Villa Francesca was justifiably and undeniably, one of the true disappointments of my many immense experiences in Boston. However, this establishment is raved about for many legitimate reasons. The decor is lovely, especially regarding the classic Italian old world ambience. The food was respectable but not all that it was cracked up to be. The wine list definitely makes up for the suspect quality/quantity of the food in regard to its extensive selection of vintage vino. I made a reference towards the quantity of food because they?ll serve you an appetizer like sauteed calamari with the right size dish but with only ten or so calamari spread around evenly with the marinara smothered up amply to disguise its shortcomings. What about the service? Unfortunately, my waiter seemed partially disabled and could barely remember the specials, despite there only being two! He reminded me of a ex-convict on work release and was very unattentive and disrespectful. For instance; after taking our order for drinks and appetizers, our waiter ceased to exist after having the first two glasses of wine and appetizers delivered by someone else. Mind you, it was not busy!!! My wine glass was sitting empty for more than a half an hour with no attempts made to refill. My waiter didn?t even come by despite paying special attention to a party of four across from us. Realistically, this party of four came twenty or so minutes after us and were eating their lobster main courses before we even got served. When we did get served, it wasn?t even by our waiter, but by a busgirl. Regrettably, I happened to be with a lovely young woman who was more disappointed than I was which made it all the worse. Needless to say, I rushed through the main course, skipped desserts and never had a chance to enjoy more of their succulent wine. I?m a real first generation American-Italian New Yorker and have been to enough restaurants to know what is what. Peccato!!!
Pros: DECOR, WINE LIST
Cons: SERVICE, LOUD NOISE, PORTION SIZES