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Well travelled Italian. Wood fired pizzas and house-made pastas inspired by the Italian's who broke their mothers hearts and left home looking for adventure.
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
CUISINES
Italian, Pizza, European
FEATURES
Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Gift Cards Available, Parking Available, Accepts Credit Cards, Digital Payments
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The food and service was okay. The prices were geared to tourists with favourable exchange rates that’s for sure. I found the menu a little limiting We were in the glasshouse in winter which was really quite cold. I would avoid this next time. Inside...was quite small and noisey. Better options in Wānaka.More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had lunch at Francesca and the restaurant had a really lovely ambience. The waiter that looked after us was friendly, attentive and knew the menu and specials well. All of the food that we ordered was so delicious, fresh, of high quality ingredients and...very filling. For entrees we had the Pawa flat bread that our waiter recommended and the seared scallops. The flat bread had a lvely wood fired flavour and was light and crispy. The topping of Pawa was very flavoursome. The seared scallops were plump and the different flavours of the mushrooms, parsnip puree and blood orange butter and chilli complemented the freshness of the scallops. For mains we had the baked gnocchi with napoli sauce, cherry tomatos, basil and stracchino and the pasta rigatoni with the slow cooked short rib ragu. Both dishes were hearty with a delightful Italian flavour and very immensely satisfying. We had a very pleasant lunch experience and highly recommend Francesca.More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Hands down the best Italian food we have ever had! Great atmosphere and wonderful service! Highly recommend! Will return again one day.

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 20 April 2024

Delicious food, lovely drinks and great friendly service from staff who were very sweet to and accommodating of one very hangry 10mo boy.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 11 April 2024

This is a very busy restaurant, and you usually have to book in advance. The restaurant itself is pleasant but it can get very noisy. Two of our group of 4 ordered the pizzas which were a good size and were enjoyed. However, I ordered...a mushroom pasta dish which was a complete let down. At $38 I was expecting something special. Instead, I was presented with a plate of almost dry pasta, very few mushrooms and hardly any sauce. It was only luke warm and having eaten a mouthful didn't want any more. I spoke to our server who agreed to change it for the ragu pasta dish. This was pleasant enough but certainly didn't warrant the price tag of $40. When we came to pay the bill, I was overcharged for my gin. The menu said one price and the till charged another. They did refund me when I pointed this out. It was a disappointing experience as our friends had never dined here before and we wanted it to be an enjoyable evening.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 7 April 2024

I was hesitant to go with some of the recent bad reviews. I don't know if they are confused with some other restaurant, but this one was an absolute home run. I had the Gnocchi with braised beef, and I can honestly say it was...one of the best Italian dishes I have ever had (and I have eaten a lot of them, haha). My wife's dish was also excellent. I suppose it was a little drafty and a smidge pretentious vis-a-vis other NZ restaurants, but I stand by my review: excellent food (which is what I care about at a restaurant).More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 3 April 2024

As a family group attending Warbirds Over Wanaka we found Francescas over priced and very under whelming with an average menu. However to be fair staff were very attentive and polite.

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 15 March 2024 via mobile

Food was good, no problems, but the waiting staff was very pushy. We weren't even given time to sit down before we were asked what we wanted to drink. Constant staff lurking around the tables ready to jump as soon as a glass or plate...was empty. With the first snow of the season on the mountains, it was s fresh night, and with us having the table right behind the register, every time the door opened a cold draught came in. When we suggested to the maitre'd to have the heater above the door on on a night like this, I felt my suggestion was taken not serious at all and laughed at. Waiting is a profession, but the staff here still have some learning to do.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 10 March 2024

Great atmosphere and excellent food We started with freshly wood fired bread and got the beef gnocchi and. Pepperoni pizza .

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 6 March 2024 via mobile

Just too busy and rushed. Ok - also very noisy. Not a classic relaxed Italian experience. Think more upmarket Pizza Hut. Tasty food though and friendly staff.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 4 March 2024 via mobile

Superb restaurant. Nice vibe nice interior and delicious food. Pasta a la Norma and pizza was very good. Highly recommended!!

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 29 February 2024

Fantastic food and wine with a great atmosphere and wait staff! We were delighted by the food and the experience. Highlights included the zucchini blossoms, the gnocchi, and the primativo!

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 11 February 2024

Wow We were looking forward to a nice Italian meal but hadn't expected to find some of the best Italian food that we have ever eaten in Wanaka.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 31 January 2024 via mobile

The service was poor. We saw people arrive after us get their orders taken, drinks delivered and food served before we’d even had our order taken. We got a bottle of water but no glasses, had to remind them about the salad we ordered when...our pizzas were served, and the pizzas were lukewarm. Wouldn’t recommend it.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 25 January 2024

💯 amazing food and staff. The oxtail pasta was just like Nonna used to make. Loved all the food we tried. Delicious. Thank you.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Francesca's Italian Kitchen Wanaka is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
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  • Value: 4
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