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Franca's Perfect Gifts & Cafe Italia

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100-3811 Edmonton Trail NE, Calgary, Alberta T2E 3P5, Canada
Tue - Fri 09:00 - 17:00
Sat 09:00 - 22:30
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leiston suffolk
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65 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

The decor at Francas is excellent and the food is spectacular. Every dish is a winner in its own right. This is the genuine Italian food and not a pizza,pasta place. Franca and Mario make everybody so very welcome. nothing is too much trouble. Whatever you order will be delicious. Got to be the best Italian in the city.

Thank norbrian
Calgary, Canada
Level Contributor
21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2017

I had a fellow Director come by my office for lunch, who was not interested in my choice of East Indian or a Legion meal. He had heard there was a good Italian place nearby. It had to be Franca's. I had never been there but had been told it was good but expensive and a million other stories that... More 

Thank dbefus
Montreal, Canada
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87 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2017

Franca's knows good Italian. Simple dishes made with fresh ingredients, and cooked with passion and love, are what make Franca's special. The meatballs were rolled perfectly and the gnocchi was heaven; it melted in the mouth with a delicious tomato sauce. The chicken was cooked to perfection and the sauce was delectable. Franca, Mario and the rest of the team... More 

Thank Tony I
Calgary, Canada
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48 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 December 2016

If you looking for a great friendly Italian restaurant I recommend Franca's. This is my second visit here. Aside from Franca making my wife and I feel like we were apart of her family she took the time to ensure that we were happy with the meals. Franca took in to account our food preferences and modified our meals accordingly.... More 

Thank KDS_10
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 15 November 2016

Why would you go anywhere else? Open for lunch every day except Sunday and Monday, dinner served only Saturday night but reserve ahead as they fill up. Family owned and run, they make you feel like part of the family. Food is wonderful. This little restaurant is top of a very short list of our favourite places in Calgary to... More 

Thank Betty Anne T
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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96 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 September 2016

My husband and I were at a supplier's in the NE and asked them for a referral to get some good Italian food in the area. They said that Franca's is good but pricey. We gave it a try and found the pricing to be fine. The signage is clear and there is parking at the side. The building is... More 

Thank calgaryfoodfan
Calgary, Canada
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40 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

Our good friends joined us for a wonderful lunch at Franca's recently and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Mario's arugula salad woke our tastebuds which was followed by his fabulous veal chop served with pasta. A beautiful sangiovese paired well with our meal and we can't wait to come back.

Thank LynnJohn333
Calgary, Canada
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145 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 August 2016

An AWESOME 6 year anniversary dinner for my wife and I! Delicious food, excellent service at a reasonable price! What more could you want? Perfect sized menu with great variety! Family owed, friendly and professional (it's like a home away from home). You can tell they take a lot of pride in preparing and serving their food. We will be... More 

Thank 1_4_adventure
Calgary, Canada
Level Contributor
27 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 April 2016

This is certainly a spot we will return to again for a delicious lunch! The staff was friendly and did not rush us, the food was fresh and the house wine was smooth. We even saved room for a fresh tirimisu to share.This is the type of restaurant Calgary needs more of, modern Italian without a stuffy atmosphere. Way to... More 

Thank Red R
Calgary, Canada
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155 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 February 2016

Dinner for 8 adults to celebrate a birthday. Very cozy Italian feel. Franca meets you at the door with her lovely smile. Chef Mario is busy in the kitchen all night but came out when we left to shake our hands and bid us goodbye. Service was amazing. Food even more so. Polenta starter (decadent), fusilli (life altering), chicken parmasiana,... More 

Thank Carol K

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Child-friendly, Business meetings
Open Hours
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 100-3811 Edmonton Trail NE, Calgary, Alberta T2E 3P5, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Alberta  >  Calgary
  • Phone Number: 403-277-0766

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?