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  • Spotlight Jazz with Jeff Rupert

    Wednesday June 14
    6:30 - 9:30pm

    Jeff Rupert's first Spotlight appearance last year was a sellout. If you enjoy tenor sax, you won't want to miss this!

    Jeff Rupert is Pegasus Professor, and Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Central Florida. He is a saxophonist, composer, record producer, and recording artist.

    Rupert has been a featured soloist on dozens of recordings with artists including Maynard Ferguson, Sam Rivers, Mel Tormé, Diane Schuur and Benny Carter. He played on Carter’s Harlem Renaissance which won a Grammy. He has also performed with Harry Allen, pianist Benny Green, Kenny Drew jr, trumpeter Michael Philip Mossman, and pianist and singer Judy Carmichael.

    Rupert currently is the leader of The Jazz Professors, which had top JazzWeek charting hit albums in 2012 and 2013. His third album, “From Memphis to Mobile”, with Kenny Drew, Jr.

    Rupert joined Sam Rivers’ band in 1996 and appeared in four recordings with the group. He has performed in hundreds of concerts with Rivers, including performances at Lincoln for Ed Bradley’s Jazz from Lincoln Center (broadcast on NPR), the Vision Festival NYC and Columbia University.

    LAST YEAR SOLD OUT! SEATING NEAR THE BAND IS LIMITED
    MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS NOW!
    Call us at 352.378.7152

  • Fathers Day Buffet 2017


    Join us for a Father's Day Buffet to celebrate the wonderful men in our lives!

    Featuring a Holiday Buffet from 10am-6pm

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    Hand Carved Prime Rib of Beef with Au Jus and Horseradish
    Roasted Garlic and Cream Mashed Potatoes
    Sausage and Peppers Penne Pasta
    Sausage, Bacon and Scrambled Eggs
    Brunch Potatoes
    Gruyere Mac and Cheese with Shrimp
    Calvados Pork Tenderloin with Apple
    Live Action Pasta Carbonara Station
    Salmon Gravlax and Bagel
    Holiday House Salad with Creamy Italian and Balsamic Dressings
    Creamy Bacon Potato Salad
    Assorted Rolls and Decadent Desserts
    Coffee and Soft Beverages Included

    All Dads receive a complimentary Draft Beer!

    *At 2pm Breakfast Items will be replaced with
    Salmon Picatta and Chicken Parmesan.

    $32.95 plus sales tax and 18% gratuity.
    Dine in Only. We are unable to apply any discounts to this holiday meal.

    Make your reservations now! (352)378-7152

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  • Win a $50 Gift Card!

    We're not done giving stuff away! You guys blew us away with how quickly we pushed up and over our 1000 followers goal and now we want to share some more amore with you.

    You still have another chance to WIN A $50 GIFT CARD! In one week, on July 31st, we're going to pick a random follower on our Facebook page to win! Same rules as last time, but we're putting a time limit on this one instead of a likes goal. Just make sure you like us on Facebook and bam! You're automatically entered to win!

    Share the message around and get your friends to like us too... we could be handing out prizes to people who do, and you don't wanna miss out!

    CLICK HERE to like us on Facebook if you haven't already!

  • Introducing Family Packs ToGo!

     

    (352) 378.7152

    Our Family Variety Meals are designed to feed 4 to 6 adults. Please allow time for preparation. Most items can be ready within 30 minutes. We accept pre-orders for these combination meals until 5:30 daily. After that, we are busy taking great care of our guests in the restaurant!

    Your Selection will include:
    Freshly Baked Garlic Rolls (8)
    Francesca’s Carry Out Salad for 6 with House-made Balsamic Vinaigrette or Creamy Italian Dressing or a Classic Caesar Salad.

     #1. Full House $80.00
    (13.50 per person)
    Lasagna: Generous layers of ground beef, tomato, cheese and pasta baked in tomato sauce with mozzarella and Parmesan.
    Manicotti: Stuffed pasta rolls with ricotta, mozzarella and Parmesan baked in tomato sauce with cheese.
    Eggplant Rollatini: Crisp eggplant wrapped around our 3 Italian cheese blend baked with marinara and mozzarella.

    #2. Pizza Party $75.00
    (12.50 per person)
    Two Twelve Inch 2 Topping Thick Crust Pizzas: Pizza topping choices: Italian Sausage, Pepperoni, Mushrooms, Onions, Roasted Red Peppers, Mediterranean Olives, Spinach, Grilled Eggplant, Anchovies.
    Baked Ziti: Ziti pasta baked with tomato sauce and mozzarella.

    #3. All in the Family $70.00
    (11.70 per person)
    Chicken Parmesan: Breaded chicken breast baked with tomato sauce, mozzarella and Parmesan.
    Eggplant Parmesan: Baked with tomato sauce and mozzarella.
    Baked Ziti Romano: Ziti pasta baked with tomato sauce, ricotta and mozzarella.

    #4. From the Garden $70.00
    (11.70 per person)
    Vegetarian Puttanesca: Penne pasta tossed with capers, onions, olives, and shallots in a spicy marinara.
    Eggplant Parmesan: Baked with tomato sauce and mozzarella.
    Vegetable Primavera: Seasonal vegetables tossed with garlic and olive oil over penne pasta.

    #5. Company’s Coming $85.00
    (14.20 per person)
    Penne ala Vodka: Penne tossed with a vodka tomato cream sauce with prosciutto.
    Chicken Marsala: Chicken breast sauteéd in a rich Marsala wine sauce with mushrooms.
    Pasta Massimo: Chicken and penne pasta tossed in a creamy Gorgonzola sauce with fresh tomato

    Our regular dining menus always available for carryout during business hours.

  • Closed on Memorial Day

    We will be closed on Memorial Day to honor those who have fallen. Please take this day to remember and pray for those we miss and the loved ones they have left behind.

  • Amore In a Bottle

    Just in time for the holidays, Francesca's has started bottling their signature Marinara and Tomato Sauces, along with Minestrone and Pasta e Fagiole.  This is the very same sauce we serve here in the restaurant, slow simmered and bottled the same day.  

    Our bartender, Chris, who has a love of design, drew the picture of the building to resemble an old villa and designed and printed the labels for us.

    We are producing in small batches and they go very quickly. More work for the Chef!

  • Cioppino

    Chef Michael introduced our cioppino to the menu. In Northern Italian towns nestled on the seashore, eateries serve a local favorite meal of assorted fresh seafood in spicy tomato-based sauces called cioppinos.
    Our dish is loaded with delicious mussels, clams, calamari, shrimp, and a fresh fish served with a spicy tomato broth and seasoned ciabatta bread. Take a bite into an Italian summer delight.

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