I lived in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood when the first Francesca's opened there in the 80s, and that restaurant helped launch a culinary renaissance in Chi-town. It wasn't long before it was the "in" spot with hours-long waits to see and be seen. The food was always basic but super fresh and authentic. When this outlet opened in the burbs, it matched the quality but then it fell away for a while. I returned for dinner recently and it seems to have regained its form. I happened to walk in on National Ravioli Day and they featured three kinds for only $6 per plate. The first plate was very good so I got a second to go. The Chicken Fiorentina was great, extremely moist, tender and juicy. The spinach side was fresh and perfectly wilted and seasoned. The caprese salad was excellent; wish I knew where they got ripe fresh tomatoes in the dead of winter. The service was attentive and well paced. For the salad, two raviolis and a chicken dish I paid $39 + tax and tip. Once again this restaurant is on my must list when in the burbs.
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