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Francesca's Forno

1576 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622-2008 (Wicker Park / Bucktown)
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Ranked #930 of 8,283 restaurants in Chicago
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Price range: $15 - $20
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Wicker Park / Bucktown
Cross street: Damen/Milwaukee/North
Transit: Located just steps from the Blue Line at the Damen Avenue Stop
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25 reviews from our community

76% Recommend
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Date | Rating
  • English first
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English first
Top Contributor
70 reviews 70 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

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
17 reviews 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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27 reviews 27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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Top Contributor
87 reviews 87 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
109 helpful votes 109 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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Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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40 reviews 40 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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Aurora, Colorado
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36 reviews 36 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013 via mobile

Found the place by chance and can nothing than recommend it! Very, very good thin crust! Had the Diavolo topping and it was really spicy! Friendly and fast service.

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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

WE went for our friends 50th birthday and had an amazing dinner! Our waiter Glenn was perfect! Loved it so much we are going back this weekend. Best fish I think I've ever had!

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Houston, Texas
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50 reviews 50 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013

We enjoyed grabbing some drinks and brunch at this place. We had a donut sampler which i was just gaga about. They actually get the donuts from Glazed + Infused so maybe i should be reviewing them … they were AMAZING. We did have a problem with service here. On everything we ordered, i'm pretty sure our server consistently forgot... More

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Top Contributor
181 reviews 181 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

Pasta was very fresh with delicious tomato sauce. I'd highly recommend the cavatelli with mozzarella. That alone would make me go back for lunch or dinner. The portion size was perfect and presentation was good. The garbage salad was huge and very filling. It had a bit too much dressing for our tastes though. We went for a second visit... More

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