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“Great food!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Francesco's Hole In The Wall

Francesco's Hole In The Wall
Ranked #4 of 119 Restaurants in Northbrook
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $30
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Chicago, Illinois
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1,184 reviews
433 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 337 helpful votes
“Great food!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 21, 2013

My absolute favorite place anywhere for chicken vesuvio and tiramisu. None better. Place is small, tables are close together but the food is terrific. Ambiance not so great.

Visited June 2013
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tokyo
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48 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Time to pack it in”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 17, 2013

I first ate at the Hole in the Wall in 1986 when my parents moved to the area. It is solid enough at the time and my family and continued going there for next 10 years or so, but stopped as the options for Italian improved on the Northshore. My father requested that we go there and did so. I suppose the only people who could like this place compare it to the Olive Garden or something equally vile. The salad was fine, but the pasta and other dishes were overpriced and dull. My ravioli was watery and my father's lasagna was huge, but essentially Stouffers. The desert options were strange American cakes. For throughly Americanized Italian in a totally cramped space, this is your place.

  • Visited April 2013
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Schaumburg, Illinois, United States
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44 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“For years wonderful place to dine.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 21, 2013

The veal chop in lemon sauce was OUTSTANDING! The ambiance is quaint European. The service is excellent. Fun dining.

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“This is the place to eat!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2013

I'm from Brooklyn living in Chicago. I am very homesick and was looking for a place that would be like back home. This is it! From the personal greeting at the door to the amazing homemade food served at your table as fresh as can be! I make it here every month once a month because I live 1 hour and a half away from here! This is it I found the best place be t to home in Illinois!

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Lake Forest, IL
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235 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 186 helpful votes
“The best !”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2013

Great food on the cheap! Limited space parking lot! Get there early and bring cash! No credit cards. Worth the hassle. A local dining institution!

Visited December 2012
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