Welcome to Francesca’s Cucina, a family owned Syracuse Italian restaurant located in the heart of Little Italy.

The History

Syracuse Italian restaurants are known for their fantastic Italian American regional specialties such as Utica Greens and Chicken Riggies. Of all the great Syracuse Italian Restaurants it is said that Francesca’s Cucina serves the most outstanding examples of these local recipes.

The recipes have been handed down from generations of great Syracuse Italian Restaurateurs to the current chef owner. He is from a family of Syracuse Italian Restaurant owners that goes back four generations. His great grandfather owned an Italian cafe in Syracuse’s Little Italy neighborhood just two blocks from where Francesca’s Cucina stands today. This family pride and talent can be tasted in virtually every dish.




Monday – Friday: 11:30am – 2:30pm
Saturday & Sunday: Closed

Monday: 5 – 9pm
Tuesday – Saturday: 5 – 10pm
Sunday: Closed

For reservations, please call 315-425-1556

Banquets & Catering, please call 315-409-8848

Dry Aged Beef

Francesca’s Cucina

is a Syracuse restaurant that takes great pride in creating dishes featuring the finest ingredients. Steaks created with dry aged beef are considered to be the pinnacle of flavor and texture. Dry aging is a traditional method of creating exceptionally tender beef.

The process uses the meat’s natural enzymes, along with the passage of time, to slowly tenderize the meat and enhance the flavor. Utilizing special meat coolers and extensive culinary technique Francesca’s produces all of their own dry aged beef in-house. These exceptional steaks are served in reserve quantities as a dinner special. Please contact the restaurant for information about daily specials.


James Beard House

We consider you family here at Francesca’s Cucina, and as family we like to fill you in on all the latest news! We are more than happy to announce that we were invited to cook at the James Beard House on St Joseph’s day. We served a St Joseph’s Day themed feast. This is a tremendous honor because only the elite chefs and restaurants are invited to host a meal at the James Beard House. Proceeds from the sale of seats at the meal support the James Beard Foundation which fosters culinary education.

The process started with menu planning and acquiring the finest ingredients. Wine parings were provided by many fine Finger Lakes region wineries. A hand crafted beer pairing was provided by a local craft brewery. The chefs had one day to cook in the James Beard House kitchen.

They prepared everything from scratch. The meal began with an outdoor cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception in the beautiful outdoor patio of the James beard House. The diners then went upstairs to the private dining room of the house for the dinner. Many courses were served. Each course was served with a pairing of wine or craft beer. After the meal Francesca’s Cucina Executive Chef came out to speak with the diners and engage in a question and answer session. The diners applauded the amazing meal and talented culinary staff. It was an amazing experience for both the diners and our talented chefs who created the meal.


545 North Salina Street, Syracuse, NY 13208
Please call for reservations: 315-425-1556
For catering and banquet inquiries, call 315-409-8848, or use the form below.

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