Francesca's Passaggio
Francesca's Passaggio

Francesca's Passaggio

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.miafrancesca.com/static.asp?path=3115,3262
  • Phone: 6309460600x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch:
    Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 4:00pm

    Dinner:
    Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
    Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Wine Bar, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Luis Acosta
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Francesca’s Passaggio offers a full catering menu for your next party. Available for pick up or delivery. Delivery charges apply.
  • Private Party Facilities: The private room is ideal for corporate or social functions and can accommodate up to 45 guests. The private room has lofty ceilings, floor to ceiling windows and French doors leading to the main dining room and patio area.
    Saturday and Sunday afternoons are also available for private events in the main dining room. Francesca's Passaggio's main dining room can accommodate up to 110 guests for seated dining and up to 150 guests for cocktail parties.
  • Private Party Contact: Amy Harrison (630)352-8963x
  • Entertainment: Live entertainment Thursday nights.
  • Special Events: For Private Parties or Special Events please contact Amy Harrison at (630)352-8963

Getting there

  • Cross Street: IL-59 and 95th street
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Francesca's Passaggio
Francesca’s Passaggio is the 14th addition to The Francesca's Restaurant Group. Francesca’s Passaggio features the traditional Francesca’s concept of zesty, earthy cuisine from Rome and the surrounding areas of Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio. Francesca’s Passaggio encourages the lively art of dining with a contemporary, casually sophisticated trattoria ambiance, simple rustic cooking, friendly service and fair prices.

About The Francesca’s Restaurant Group: Founded in 1992 by Restaurateur Scott Harris, Francesca’s Restaurant Group has grown from a small, welcoming Italian restaurant on Chicago’s North Clark Street to a restaurant group of three concepts across 33 locations and four states. Based in Chicago, Francesca’s Restaurant Group currently owns and operates 23 Francesca’s Restaurants, five Davanti Enoteca, and five Glazed and Infused locations.
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Francesca's Passaggio reviews from OpenTable diners
71 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (27)special occasion (24)fit for foodies (23)great for outdoor dining (19)good for groups (13)notable wine list (12)kid-friendly (12)great for lunch (11)romantic (8)late-night find (3)hot spot (3)vibrant bar scene (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Consistent Excellence
    Larry
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    It is difficult to come up with a fresh review of Francesca's Passaggio. The food quality is consistently excellent with an always attentive staff. This time was no different. My salmon dish was cooked to perfection. The other two parties were equally pleased with their meal. This is our favorite Italian restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our favorite local Italian joint
    jracingbean
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    My wife and I really enjoy Francesca's, it's our favorite local Italian joint. Of note they have seasonal dishes that are really good, and give you inspiration to try at home. Great food and service, highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Francessa Passagio Tuesday Nights
    Mike
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Special three course dining menu for $25 on Tuesday's is outstanding. Awesome grouper dish this last week.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Portions and menu choices small
    Lisa
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    I felt that the menu was not very extensive and I would have enjoyed more choices on the menu. I had the grouper which was delicious. However the portion was small. If my fiance had ordered it, it definitely would not have been enough for him. It needed to be served with a starch or a vegetable. Also, with the prices of the entrees, soup or salad should be included with the meal. We ended up eating two loaves of bread because we were still hungry from our meal. On a better note, the service was outstanding. I enjoyed the fact that she told us her suggestions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • HappyVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Good food, wine and service. What more could you ask for.Look forward to returning.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pork tenderloin special really was!
    GMO1976
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The pork tenderloin was very good - tender and moist with a wonderful sauce. It would be great if it became a regular menu item.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never disappointed.
    LuannC
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We haven't dined at Fracesca's Passaggio in a while, but we were happy to be back, as every dish we had including the desserts were delicious. I especially enjoyed my pork tenderloin served with a grilled peach in a peach balsamic sauce, over mashed potatoes. Very good and fresh tasting! Also were able to enjoy dinner on their lovely patio before the weather changes and it closes for the season. I promise we won't wait as long to go back again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely evening!
    H123
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Food was excellent, as was the service, and we really enjoyed the band on the patio. Lovely evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Noisier than expected
    Gort16
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We booked a reservation for 6:00 on a Saturday evening and were surprised at the number of (noisy) children. I think they need to work on their acoustics but when several key tables left, there was a clear change in the noise level. An extra glass of wine was ordered but never made it to the table, it did however make it to the bill which was changed without question when pointed out.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • HMMMMVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Dinners were not up to the usual standard for the first time in dining here many times over the years. This was the first time disappointment with the food. Service was outstanding as always.
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  • Map Directions An Issue
    OpenTable Diner Since 2000VIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Unfortunately Open Table uses the Apple Maps app as its default. The location of Francesca's Passaggio is not accurate in that application. This was my first visit to this location. Using the Open Table directions I spent 20 minutes trying to find the restaurant. Finally I called the individual I was meeting, who had already arrived, and had endured the same fate, was able to provide the needed directions. Once I arrived, the food and service fully met my expectations for a Francesca's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food & Music on the Patio
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Almost a perfect evening. Lovely weather, great service, and a trio with a vocalist that didn't have to prove how strong her voice was. Great to be able to sit and have a conversation without shouting and still have delightful music to accompany one's dinner. Salmon Fresca was perfect as always, a dish I will never pass up. Good job Francescas.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ALWAYS a great meal...
    MelkVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    While we have been to most of the Francesca's the one on Rt 59 is our favorite and it's the most convenient for us too. Consistently great food, great specials on wine, etc and still menu surprises like the amazing swordfish we had this week.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place
    BelPaul
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We live fairly close to Francesca's but had never gone there. Well after eating there we regretted not having gone sooner. It has great food, nice ambiance, and a friendly and attentive staff.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Menu Underwhelming
    cpidon
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Bad night I guess - 1 sliced steak entree, 2 chicken and 4 fish - party of 6 - no one was impressed with menu choices or quality/taste of orders.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Horrible service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The waiter had no clue. We asked for a drink and he said that they didn't have it. We told him that they did. He said he would have to ask the chef. He had no clue it was a drink. It took over 2 hours to finally leave the place. We waited over 5 minutes to even have the server come to our table and then 15 minutes for him to pick up the check. The server really ruined our dining experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Alway good!
    DonnaVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    This is our go to place in town, food and service are alwYs good.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing at best
    R2G2
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    I ordered a menu item that said it was served on fettuccini. I asked the waiter if I could get the item served over angel hair pasta instead and was told they do not have angel hair. I said OK, how about regular spaghetti, and was told they don't have that either. WHAAAT?? If I want to change the pasta on a menu item at Joe's Bar & Grill and am told they have neither angel hair nor spaghetti, OH WELL, that's the price you pay for eating at Joe's Bar & Grill.....but at Francesca's ITALIAN restaurant...???? Francesca's management may want to rethink their inventory reduction policy when it comes to pasta items. Not our best experience at Francesca's.
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  • Great Food & Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Highly recommend this restaurant for food and service. Plenty of free parking.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • gluten free pasta.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    The gluten free pasta made me feel like I was eating real pasta. So fresh with a great taste. The bread came out super warm. Loved my meal!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 51 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 565 reviews are from the Francesca's Passaggio reviews archive.
  • father's day late lunch
    GusGus
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Had a great time with my dad who is in his 70 for fathers day.. which also happened to be the day before my parents 50th anniversary. Very pleasant meal for everyone.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good Restaurant
    Nekaron
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    This is a pretty good restaurant. I was a little thrown off by the hand written menus. My only complaint is that the table for 2 that we were given was sandwiched between two other tables, along the wall with a long booth-type seat. It was not very romantic, in my opinion. The service was great and our waitress, as well as every employee we encountered, was very nice.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gluten Free-got pistachio ice cream
    Averc
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Our server told us he was in training, but I never saw anyone train or help him other than the Busser (I worked in the bar/restaurant field as a young person at fine dining restaurants). I ordered their special, which was a salad, an entree, and a dessert for almost $25. It was a great deal! I got the Salmon Pesce del Giorno (Salmon with wild mushrooms, tomatoes, spinach and herbs). I also ordered a $10 cocktail (Vodka and pomegranate syrup, lemon Juice= AMAZING) that was actually worth it. The food was excellent. My husband got a chicken and potato dish (IDK the name). For dessert I ordered galetto (Neopolaton) and got some pistachio, which I was told was not gluten-free. My whole point of ordering gluten free. Be more careful!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Big $$ for little food
    2dakotakids
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    I ordered one of their specials, a basil linguine with shrimp, scallops, potatoes and string beans. As the meal did not include a salad or soup, I also ordered the caesar salad a la carte to share. For $17.00, I was expecting a dish that would be generous with shrimp, scallops and veggies. Instead, I received a bowl heavy with linguine and very skimpy with the featured components. I counted 3 medium-sized shrimp (tail on and difficult to eat neatly), 3 nickel-sized scallops, the equivalent of 5 skinny string beans cut in half, and perhaps a petite potato diced into small pieces. It was disappointing, and I left feeling I had spent big money for essentially a box of pasta.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Convenient location, great food
    RavioliNut
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Not having been to this Francesca's location in a while, I took my in-laws and son here for dinner on a Saturday night, hoping the food would be as good as I remembered it. It was delicious, and exceeded our expectations. The service was attentive and friendly, and they had a kid's menu. Everyone enjoyed their entrees. Especially good were the calamari (appetizer) and the potato soup with bacon. Highly recommended if you're looking for a nice place to enjoy some good Italian and don't want to drive very far.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Slipping
    luvourlife
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    The Francesca's local chain is one of our favorites. Usually a great experience. Something was off this visit. Reservations for two were made, yet they tried to seat us in the bar at high tables. We asked about outdoors, and they offered to let us look. There were no less than 3 tables available as we walked...which was news to the maitre'd. Finally seated. The waiter was pleasant, but new and very unfamiliar with the wine list. Offered a taste for bottle service, then of course was unable to fulfill that but nobody came that could discuss the wine. Appetizers and salad came at about the same time....30 min after we ordered. They did an admirable job trying to compensate by offering dessert. Not our typical experience at Francesca's.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nothing special
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    We've been several times with our boys, since La Sorella is not appropriate for children. This last time made us realize this place is nothing special. We had a reservation and requested the patio. We were told the patio is first come/first served. However, there was a table for 12 that was 'reserved' and remained empty our entire meal. 3 teenaged hostesses were not experienced enough for a Friday night crowd. We witnessed several disrespectful patrons - one family not even speaking to each other but allowing their children to literally run in circles around their table in the center of the dining room. The food is always just a below our quality of their sister restaurant; not worth going back to.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unfortunate dissatisfaction
    Edvinas13
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    I went to Francesca's a couple nights ago for my 21st birthday. It's a higher end restaurant so it fit the occasion. The environment was great, typical Italian atmosphere. And as usual, they served pasta dishes. I had a dish that had this delicious roasted chicken and then spaghetti that seemed to be 3 days old and just microwaved. Honestly I would expect better for an Italian restaurant. My mothers meal was also the same, as if the meal had been sitting in the fridge all day. Not fresh at all. I'm very dissappointed in the restaurant. It's Italian, any noodle product should be fresh and delicious, not old, hard and dry. It was a very unpleasant visit for me, especially for my birthday.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    The food at the Francesco's restaurants is always terrific. The bruschetta is something that I always look forward to as a starter.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • nice
    tahoe
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Nice restaurant; good food. Not overly crowded for a Saturday night
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No interaction
    RichierichVIP
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Our experience was less than expected. We went to the bar before dinner and the bartender acted more like a bar back there were specials on but we were not informed. We had a great table our server told us the specials and gave us some time when we ordered he then informed us the special he told us about was no longer available "to bad you missed it" after that he was a mistery server than a Lady came by and asked how our dinner was . I am not share who she was . A disappointment Richard Misiorowski
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Outstanding food! And Outstanding service from Sheila and Monica they make a great team!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect for Celebrating!
    HappyGraduationMom
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We were at Francesca's Passaggio on a Saturday afternoon after our son's graduation. It was perfect! The food, the staff, the drinks, the service…. everything was just wonderful. We eat there about once every three months and knew it would suit us for this occasion. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Reliable Italian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Francesca's has made a name for itself in the Chicago area by serving excellent, reliably good Italian food at its numerous locations. I can't say that I've ever had anything that was bad at any of their locations. My waitress this particular evening was a bit slow and seemed to be distracted by talking to one particular table. However, I have not typically had any problems with the staff any other time.
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  • Reliable
    jcboogersVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Been here many times and have never had a bad meal. Menu changes intermittently. Great variety of pasta, seafood, chicken and veal. Great appetizers especially the carpaccio and bruschetta.
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  • What happened?
    IkoaikoVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We were seated late for our reservation. Asked for a table away from kitchen we were seated near it anyway. While waiting had a blah cocktail served in a warm glass by an indifferent bartender. Server was pleasant but overwhelmed. Ordered the risotto which is usually delicious and it was inedible. Entrees were just ok. The place was loud, crowded, and it just seemed nobody cared. I have enjoyed Francesca's in the past but if this is the new normal, no thanks. The restaurant is looking tired too. Somebody needs to come in and take a hard look at things on every level.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food
    JFKDINER
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    This is a very good local restaurant. Enjoyed the outside dining.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not a great night
    Awkward
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    The mood changed in the middle of service. The man with his son behind us lost control of his temper and yelled profanity at our waitress and scolded her for insulting his son, and something to do with the length of time they waited. I'm not even sure what the issue was. They stormed out as she followed. They continued at the entrance. My chair was pushed and bumped as they argued on the way out. We were very uncomfortable. My to go order came out barely warm and not hot due to all the excitement. Our waitress was very kind, and brought out a birthday treat for my friend beforehand as we waited for my order, but the incident truly made us uncomfortable. We may have waited an xtra 30mins to leave because the staff was so distracted.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • trishVIP
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    Sea bass came out cold. Took it back but and reheated which was not really that great. Really disappointed.
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  • It's all about service
    Pastalover
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Food is always good but service here and their Jefferson st address has been poor last 2 times. Delayed service, excuses and not welcoming.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.