Monday, August 16, 2010

Villa Francesca

I feel like Ristorante Villa-Francesca and I already have a special relationship. There is something about her, she always knows how to brighten up my day. Walking home from work I round the corner off Hanover onto Richmond Street and their she is beaming proudly along the Freedom Trail. Flower beds with an abundance of bright green plants line the outside edge of the wide open windows. A huge raw bar in the shape of a boat sits in one open window section, and even more brightly colored pink and purple flowers hang in pots above.
Villa Francesca's positive vibes encompasses this block, there is no doubt about it. I've visited for drinks, but never a meal. I was delighted to attend a dinner with bloggers and experience what this well established North End spot had to offer. I arrived and was lead downstairs to the exposed brick walled wine cellar. Here I was greeted with a glass of Prosecco and freshly shucked oysters. The attention to detail at the Oyster bar, complete with lemon wedges and cocktail sauce was impressive. The constant refills of my Prosecco glass were welcomed as I mingled and conversed with blog friends - some I'd recently met, and others I hadn't yet had the pleasure.
After a good hour of mingling, we sat down to dinner.
Soon after our wine glasses were filled, the appetizer course began with the Antipasti Dela Casa.
This large platter included: prosciutto, salami, provolone and olives, as well as a caprese salad containing buffalo mozzarella and tomatoes drizzled in olive oil, finished with a chiffonade of fresh basil and a dusting of cracked pepper. I especially adored the presentation of salami pyramids.
Next we enjoyed the Fettuccine Con Gamberi - the homemade pasta a plus, with flavorful shrimp in a vibrant tomato basil and cream sauce.
Villa Francesca was packed tonight! After all, it was the first Monday of Restaurant Week. The atmosphere upstairs is just as inviting as the wine cellar we were dining in. Hardwood floors, exposed brick archways, elegant wine racks and a chic marble bar are all part of the bustling scene.For the main course, we had our choice of two entrees. 
Sogliola Alla Meditteranea. Fillet of Sole prepared with extra virgin olive oil, a touch of butter, lots of fresh basil and a sprinkle of fresh tomato. Served with roasted potatoes and escarole with cannelini beans.
Pollo Monte. Chicken layered with Eggplant and mozzarella, topped with artichoke in a white wine sauce. Served with roasted potatoes and spinach. Megan ordered the Pollo, I ordered the Sogliola, and we shared! Both were excellent choices.

For dessert, our waitress hand filled fresh baked cannoli shells table side and topped them with our choice of chocolate chips, walnuts and/or powdered sugar.
Heaven on a plate.
And heaven (espresso) in a tiny mug.
I had an absolute blast dining with these guys!! Thanks so much Villa Franchesca for your generous hospitality.
Another North End gem discovered. My walks home past Ristorante Villa Francesca will forever be filled with fond memories of this night.
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22 comments:

MelissaNibbles said...

Looks like a great restaurant. I like the decor too.

You bloggers are all so fashionable. I'm jealous!

Simply Life said...

wow, everything looks great!

Café Bellini said...

Looks like a fab night! Must have been fun, meeting other bloggers!

kris10haley said...

Thank you so much for the write up :) I'm almost hungry all over again! Almost. Kind of still super full from last night <3
k

Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic said...

Looks like you had a fab evening! Villa Francesca was actually the very first North End restaurant I went to when I first moved to Boston, so it always has a special place in my heart ;) And of course I love their cannolis! (but, I do love all cannolis hehe)

Megan said...

I can't believe you already posted a review... must have been the espresso! Thanks again for splitting dinner with me. I love when we do that and get to try everything! This really was a fabulous evening, from the oysters and the mingling to all of the food and the freshly filled cannoli! So glad we got to catch up!

Megan said...

P.S. Get on Twitter! Ha ha

Christina said...

holy freaking food. jealous!!! i want that shrimp fettucine. and that cannoli is the fanciest one i've ever seen. god i love prosecco too.

Melissa said...

I should probably comment on the amazing-sounding food, but I'm quite obsessed with the lovely hanging plant baskets in that one picture!

Corinne said...

CANNOLIS FILLED AT YOUR TABLE!? Get out of town! No, don't because that would mean you wouldn't write up amazing, mouth watering reviews such as this one. Love it! :)

Fun and Fearless in Beantown said...

Have we convinced you to join Twitter yet? Please? It was great seeing you and I hope we can do a North End date soon!

Juliana said...

Wow, what a fun place and everything looks so yummie!

this free bird said...

Oh man am I hungry. The sole and the cannoli look AMAZING! oy

xoxo,
Carrie

Café Bellini said...

Thanks for the book recommendation! I'll definitely be reading that one :-)

Jen said...

Holy cannoli!

That is some seriously beautiful food. I wasn't planning on stopping at the grocery on the way home, but now I feel I must. YUM.

Terrianne, Call me Ree said...

Okay, I'm mad. Sooo mad! ;/

P.S. This looked like an awesome time. =)

Meghan@travelwinedine said...

Wiw! Your post is awesome. You really got a lot of great photos. Let's definitely have another North End date soon!

Jammer said...

That restaurant is beautiful!

Lara @ GoodCookDoris said...

Great to meet you! Looking forward to checking out more of your North End recs and tweeting with you :)

Anne @ Food Loving Polar Bear said...

You lucky girl! You got to enjoy an evening with other cool bloggers and eat all that wonderful food! :)

icantlookback said...

It was so great to meet you, and now to welcome you to twitter!! Your photos are fantastic! Hope to see you soon!

@renh77

Kate Troiano said...

Cant deal with that Cannoli...