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  • Easter Brunch 2019

    Join us Easter Sunday from 10am-6pm and celebrate a joyous and plentiful holiday buffet with family and friends.

    Hand Carved Pineapple and Honey Glazed Ham
    Lollipop Lamb Chops with a Red Wine Demi Glace
    Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes
    Pancetta and Spring Pea Risotto
    Stuffed Shells with Marinara
    Herbed Shrimp and Goat Cheese Penne Pasta
    Sausage, Bacon, Scrambled Eggs
    Salmon Cakes with Pistachio Aioli
    Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with Blueberry Butterscotch Syrup
    Brunch Potatoes with Onions and Peppers
    Belgian Waffle Station
    Salmon Gravlax and Bagel
    Deviled Eggs
    Holiday House Salad with Balsamic and Creamy Italian Dressings
    Mediterranean Chickpea Orzo Salad
    Assorted Breads, Bagels and Decadent Desserts

    Coffee and Soft Beverages Included

    * At 2pm, breakfast items will be replaced with Salmon Picatta, Chicken Francaise, Vegetarian Puttanesca and a Live Action Pasta Carbonara station.

    $34.95 per person plus sales tax & 18% gratuity. Children 10 and younger $16.95.
    Our regular menu is unavailable for this day. Dine-in only. We are unable to apply any discounts to this holiday meal.

    We are booking up fast - call now to make your reservations! (352)378-7152

  • Mardi Gras Spotlight Jazz with Allan Vaché

    Mardi Gras 2019
    Allan Vaché on clarinet
    with the Nick DeCarlis Quartet 

    Wednesday, March 6th
    6:00 (music 6:30-7:45)
    8:00 (music 8:15-9:30) 

    Mardi Gras is the first week of March this year, and to celebrate, we have invited clarinet virtuoso Allan Vaché back for his 5th Francesca’s appearance! By any measure, Allan is one of the top jazz clarinetists on the planet. He tours around the world, and has recorded albums for labels including Arbors Records, Audiophile, Jazzology and Nagel-Heyer. 

    A former member of the Jim Cullum Jazz Band (San Antonio), Allan has performed on Public Broadcasting programs including “Riverwalk Jazz,” “Austin City Limits,” and “A Prairie Home Companion.” 

    Allan Vaché’s website: 

  • Sweetheart Jazz with Rebecca Zapen

    Featuring Rebecca Zapen on vocals & violin!
    Classic Jazz Standards with the NICK DECARLIS QUARTET

    Reservations HIGHLY recommended!! 352.378.7152

    Wednesday, February 13th
    6:00 (music 6:30-7:45)
    8:00 (music 8:15-9:30)

    Rebecca Zapen was a huge hit at her Francesca’s debut performance last September with her lovely singing & violin playing. Skip the Valentine’s Day rush and join us a day early on February 13th—we are expecting a big crowd for her return, so make your reservations now!

    A third-generation musician in a family tree including players of violin, piano, double bass, guitar, and accordion, Rebecca Zapen has developed into a multifaceted performer: classically-trained violinist, jazz crooner, and award-winning songwriter. She graduated from Florida State University with degrees in Music and Biology. Past appearances include Jacksonville Jazz Festival, Clearwater Jazz Holiday, Florida Folk Festival, and Public Radio International show Michael Feldman’s Whad’Ya Know?. Currently performing extensively in Florida, past tours have included venues such as The Bitter End (NYC), Genghis Cohen (L.A.), and Katerina’s (Chicago), and abroad at Les Temps Modernes (Switzerland), Le Caveau des Oubliettes (France), and Paganini Auditorium (Italy).

    The versatile vocalist and violinist has released 4 albums: Hummingbird, Japanese Bathhouse, ZapStar, and Nest. Awards and accolades include: Florida Album of the Year 2011 for Nest; Jacksonville’s Musician of the Year 2008; and Best Cabaret Album & Best Cabaret Song in Just Plain Folks Awards 2009 for Japanese Bathhouse. Zapen’s original songs appeared in a national promotion for Crocs Shoes. She placed 2nd in the Bushman World Ukulele Video Contest, and she was a Finalist in the 2007 DiscMakers’ Independent Music World Series. Zapen was awarded Best Local Classical Musician in Creative Loafing’s Best of the Bay 2015. Nest received 6 nominations in the JPF Music Awards 2017. Originally a native of Jacksonville, Florida, St. Petersburg has been her home since 2008, where she lives with her husband, pianist, music director and recording engineer Jeremy Douglass, and their two children.

    For more info and upcoming performance dates, visit

    Reservations HIGHLY recommended - this event will book up fast! 352.378.7152

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