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Certificate of Excellence2016 - 2019 Winner


Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
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meals, features


Hole in the Wall Salad (Large / Small)
Greens with Tomato, Onion, Cucumber, Red Onion, Salami, Pepperoni, Provolone Cheese and Olives in our signature Italian Vinaigrette
Roasted Peppers or Artichoke Hearts
Dinner Salad
Greens with Tomato, Onions, Cucumbers and Olives in our signature Italian Vinaigrette
Spinach Bread
Six slices with Spinach and Mozzarella baked throughout
Baked Clams
A half dozen breaded Clams
Baked Mozzarella
Two squares of Mozzarella topped with Marinara Sauce
Pizza Margherita
Spaghetti Marinara
Meatballs, Sausage, Veal Meatballs
Baked Rigatoni
Pasta baked with Ricotta, Mozzarella in Bolognese Sauce
Pasta Pavarotti
Tri-colored Pasta rolled with Broccoli, Carrots, Spinach and Ricotta Cheese in Marinara Sauce
Cheese Ravioli
Baked in Marinara with Mozzarella. Meat or Half & Half
Two Large Ricotta & Spinach filled Ravioli baked with Mozzarella in Bolognese Sauce
Capellini Putanesca
Angel Hair Pasta in a Spicy Red Sauce
Chicken Tortelloni Pasta
Chicken & Cheese stuffed Pasta baked with Mozzarella & Bolognese Sauce
with Wild Mushrooms in Marinara Sauce
with Broccoli & Shrimp in Roasted Garlic Sauce
Chicken Vesuvio
Vesuvio Potatoes
Eggplant Parmigiana
Sautéed Eggplant baked with Marinara & Mozzarella
Eggplant Ricotta
Sautéed Eggplant baked with Marinara & Ricotta
Sausage & Peppers
in Marinara Sauce
Mostacioli Chicken Bolognese
Chicken Parmigiana
Baked with Mozzarella Cheese and Marinara Sauce with Penne Pasta
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Reviewed March 9, 2020

went to dinner with my wife. she was 10 minutes behind me from her job. they wouldn’t seat me until she was there but sat a party of six with only one person there and others without a complete table. told me it was their...More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed February 18, 2020 via mobile

I love restaurants like this that are so tucked away and friendly to both regular and new customers alike. Highlights of my meal included no individual menus, a very efficient server, and a very tasty pasta and salad dinner. Would definitely return!

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed February 1, 2020 via mobile

Hole in the wall is always so consistent. Went there last night for dinner and would go back again tonight. Food always taste fresh and menu changes all the time but beware get there early or late as it is very small and always busy...More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed December 27, 2019 via mobile

Worth the wait. Our family is visiting family in Illinois and we had a free night to go out. We are so glad we picked Francesco’s, we waited about 45 minutes which we were expecting. The place is small but the food was amazing. We...More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed December 22, 2019

This terrific restaurant is tiny (hence the name) and seems to fill up soon after it opens at 4:00, and no reservations are taken. Seems that "seating" is in about 90minute rotations. There is very little space to wait, but waiting for a seat is...More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed December 12, 2019 via mobile

This is a small Italian restaurant that has great food, great service and a great ambiance. We had to wait a while for a table, they don’t take reservations, but it was worth it. They didn’t rush us even though people were waiting. Check it...More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed December 1, 2019

so the tables are VERY close together. You will be bumped and jostled. The food is very good and the service (of necessity) is quick and efficient. A blackboard at the end of the room is the only menu. If you're not claustrophobic and you...More

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed November 23, 2019

I had a lunch there. The waitress was so rude.Worst service I have ever had . Her attitude is like: order, eat and get out!

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed November 6, 2019

The restaurant was packed on a weekday lunch. Tables were arranged too close to each other. The grilled calamari with octopus we ordered was good but had quite a number of charred/burnt tentacles that tasted bitter. We also had lobster ravioli which was good but...More

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed November 5, 2019 via mobile

There is no match in the northern suburbs for an authentic Italian meal in a family atmosphere. The menu is crafted daily and the food is always superb with friendly excellent service to match.

Date of visit: August 2019
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Response from dsteiner | Reviewed this property |
I'm not sure if you mean Gurnee (my location) or Francesca's. Gurnee is about 2 hours from the Drury Lane Theater. Gurnee is less than 10 minutes from the WI border and less than an hour from Milwaukee where there are... More
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