Francesca Pianta

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Francesca Pianta

Francesca Pianta is the daughter of Don Pianta in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. She fell in love with one of her father's mobsters, namely Frankie. Mario was sent by Don Pianta to find his daughter if he was going to obtain the Blimp Ticket to Glitzville. After a little conflict with her father, she and Frankie were engaged. She is the only notable female pianta in this game.

While Mario and his comrades were searching for the Sapphire Star in the Pirate's Grotto, he found a lot of stranded Toads, and also found Francesca and Frankie there, too. After Mario and his team defeated Lord Crump and the X-Nauts, they started to settle at Keelhaul Key.

When Mario and his teammates returned to Don Pianta's house for the Train Ticket to Poshley Heights, Don was sick. Mario and his team went back to Keelhaul Key via Black Skull to find Francesca and Frankie. After telling Francesca and Frankie about it and the moment they return to the apartment, Don tells the mob he's retiring and wants his daughter and son-in-law to run the business.

Tattle information[edit]

  • That's Francesca the Pianta. She's "well connected," get me? Her dad's a big boss. She doesn't crave money or power or anything like that, though. She lives for love. Doesn't that, like, totally melt your heart? People could learn from this girl!
  • That's Don Pianta's daughter, Francesca. She's head-over-heels for Frankie. Seems like she's got Frankie on a pretty short leash, but... Hey, they're happy, right?
  • (Pirate's Grotto) That's Francesca the Pianta. She shipwrecked here even before we did. She doesn't seem too worried. I guess she doesn't care as long as she has Frankie.
  • (Keelhaul Key) That's Francesca the Pianta. She and Frankie liked it here and decided to stay. ...But we've got to get them back as quickly as we can!

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese モニー
Monī, possibly meaning money.
Spanish Palmira Pun on "palm" (in Spanish this word is a variation of "palmera").
French Monica From the Japanese name, Monica is also an Italian female name.
German Palmina Pun on "palm", many German names end with "-ina"
Italian Romoletta Uncommon female Italian name.


  • The name Francesca can be considered the female counterpart of Frankie, underlining their link.
  • The Italian Francesca's name, Romoletta, paired with Frankie's one, Giuliano, makes a reference to Romeo and Juliet, whose love is impossible due to their families.