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  • Share the Amore Contest

     It's February! Valentine's Day is just around the corner - Want the chance to win a Sweetheart Jazz dinner for two (redeemable on our Jazz night, Feb 13th) valued at $100? 

    Enter our "Share the Amore" contest on Facebook! Submitting your entry couldn't be easier - just follow these steps for your chance to win! See details below for the Sweetheart Jazz night.

    1.) Like our Facebook page (if you haven't already).
    2.) Upload a selfie of yourself and your beloved to Facebook, tag our location by "checking in" and/or tag our page on the post.
    3.) In the text/caption with the pic, tell us why your love deserves dinner for 2.

    We'll go through all the entries and winners will be chosen (and notified) on February 11! We'll judge based on originality and authenticity of the entry.

    One grand prize winner. All entries must be received by 11:00pm EST on 2/10/18. Contest open to everyone, no purchase necessary. Grand prize may be redeemed for Valentine’s Jazz dinner for two on February 13th, 6:30pm.

  • Valentine's Day at Francesca's

    Join us for two days of Valentine's Celebrations that you don't want to miss! First up, a night of Spotlight Jazz on Tuesday the 13th, followed by Valentine's Day Dinner of the 14th! Our Valentine's Specials will be served both nights. We are sure to book up quickly, so make your reservations now!

    Tuesday February 13, 2018
    Valentine Spotlight Jazz

    Join us for an exciting night of jazz you won’t want to miss! Classic Jazz Standards with the NICK DECARLIS TRIO Nick DeCarlis, cornet / Thomas Royal, piano / David Ottenberg, bass

    By any measure, Allan Vaché 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 JazzBand (San Antonio), Allan has performed on Public Broadcasting programs including“Riverwalk Jazz,” “Austin City Limits,” and“A Prairie Home Companion.”This will be an exciting night you won’t want to miss. Reservations are highly recommended, especially for the first set.Allan Vaché’s website:

    Wednesday February 14, 2018
    Valentine's Day Dinner

    Seafood Rollatini Lobster, shrimp, lump crab rolled in a handmade pasta and served with a blood orange beurre blanc with roasted asparagus.
    Prime Rib Herb crusted and slow roasted. Served with au jus and a creamy horseradish with a twice baked potato.
    Stuffed Shells ala Francesca Pasta shells stuffed with three Italian cheeses and baked with our Bolognese with fresh mozzarella.
    Dessert Specials Strawberry Shortcake and Chocolate Roulade.

    We WILL FILL UP for this event, so make sure to get your reservation in now! Call us today at 352-378-7152!

  • Spotlight Jazz with Bill Prince

    Wed, January 24, 2018


    Bill Prince is well-known for his unique ability to perform professionally on multiple instruments, including trumpet, flugelhorn, trombone, flute, clarinet, saxophone, piano and electric bass. For example, although he played trumpet with the Buddy Rich Orchestra, he was first offered a chair in the saxophone section. Bill is a professor emeritus at the University of North Florida and has performed with numerous bands and orchestras including Buddy Rich, Billy Maxted, Pee Wee Hunt, the NORAD Band, the Denver, Ft. Lauderdale, Palm Beach, and Jacksonville Symphonies and the American Wind Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed with a number of well-known big bands including Xavier  Cugat, Ray Anthony, Tex Beneke, Les and Larry Elgart, Harry James, Tommy Dorsey and  Louis Bellson. He has appeared on TV shows in the United States, Canada, and Japan, and has has performed on over 50 albums including his The Best Kept Secret in Jazz. In more  recent years Bill has developed a cabaret show that he performs on cruise ships around the  world. Visit for more information. 

    Reservations are highly recommended, especially for the first set. Call 352.378.7152 today!

  • New Years at Francesca's

    Come celebrate the New Year with us! We'll have specials to help bring in 2018 in style!

    Surf and Turf
    6oz Tenderloin with a red wine demi glace accompanied by 2 crab stuffed prawns and twice baked potato

    Lobster Thermidor
    2 lb Maine lobster baked in a Parmesan cream sauce with oreganato bread crumbs. Served with homemade spinach tagliatelle (1/2 portions available)

    Bronzino Whole Bronzino
    sea trout served with a citrus beurre blanc and saffron risotto

    Cookies and Cream Creme Brulee
    White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake with Chambord liqueur

    Call now to make reservations! We're filling up fast! (352) 378-7152

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  • Spotlight Jazz with Terry Myers

    Terry Myers on tenor saxophone
    featuring the Nick DeCarlis Trio

    WEDNESDAY AUGUST 16, 6:30-9:30PM

    Join us for another exciting night of jazz you won’t want to miss!

    Please join us as we once again welcome our special guest Terry Myers! Terry is one of Orlando’s best-known musicians on tenor sax as well as clarinet.Terry is the Leader of the world-famous Tommy Dorsey Orchestra which has just   completed their US and international tours. Terry has been the featured reedman in Bill Allred’s Classic Jazz Band for many years. He also leads the Tribute to Benny Goodman big band. Don’t miss out on the fun—make your reservations now! 

  • 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!

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