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  • Spotlight Jazz with Gary Starling

    Gary Starling on guitar
    with the Nick DeCarlis Trio

    Wednesday August 16, 6:30-9:30pm

    Gary Starling is synonymous with jazz on the Florida First Coast. Artist in Residence and professor of guitar at Jacksonville University, he has inspired and broadened the horizons of hundreds of aspiring musicians and has performed with Bob Hope, Diahann Carroll, Rita Moreno, Skitch Henderson, the Jacksonville Symphony Pops Orchestra and others. He has appeared with jazz artists Eddie Harris, Nat Adderley, and numerous others. 

    The Gary Starling Group has made multiple appearances at the Jacksonville Jazz Festival. Some other past engagements include: Hilton Head Jazz Society, Pleasure Island at Disney World, Gainesville Friends of Jazz and Blues, the Cloister Hotel at Sea Island, Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Amelia Island Plantation, World Golf Village, White Oak Plantation, Epping Forest Yacht Club, Greyfield Inn, Miami Beach Convention Center, University Club, River Club, Sawgrass Club, Ponte Vedra Inn, San Sebastian Winery, Cummer Ball, Ragtime Tavern, Casa Monica Hotel, Jacksonville Landing, and a live appearance on Public Radio’s “Whad’ya Know” 

    In May 2012 Gary Starling was inducted into the Jacksonville Jazz Festival Hall of Fame recognizing those who have made significant contributions to jazz in Jacksonville. 

    Reservations are highly recommended, especially for the first set. Consider the second set at 7:45!

    Seating near the band is limited - make your reservations now! Call us today at 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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