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  • Jeff Rupert on Tenor Sax - Spotlight Jazz

    Jeff Rupert on Tenor Sax
    featuring the Nick DeCarlis Trio

    WEDNESDAY June 20, 6:30-9:30PM

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

    Jeff Rupert’s first two Spotlight appearances were sellouts, and we really have a great time playing with him. If you enjoy tenor sax, you won’t want to miss this! Jeff 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, Benny Green, Kenny Drew Jr, and 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.



  • Cornet Conspiracy Jazz Jam


    PRIVATE JAZZ PARTY EVENT BUFFET DINNER
    RSVP ONLY - CALL 352.378.7152

    $30.00
    plus 6.5% tax & 18% gratuity

    The Cornet Conspiracy is a loosely-organized group of people from across the country who play, collect, study, and restore antique cornets & trumpets, which has met annually since 2001— and this year, they are coming to Gainesville! Among their activities is a “JAZZ JAM SESSION” with players ranging from amateur to professional. Francesca’s will be closing to the public to host this PRIVATE PARTY EVENT, which will include local professional musicians as well. Here’s your chance to join the fun—but RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED—PLEASE RSVP TODAY: 352.378.7152

    Buffet available 6pm to 8:30pm (No other menus available this night)

    Buffet items:

    Francesca’s House Salad with Balsamic and Creamy Italian Dressings

    NY Strip Café de Paris (served with a Dijon Brandy Cream)

    Salmon Picatta-white wine, lemon butter with capers

    Pasta Massimo-grilled chicken and penne pasta tossed with a gorgonzola cream sauce

    Eggplant Rollatini (vegetarian)

    Pasta Puttanesca-Linguine with olives, capers, onions and tomatoes, slightly spicy

    Wild Mushroom Risotto

    Garlic Rolls

    Tiramisu for Dessert

    Soft Drinks Included

    Guests on their own for Cash Bar

    CALL TODAY for RESERVATIONS (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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