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Francesca's Amici
Francesca's Amici

Francesca's Amici Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.miafrancesca.com
  • Email: amicicontact@miafrancesca.com
  • Phone: (630) 279-7970
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Tuesday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Wednesday & Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Scott Harris - Chef de Cuisine: Humberto Martinez
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Francesca’s Amici also offers private and semi-private dining rooms that can accommodate up to 100 guests for seated meals, and 125 guests for cocktail parties.
  • Private Party Contact: Nancy Gerenstein (630) 247-7747

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 2 blocks south of North Avenue
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Francesca's Amici
Francesca’s Amici opened in July 1999 and is the 6th restaurant in "The Family of Francesca Restaurants", bringing downtown Elmhurst a restaurant with a contemporary, casually sophisticated trattoria ambiance, good, rustic cooking, friendly service and fair prices. The menu features the zesty earthy cuisine of Rome and the surrounding areas of Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio. Located in the heart of downtown Elmhurst, the restaurant is centrally located to Downtown Chicago and the Western Suburbs. The design features a rolled-mesh ceiling, warm woods, colorful slate and geometric light fixtures. Striking black and white photographs of rural Italian life by Paul Elledge line the walls to create a comfortable, decidedly urban setting.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "We met friends here for dinner because it was a convenient meeting place for all of us. It is a typical Francesca restaurant, few surprises. Our Salad Francesca was good, our pastas were good, the pizza was good but I've had better at other Francesca's. Our server was nice too. Although I everything was nice nothing wowed us. I long for the days when one could vouch t on a really delicious meal at Francesca's. Everything now seems mass produced. It's a shame."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The food was all homemade and all awesome! Service was great and they serve both butter and EVOO with bread. Infused EVOO was out of this world, would love the recipe. Best restaurant in town!!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Francesca's Amici does not disappoint. We have tried and true favorites we always like to order (carpaccio!) but are always pleased when we branch out (spinach ravioli!). The service was especially good - water glasses filled, fast service but not rushed, very friendly."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "My husband and I enjoyed the ambiance and relaxed evening we had at Fracesca's. The food was delicious and our waitress was knowledgeable and attentive, but not bothersome. A perfect evening. Praise God!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Living on the South side, I'm familiar with the Francescas in Orland and a couple of others. Actually, I hadn't been impressed with the others, but was meeting a friend close to Elmhurst, had a gift card, so we went. My date had the same opinion of the chain, but the Elmhurst location is the Gem of the group - larger, more comfortable, better service, better bar. Definitely worth a trip"
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Food is up to the standards of the Francesca's chain, but the atmosphere was awful. The dining room was one big loud unpleasant experience. Go here if you have a group of 20 that intends to celebrate, otherwise stay in the front."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "My homemade spinach pasta with lamb Ragusa was delicious . I asked for extra sauce and they brought me a bowl of it. Service was outstanding."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "This is one of our favorite date night places! We like to go on Wednesday because of the $5 martini specials!!!"
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "Our experience at Francesca's was average. I have been to this location and other locations in the past and felt the food was better in the past. The room we were in was very loud and there was a table next to us that was very close to us. These people may have even worked for the restaurant. It was hard to have a conversation because we were constantly distracted by the people next to us. Overall the experience was fine, we will come back but make sure to ask not to sit so close to other tables."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Francesca Amici is on of our regular spots and they never fail to provide good fresh food, well prepared, with outstanding service. they have a solid, simple wine list that is rotated regularly. There is a great bar and is always lively."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Try the linguini, scallops, and spinach in a light tomato cream sauce. It is so good, it is worth the calories. The bread here is fabulous too. I didn't mention the attentive service, and the creative drinks. This place is the whole package."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Great food and service. We eat here often and find it's great whether we bring the kids or are just eating out as a couple. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "This was a great spot for a date night for my wife and me. The food was excellent and they had a great gluten free menu."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We split our Francesca's experiences between Elmhurst and Palos Park and after last night's meal, our stomach lies with Palos Park. Palos Park is well worth the drive. Very slow service in Elmhurst; we waited ten minutes for our waiter to come to the table. Our Bruschetta was never ordered and our waiter never checked if our meal was satisfactory. Kudos to Palos Park for always making our trip worth it!"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Pleasant, friendly atmosphere. Knowledgable server and good service."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We arrived right at our reservation time, and we were immediately seated. Our server gave us ample tie to review the menu and when we ordered, our food came promptly. Dinner was good, and there was no rushing us out on one of the busiest days of the year."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Food was great as usual, service was outstanding. Surprised that there was no special desert for Valentine's day."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We have been here several times. The service is always excellent and the food is very good. They have a scratch kitchen so you can change any dish to be prepared the way you like it. If you don't see exactly what you want on the menu, ask and chances are good that they can make it for you. Always a nice dining experience."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Francesca's is our go to place for a delicious Italian meal and a fun and lively atmosphere. The food was great as always and our server Sharon was friendly and accommodating. We love Francesca's Amici!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I love this place been here twice but I feel this time I was being rush is it because it was valentines day ..my wife and I were still eating and they saw my son didn't want to eat his food anymore which still a lot left on his plate and the lady and gentlemen came to us different time and ask us if we want to put his food for Togo and i said not yet it is kind of rude doing that and we are not even done eating .. Overall the food I ordered was shrimp Alfredo was good ..my wife her food wasn't so good the fettuccine chicken was not enough sauce kind of dry and my son carbonara wasn't that good either that's why he only had a little bit.. Service was fast , ambiance was nice."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The food is always quality and the portions are more than adequate. The only issue I have is we were seated in the same room as a large family party and the noise from them was over the top. Because this was the first time this has happened, I would be more picky my next visit about the seating."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "We love this restaurant. Food is always excellent and a nice atmosphere."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "This is one of my favorites places, because it's ALWAYS good."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "great food, friendly staff, and the menu changes regularly."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Last week I spent a week in Chicago on business. The guys at Champion Logistics in Northlake recommended this restaurant and I'm very glad I made the 8 mile trek. The Calamari starter had this wonderful sand-like batter coating and was delicious with just a squeeze of lemon, but amazing with the tomato and garlic sauce. My seafood pasta was so tasty and the pasta perfectly cooked - proper al dente. There are few restaurants where I come from in London, that know how to cook pasta like this. The seafood had real taste and was really fresh. Even though as an English guy I find American portions quite large, I managed to squeeze in the Green Apple Sorbet, which was outstanding! Just the right amount of sugar too, not too sweet! Service good!"
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Return frequently for the food and service with entire family"
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "I went here for my bday and it was great! The food was excellent and the service was even better. Our waitress Recommend an awesome sav blanc that paired well with what we ordered. Definately recommending this place to others. Wonderful experience. The place was looked nice on the inside was well. Lights were dimmed nicely in the front bar area. Can't wait to go there again."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "Another fine dinner by Francesca's. Dennis our server was excellent."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "Never had a bad meal at Francesca's and service and entire staff excellent. Food was great and we were treated extremely well. A place not to be missed on a regular basis."
    Dined on 1/13/2014
  • "We had family in from Florida. The are both foodies and one works in the food industry. They loved the food and had a great time. Thank you!"
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "excellent food...good location...service very attentive. Pork chops were seasoned to perfection. Deserves a return visit."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "While I'm told they have many Southern Italian dishes, I keep coming back to Francescas' because there are offerings from Northern Italy too, unlike most American Italian Restaurants. Of particular note is their pizza, which is just like the pizza I had while no Italy. They also have great Gluten-Free offerings, giving my wife a complete GF menu to order from, not just a list of dishes that she can leave ingredients out of to make them GF. Service at this visit was a bit poor, as we waited at least 20 minutes at the table before a server inquired if we helped yet. However, once we got service, it was good."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We enjoy going out to eat at Francesca's in Elmhurst. Great menu, great dining atmosphere, fabulous serving staff. There are good gluten free options here. We visited there for New Year's and had a different experience this time- poor seating location and taste of food. We will return because we like this restaurant a lot, but probably not for New Year's Eve."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "All of Francesca's are known for great food but this one treats you like family! We always feel welcomed and the staff is first rate! Tina the hostess is the best....always accommodating and helpful! This place is a total delight!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We waited until Sunday to make our New Years Eve reservation for 6, and we were able to be accommodated. Though crowded, we were seated right away, had a cocktail, a very good dinner, and a refreshing desert. We never felt rushed, the food was excellent, the staff very friendly and caring, as well as having a reasonable bill. Thanks to all working that evening, and we will be back, and share our experiences with all our friends."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Our most recent experience (New Year's Eve) was a bit rocky with the service, but as always, the food was good and we suspect they were just a bit overwhelmed with people who decided to stay local for the holiday due to weather. We've been to several of the Francesca's restaurants (Arlington Heights, Barrington, Elmhurst, etc.) and all have been reliably good. It's nice that they keep a good blend of favorites and specials on the menu, which keeps it interesting without being overwhelming. We've had pizzas, pastas, meat courses, salads, and appetizers - really haven't experienced a "dud." I typically go for the pasta, but on this most recent visit had the filet special and was pleased with the preparation."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We love Francesca's and are rarely disappointed. Last minute decision to go on New Year's Eve. Got a nice table in main dining room. I do not like the larger added on room, it does not have as nice of ambience, is loud and usually filled with families with kids. Our waitress has been there for years and was lovely and competent. Food was excellent as usual. A little rushed but it was New Year's Eve, so understandable."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "As an Elmhurst resident, I have been to Franchesca's many times. Every time we go, it is a wonderful experience. To start, the staff is charming - every one of them. I have yet to run across anyone in any function there that isn't polite and friendly. The servers are knowledgeable and helpful with recommendations and special requests. The food is always top notch and portions are generous - expect to take some food home with you! The ambiance is always pleasant - sometimes more energetic if the restaurant is busy, but never offputting. I simply can't say enough good about this restaurant!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "I guess I didn't know they have a separate limited lunch menu that's not reflected online. Was a bit disappointed at choices. Waiter was not too interested on us. Hosted was nice and bus boy worked hard. Food was ok. We will try again during dinner hours."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Good food though not outstanding. Excellent service. The receptionist could have been a lot more personable."
    Dined on 12/20/2013