This place is the Capital Grille of Italian Restaurants - overpriced, mediocre service, and not worth going to unless you are on someone else's expense account. Comparing it with the Italian Restaurants I go to, there is no comparison. Tuscany's in OakBrook is much better as well as Mandile's in Algonquin.
At least at Mandile's, you get a salad and side potatoes with your main entree. Mandile's veal dishes are excellent and less expensive.
At Francesca's, you get nothing, save for some bread. So why is it $29.99 for a veal dish? Wife had the veal and had to send it back because it was too rare. It came back good - but who makes veal that rare to begin with? I had the Halibut and it was good - but not for $26.99. Again, how much would it be to put on some Vesuvio potatoes and a side salad? Overpriced!
We came in about 5:55PM and were seated at a bad table up facing the wall, so we changed tables (there was no reservations sign on the table we sat at). Then one of the servers said this table was reserved for 7PM. I said we would be done by then, and we placed our order.
Special priced Martini was $5 but was filled about 1/2 inch below the tip of the glass. I guess they did not mix enough liquor because other Martini drinks were coming off the bar filled to the top. So call Bar Rescue for them to learn how to make a full drink. My wife's Chardonnay was good and was $8.
We ate our main entree and left. No coffee or dessert because we did not want to go over our $100 Gift certificate, but more importantly, we wanted to make sure they got their precious little table back before 7PM. We left it was about 6:33PM so they lost money on their overpriced coffee and dessert because we did not have any.
As for coming back? They won't have to worry about the table as it will be empty as far as we are concerned. Bill was $81 and we left the whole $100 gift certificate. I would not go back.
Atmosphere reminded me of eating on a train car. Very narrow space with tables stacked up on oneanother with all the noise coming constantly off the bar. Ambiance for the money? ZERO.
Put in some acoustical tiles to muffle the noise.
Was here five years ago with my lawyer and we thought it was overpriced back then. I swore I would never come back, but decided to go because I received this Gift Certificate. My verdict - stay away, there are other places that offer just as great, if not better food, with more ambiance, service, and actual food on the plate.
Good Italian Restaurant? Maybe, if you're Irish.
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