Neighborhood Spotlight: Francesca’s on Taylor

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Humbled. That is one of two words that come to mind when Scott Harris reflects back on the 25 years since Francesca’s Restaurants first opened.

“I am humbled and grateful to be celebrating the 25th anniversary of Mia Francesca with you all,” says Harris, owner and co-founder. “A special thank you to our loyal customers and staff for your endless support…cheers to the next 25!”

Meanwhile, the words Francesca’s regular Colleen Wogernese used to describe the food are “to die for.”

“It’s like a little part of Italy right in Chicago,” said Wogernese, who said the restaurant is one of her favorite Chicago destinations. “The food is authentic, the atmosphere is upscale without being stuffy, and they have a great value for the quality and portions.”

Located at 1400 W. Taylor Street, Francesca’s on Taylor is a local favorite deserving of national attention.

The restaurant features the best zesty, earthy flavors of Rome, bringing what Chicago Magazine calls a “new kind of abbondanza to an old Italian neighborhood.”

It’s Harris’ fourth restaurant to open in the Chicago area, and Chicago Tribune food writer Phil Vettel says it’s his favorite Francesca’s establishment.

Visitors agree: authenticity, service and food are spectacular

Everyday diners agree, ranking the spot with 4.5 stars on Trip Advisor. Words like phenomenal, terrific and authentic are among the most common words used to describe patron experiences at the community staple, a spot many call their weekly go-to.

The service is ranked as impeccable and the food speaks for itself. Menu favorites include a variety of starters and salads, as well as a plethora of authentic Italian entrees.

Burrata O’Vesuvio features creamy fresh mozzarella, oven-dried Vesuvio tomatoes, arugula, pesto, croutons, sea salt and EVOO. The Calamari fritti is another antipasti selection, featuring crispy fried calamari served with lemon and marinara.

The pizza list may not be long, but it features endless create-your-own option in addition to fan favorites like the Quattro stagioni. Prosciutto, artichokes, mushrooms, olives and egg top an oven baked pizza sure to treat the senses.

Pasta dishes are another crowd pleaser, particularly the Linguine Arlecchino. Noodles are sauteed with shrimp, sea scallops, manila clams, garlic and olive oil and served with a spicy cherry tomato sauce; a combination sure to deliver to all the senses.

If you’d prefer an entree aside from the pasta, the Barramundi Pagliacci features Australian sea bass with broccoli, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, eggplant, zucchini, garlic and white wine.

Pair it all with the perfect wine from the extensive wine list and finish it off with a slice of tiramisu for a flavorful trip to Italy right in your neighborhood.

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