The Chicken Marsala Can’t Be Beat at Francesco’s Ristorante
March 8, 2016 | trioonline
If you’re looking for an Italian meal that’s sure to satisfy, Hartford locals will point you in the direction of Francesco’s without reservation. This full-service restaurant has built a stellar reputation for serving up flavorful food at great prices. The menu is extensive, with signature appetizers including the delectable Fried Mozzarella and the excellent New York Style Calamari. Salads are also quite good, with regulars recommending the Sicilian with tomatoes, Vidalia onions, and a savory olive oil dressing. For entrees, the Chicken Marsala can’t be beat, and the Shrimp Venezia is also quite good. Pastas are some of the strongest sellers here; try the Lobster Ravioli, which is stuffed with sweet lobster meat and served in a roasted red pepper cream sauce. Prices are very reasonable, and portion sizes are generous, even for an Italian restaurant. On nice days, sit outside on the spacious patio and enjoy your meal. Note that they’re closed for private parties on Sunday.