni alla pete piacenti
in loving memory of our dear friend peter piacenti. rigatoni tossed w/ fresh plum tomatoes & pesto sauce.
$13.5
borgaio, castello di meleto
rigatoni calabrese
rigatoni​ tossed w/ roasted peppers & sausage in a red sauce.
$13.25
sicilia rosso, colosi
rigatoni palermitana
marinara sauce w/ fresh eggplant, mozzarella, basil, ricotta salata & a touch of cream.
$13.25
terre di san leonardo, gonzaga
gnocchi siciliana
gnocchi​ in marinara sauce w/ mozzarella, basil & a touch of cream.
$13.5
chardonnay, vie di romans
spaghetti alla carbonara
spaghetti​ w/ pancetta, scallions, egg & black pepper.
$11.5
primitivo, cantele
rigatoni puttanesca
rigatoni tossed w/ marinara sauce combined w/ anchovies, capers & gaeta olives.
$14.95
falanghina, terredora
spaghetti alle vongole
spaghetti in an extra virgin oil sauce w/ little neck clams & fresh cherry tomato.
$13.5
le sughere, frassinello
lasagna bolognese
our old-fashioned meat lasagna w/ layers of béchamel sauce & traditional bolognese sauce baked to perfection.
$13.5
aglianico, terredora
bucatini all’amatriciana
with guanciale, scallions in a red tomato sauce.
PESCE​
$18.5
gavi “ la meirana “ broglia
salmone bruschetta
fresh salmon grilled to perfection topped w/ fresh tomatoes, basil, garlic & red onions & topped w/ a reduction of balsamic vinegar served w/ a side of veggies of the day.
$18.95
sauvignon blanc “vette“ san leonardo
grigliata mista
grilled shrimp, grilled sea scallops served on a bed of arugula.
$market
negroamaro rosé, cantele.
pesce fresco del giorno
fresh fish of the day.
GLUTEN FREE​
$13.95
montepulciano d’abruzzo, capostrano
pizza margherita
pizza​ sauce, mozzarella & basil.
$13.95
nebbiolo, produttori del barbaresco
rigatoni w/ meatballs
homemade meatballs w/ fresh marinara.
$9.75
falanghina, terredora
insalata caprese
sliced fresh mozzarella, sliced tomato & basil seasoned w/ extra virgin olive oil.
$13.75
rosso di montalcino, argiano
pollo arrosto
fresh chicken brushed w/ extra virgin olive oil grilled & served w/ fresh vegetable of the day.
$18.95
sauvignon blanc “ vette “ san leonardo
grigliata mista
grilled shrimp, grilled sea scallops served on a bed of arugula.
$4.5
moscato d’asti, marenco
gelato
ask your server for flavors of the day.
DOLCE​
$6.99
cassata al forno
baked sicilian cake made w/ fresh ricotta & chocolate chips.
$6.99
traditional tiramisú
lady​ fingers dipped in a mixture of rum & espresso, covered w/ a dessert cheese & dusted w/ cocoa.
$6.99
strawberry tiramisú
lady fingers dipped in a mixture of limoncello & strawberry & mascarpone cheese.
$6.99
cannoli
crisp pastry shell w/ delicious creamy ricotta/chocolate chip filling.
$6.99
profitterol
italian cream puff.
$6.99
italian wedding cake
sponge cake w/ ricotta, chocolate & whipped cream.
$6.99
sfogliatelle
traditional neapolitan dessert.
$4.5
gelato
ask your server for flavors of the day.
About
In the authentic Italian tradition, we select our simple, whole ingredients and combine them by hand with heart, using the time-honored method of open flame cooking. We utilize the intense heat of our wood burning ovens to lend unique flavor to our food. From our hand-made mozzarella to our artisanal pizzas, pastas and salads, we have a passion for quality and pride in our product that we know you'll appreciate. We only use sustainable, fresh, local ingredients.
PRICE RANGE
US$0
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
CUISINES
Italian, Pizza
FEATURES
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Always fantastic. The red sauce is out of this world. The Italiano pizza is a treat. The tenderness of chicken and veal is second to none. Francesco almost always in the kitchen preparing each meal.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank boliess
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nice place nicely decorated for holidays Great outside patio Traditional Italian food My son had pasta and I had a pizza Both were good In beautiful area

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank tenantrep
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I visited here with a friend a few weeks ago and had a wonderful experience. To preface...I had been to Francesco's on multiple occasions, but only to take out their pizza (which is the best in Central Florida). This time we decided to take a...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank ibkahuna
Reviewed 11 December 2018 via mobile

Our group of 9 dined outside. It was a chilly day but they had the overhead heater going. Service was excellent, atmosphere great, and the food was very good. Portions were large. Pizza, pasta, soups, salads were superb.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank RRoberts6
Reviewed 6 November 2018

The ambience in Francesco's is cozy and the idea that the owner is from Sicily and has a direct hand in the cooking makes it that more authentic. This restaurant is more of an upscale restaurant so you expect the best and that is exactly...More

Date of visit: March 2018
Thank _carolynshaffer9
Reviewed 2 October 2018 via mobile

Found this place by accident recently with my husband. So glad we did. The food is fantastic. The chef owner is from Sicily and is there cooking all the time. It has a pretty open kitchen so you can watch if you sit at the...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank exnyr
Reviewed 6 September 2018 via mobile

So glad a friend recommended Francesco's. We love Italian food and are always looking for authentic Italian restaurants. We had the calamari appetizer that was perfectly fried and very light. The bread and oil was amazing enough to be its own meal! Our main dishes...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank KristiK21
Reviewed 27 August 2018 via mobile

The best eggplant Parmesan is the best i’ve Ever had anywhere!! The house salad and creamy balsamic dressing is also amazing!!

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank labernathy3
Reviewed 6 August 2018

Pre Anniversary. Husband surprises me on a pre anniversary dinner at Francesco's. The food is always top notch! I had the lasagna which is my favorite, and my husband had a special that he so enjoyed! The dining room was busy, had a reservation and...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Sandalsgirl
Reviewed 29 July 2018

This was a hidden gem that someone told us about and we decided that we should try it out. By far, this is one of my all time favorites. Francesco is the chef and they have an open kitchen concept so you can see him...More

Date of visit: August 2017
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Reservations aren't necessary depending on what time you go. If you're planning on going Friday or Saturday night, you might want a reservation. They are pretty good about getting people in and out quickly as they have a... More
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