167. Francesca’s

Every once in a while you stumble upon a restaurant that blows away any expectation you may have had. You are introduced to new dishes, a new way of dining. Francesca’s is one of those places.

I recently went to Francesca’s with a few friends on a Friday night. Any old Friday night you can find us dining at one of the great restaurants here in town, but tonight was special. Tonight, the weather was perfect. There was no rain, no humdity, no snow (!!!). We were set on dining outdoors, a kickoff to the summer weather and obviously to enjoy some good company.

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When I was guided outside by our hostess to the outdoor patio at Francesca’s I was completely blown away. It was this large, romantic space with a wall of vines and candles and lights and grass and a fire pit…it was a game changer.

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We sat at our table, unaware that we were even in Syracuse, NY. It felt like we were in a bustling city, we kept saying that tt’s not every day you find something like this in Syracuse. And on my quest to find the best patio, Francesca’s wins hands down best outdoor dining experience in Syracuse. Without a doubt. I think if you’ve got a space to utilize, you should take a page from Francesca’s book…they’re doing everything right with their patio.

The menu is unreal, their stuffed peppers, utica greens, stuffed olives, seafood chowder, scallops, chicken parm…all of it, was just brilliant. Not to mention, the desserts are to die for. The Italian cuisine is authentic, you can’t go wrong with any of it! It was one of the best meals I’ve had all year, and I’ve been frequenting a lot of restaurants in the area because of this blog…so I’ve had a lot of meals.

I strongly recommend going to Francesca’s for a meal one of these nights…if you can, go during the summer months so you can enjoy the patio! Head out to celebrate an anniversary, a birthday, friendship, love…make any excuse you can and go there. They are open throughout the week, until 10pm and closed on Sunday.

Tip: Reservations are strongly recommended. Their outdoor patio is one of the highlights of the dining experience and on the weekends it’s a long wait for a table. Get there early and enjoy a drink at the bar.

location: Little Italy, 545 North Salina Street

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