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Francesca's on Taylor

1400 W. Taylor St.
Chicago, IL 60607
Rating: Classic


This venerable Taylor Street institution—known for its handwritten menus—continues to dish up hulking portions of beloved Italian staples at reasonable prices. While most of the menu sounds familiar—fried calamari, veggie risottos, and cutlets of veal tenderloin—the specials list occasionally offers a colorful surprise, perhaps a bell-pepper-smothered pork chop or a salmon fillet paired with a creamy leek sauce. The pasta options feel dated, but the wines remain as affordable as ever. Friendly service. (See miafrancesca.com for all locations.)

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Dishes We Liked

Fried calamari ($9.99); roasted salmon with wild mushrooms, fresh tomatoes, and leek cream sauce ($25.99); roasted pork chop with peppers, red onions, wild mushrooms, garlic, white wine, and olive oil ($23.99); chocolate chip cookie dough turtle pie ($7.99)

Additional Information:

Rating: Classic
Price: $20-$29
Cuisine: Italian
Neighborhood: Little Italy
Noteworthy: Child friendly
High noise level
Telephone reservations
Wheelchair accessible
Hours: L Mon-Sat, D nightly.
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