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Francesca's Forno

1576 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622-2008 (Northwest Side)
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Ranked #1,080 of 8,411 Restaurants in Chicago
Price range: $15 - $20
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Italian
Neighborhood: Northwest Side
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Damen/Milwaukee/North
Transit: Located just steps from the Blue Line at the Damen Avenue Stop
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English first
Chicago, Illinois
17 reviews 17 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

We were there on a Saturday evening early and restaurant was not busy yet. The waiter, who was very good, kept urging appetizers. None of us were much of drinkers and were in a hurry to get to a nearby theater so all but one skipped the appetizers. We found out why later when the meal was served, the portions... More 

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Oslo, Norway
20 reviews 20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014 via mobile

We just wanted to have something close to Division and found Francesca's forno. The menu really catch us and must say that the food was delicious. Next time back to chicago it will be on my list for sure.

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Vista, California, USA
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97 reviews 97 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Went for the Glazed & Infused donuts but decided to go in the adjoining restaurant. Had the Muffuletta sandwich - very good and the Donut Trio also very good as they are donuts after all. Definitely try the Maple bacon Long John.

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Vancouver, Canada
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35 reviews 35 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Good selection of entrees on the menu followed by great food was all one could ask for. Along with 20+ beers to choose from, this dining experience was one of the better ones.

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95 reviews 95 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

We loved the food, hated the waiting for it. We had the Calamari and their spicy pizza, which we loved. Whilst we loved the food and the people watching the service was dodgy and was trading on the what and not the here and now. Having said this our first two choices for a Wednesday night meal both had a... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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23 reviews 23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Take the blue line to Milwaukee and you'll find Francesca's Forno nearby. Stroll around a bit to sneak a peak at vintage clothing, high-end candle shops, perfumeries, cutting edge designer shoes and bags, or bicycle shops. Plenty of restaurants to choose from, but this place has a view of the scene. Grab a seat at a high top table and... More 

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36 reviews 36 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Lunch menu was eclectic and plenty of choices. Service was efficient but somewhat uneven. Excellent bread. Iced tea - tasteless. Good items on the menu were the pasta (w/shrimp) - expertly prepared with great tasting fresh ingredients. Average were the calamari and salads. Well below average - mushroom pizza - poor quality all around.

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112 reviews 112 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
132 helpful votes 132 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Stopped at their window across from Stan's donuts to grab a donut as the line was long so figured it must be good, and the locals in line said they were better than Stan's. Red Velvet donut we had was the best donut we have ever had. Worth a stop just for a donut, as they are that good.

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33 reviews 33 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Why, you ask? Because you simply CANNOT have one if you eat here, by the door, under a speaker, next to the server's station listening to Nirvana and Pearl Jam at crazy loud volume. And I even LIKE 90's music! We should have asked to move right away, but the place was busy on a Saturday night. Yes, Wicker Park... More 

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Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
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52 reviews 52 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

After having awful treatment at Piece down the road on North Ave, my friends & I redirected our early dinner group to Francesca's Forno. Straight off the Blue line, I've been eyeing this place out for quite a while. Upon entrance, we had the sweetest host who was incredibly jolly & directed our group to the table next to the... More 

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Additional Information about Francesca's Forno

Address: 1576 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622-2008
Phone Number: 773-770-0184
Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Northwest Side
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 15 - 20
Cuisine: Italian

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