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“Did not meet expectations.”
Review of Francesca Wanaka

Francesca Wanaka
Ranked #14 of 96 Restaurants in Wanaka
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $30
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: 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.
Reviewed 26 May 2024 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.

Date of visit: May 2024
Thank Mike P
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Reviewed 22 May 2024

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.

Date of visit: May 2024
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Thank Rod T
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Reviewed 16 May 2024 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
Thank Danielle H
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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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Thank wanderingkiwi77
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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.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Thank Kiwianatraveller
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