Spaghetti, like a hammerhead shark, is rigid and boring until it’s submerged in water, at which point it quickly springs to life and develops a taste for swimmers. Celebrate this predatory noodle with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of Italian cuisine and drinks at Francesca’s Ristorante Italiano.
Francesca’s Ristorante's bustling kitchen hosts top-notch chefs who cook classic Italian dishes from the restaurant's menu. The San Rocco panini presses together grilled tenderloin, spinach, red peppers, provolone, gorgonzola, and a balsamic demi-glace ($10), and a rustic-style pizza, such as the calamata olive- and tomato pesto sauce-laden Armondo ($12), presents savory ingredients on an edible dough plate.
Francesca's pastas come in both traditional flavors, such as lasagna ($12), and specialty flavors, such as the fettuccine escargot, a bed of carbohydrates that supports the slumber of sautéed snails in a spinach and white-wine cream sauce ($16). Those serious about leaving no corner of the stomach unfilled may sink into the King Cut, a tender, tasty 32-ounce bone-in Tomahawk rib eye ($41).
The Marchione family spent years transforming an 87-year-old building from a rundown tavern into a youth baseball field into an upscale fine-dining establishment. The Tuscan-inspired dining room and knowledgeable wait staff invite guests to feel at home. Tables can be reserved online.
- The pizza list is imaginative, and the panini here is based on that same fine restaurant-made bread. – Janice Okun, Buffalo News
- And then there is the menu . . . fantastic! A culinary delight; the duck was cooked to perfection, the seafood trio was melt in your mouth unbelievable – Auguste, Urbanspoon
Francesca's Ristorante Italiano
Francesca's Ristorante Italiano's eggplant fra diablo won Taste of Buffalo's 2012 Pat Sardina Memorial award for Best Comfort Food, and the lemon strawberry sorbet won Taste of Buffalo's award for 2013 Independent Health Foundation's Healthy Options, but those aren't the only items on the eatery's menu that could have qualified. Other dishes with sumptuous, rich flavors include the eatery's rustic Italian pizzas, which chefs paint with a signature red-wine sauce or garlic-cream-cheese spread, as well as the osso buco with tender, slow-cooked beef shank and oyster mushrooms packed into ravioli. While navigating forks through tubes of housemade manicotti stuffed with ricotta cheese, patrons can enjoy the melodies of occasional live music or launch paper airplanes off the outdoor patio. Dark wood accentuates the fully stocked bar, replete with wine, beer, and cocktail makings.
2022 Seneca St.
Buffalo, New York 14210Get Directions