Francesca's Vicinato
Francesca's Vicinato

Francesca's Vicinato

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.miafrancesca.com/static.asp?path=3115,3249
  • Phone: (708) 671-1600
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch:
    Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 4:00pm

    Dinner:
    Monday & Tuesday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
    Wednesday & Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
    Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:30pm
    Sunday : 4:30pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Wine Bar, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Mario Lopez
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Pick-up to full service catering options available.
  • Private Party Facilities: Francesca's Vicinato is the perfect place for showers, christenings, rehearsal dinners, and anniversary parties.
  • Private Party Contact: Lauren Walsh 7086711600x
  • Special Events: 3 rooms to choose from 20-250 guests for private dinning.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 131st St.
  • Public Transit: Pace bus stops at La Grange Road and 131st
    Metra station Palos Park 127th street and Orland Park 143rd street
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Ample parking with complimentary valet on Friday and Saturday nights.
A word from Francesca's Vicinato
Francesca’s Vicinato is the 12th addition to The Francesca's Restaurant Group. Open since July 2003, Francesca's Vicinato brings to Palos Park and the surrounding area a restaurant with a contemporary, casually sophisticated trattoria ambiance, good, simple cooking, friendly service and fair prices. The menu features the zesty earthy cuisine of Rome and the surrounding areas of Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio.

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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Francesca's Vicinato reviews from OpenTable diners
65 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (48)fit for foodies (24)special occasion (23)good for groups (17)great for lunch (11)notable wine list (11)romantic (9)kid-friendly (3)hot spot (3)great for brunch (3)great for outdoor dining (2)vibrant bar scene (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Outstanding Dining Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    For a number of years we've dined at Francesca's for our special occasions. Our recent visit was to celebrate our anniversary. As always the food was excellent and the wait-staff attentive and pleasant. Of particular notice, we'd like to thank Nikki (or Mickey), our host for making this latest experience notably exceptional.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday dining
    yum4mytum
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    First time at Francesca's Vicinato. Enjoyed my dinner and the dessert was outstanding. Would come back just for the dessert.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappoints
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Salmon is always spectacular. Usually the chain changes the additional ingredients, sometimes scallops, somtimes mussels, but the filet itself is always terrific.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A place to frequent
    Travelbug
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Eat here often and brought an out of town friend who loved it also. A favorite!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Michele
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    We have been coming here for many years and have never been disappointed. The food and staff are always excellent! The tiramisu for dessert was a great way to finish our meal. Yum!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great gluten free menu !
    Irishlass
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Service was outstanding as was the food Extensive gluten free menu.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Excellent Food!
    Royaltorch1
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    My friends and I meet every 3 months or so to catch up. We have been getting together now for about 20 years. We decided to stop restaurant shopping! Why go anywhere else? We know the food and service are consistently good here and the cosmos the best on the south side!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday dinner
    RichandMargie
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    I chose Francesca's Vicinato for my birthday dinner We were seated immediately in a good location and served warm bread and oil. The olive oil was herb infused and tasty. We ordered the butternut squash soup with garlic croutons and a salad. Both were generous portions I asked for extra croutons and was quickly brought a plate of them He ordered Pasta Carbonara which was delicious . It would have been better if they used linguini instead of spaghetti. But maybe that's a personal preference. I would ask for that next time. I had braised shorts ribs and creamy polenta. The polenta was very flavorful. The short ribs were not as tender as I expected. But very good. We finished with an apple sorbet which they put a candle in. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    Outstanding
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We had a wonderful experience. Had the best service I've ever experienced. Our server was outstanding, however, I'm terrible with names and forgot his! Will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great service and food
    Time2WineVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    I frequent this restaurant a lot. I love the ambiance in the main room, the service is always very good and their food offers great variety - from their pasta dishes, pizza, apps to the specials. This trip was the best by far. I brought a few friends to celebrate my Mom's birthday and the server made her feel special and brought the most amazing desert sampler to the table! I think I'll be going just for the wine and desserts now.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sandburg homecoming
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    we went for a pre-homecoming dinner, there were five in our group and the food and atmosphere was amazing
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    DamlakegirlVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Great meal as usual here. One if my favorite stops
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tight fit
    Jims
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    I felt the tables could have been spaced farther apart.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Franesca Vicinato
    KLeong
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    We have dined here numerous times. This time was a weekday night and not crowded. As usual good food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • mh
    mikie
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Good place to have a dinner date. Service is great and food was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    DamlakegirlVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Great food and kitchen handled food allergy needs without a problem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MargaJ
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Excellent waitress, very good food. Need a bigger room with sound barriers. Table at back not good
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • rg77VIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Hostess Monica is very personable and friendly. Busboy Dan was very good for his first week on the job.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ladies' Lunch Venue
    DinermeisterVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Had a very nice lunch with a friend. We split a Francesca's salad and the salmon entree both of which were the perfect size and SO delicious!!! The kitchen very kindly split both items for us so we didn't have to do that at the table. Worked out very well. It was a great place to chat and catch up with each other's news.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just perfect
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The food was outstanding and the service was outstanding. Thanks for a great meal.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gp74
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Great place. Will put on top five places for dining.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Enjoyable!
    Mrdubious
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    I am a fan of the Francesca chain of restaurants and have never been disappointed. Food service and ambiance are all wonderful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 43 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 448 reviews are from the Francesca's Vicinato reviews archive.
  • JOAN
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Our favorite neighborhood dining restaurant for any occasion.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love This Place!
    luv2dine
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Francesca's Vicinato is a lovely restaurant. The ambiance is very friendly, yet cozy and intimate. The bartenders make fabulous cocktails and the food is always wonderful and beautifully presented! One of my very favorite places!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    Mainone
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Food very good excellant service Had a great evening
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner with the Girls
    skpresents
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    I got together with friends for dinner and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Food was good and the bar is extensive. They even comped one friend's dinner because it was supposed to be lobster but they substituted with shrimp. When she questioned it, they apologized for not telling her in advance and then gave her her dinner for free. It did get rather loud by the end of dinner when the restaurant was full.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not enough staff for lunch!
    CstacyVIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    The food was good as always. But we felt terrible for our waiter who was working alone-I mean ALONE!! There was I other staff and there were 4 other tables! Just need more staff!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outdoor seating
    Juls49VIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Outdoor seating very nice but smokers should be asked to be away from outdoor dining area, very uncomfortable to try to sit and eat with smokers standing right next to you.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of our favorites
    josc
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We live in the area and have dined here many times. This was the first time that we were seated at the time of our reservation. The environment is okay; the tables are rather tight. You feel like you are dining with the next tables but the food is great! I love the atmosphere at their location in Little Italy; this is a store front with no particular charm other than the great food and the good service. Our server was good; the only negative was that they serve the food rather quickly. We prefer having some time between courses - to have a leisurely dinner. We had an appetizer, entrees, dessert and a bottle of wine in less than 1 hour. We told the server to go slow. We felt rushed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great spot
    muskiefam
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Very good all around - food and service were terrific.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • francesca's
    patidine1
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    dinner was just okay couldn't taste the fish too many other things on it. service was excellent
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Menu
    Pamh
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    I felt that the lunch menu is limited in selections available. Be back for dinner, probably not lunch .
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • frankVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The service by Juan was excellent. We appreciated his attention and suggestions throughout our meal.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Improved
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    I always give this restaurant a good review. I really like it. For some reason, it seemed even better this time around. My friend and I split (glad we did) the Insalata alla Francesca which was so fresh and awesome. She wanted the tilapia sandwich which they were out of. She got the salmon instead & loved it. I got the pizza of the day which was a mushroom pizza to which I had them add sausage. It was really good. I got a glass of the house sangiovese (sp?) and we both had tea. All in all, a very pleasant experience and I plan to return.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • brother & sister night out
    niteout
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    My family consists of working brother & sisters & one retiree.It was so nice to have a night out together to just catch up.We are all getting older.Discussions on health,vacations & finance was discussed & because the resturant was quiet busy but the noise level was quiet we could talk & not yell to one another we got a lot discussed & had a great time.Our waitress was great;one of us had been to the resturant several time the others it was a first.She was patient & when ready to order very helpful & positive.I want to Thank Michelle for such great service & my brother before we left took information o having a small private party for his wife's birthday.I felt our night out was a great success.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • let's get started...
    8stan8
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    had a 2:00pm reservation for mother's day..got to the restaurant a little early. was seated at 1:53p.m.; server (juan) was outstanding.food was very good. real nice dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner with friends
    judy
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    I ate here a few weeks ago and have been dreaming about the most wonderful chicken dish I had (slightly breaded, in lemon butter sauce over spinach). When I went there this time, it wasn't on the menu, but they happily made it for me since I requested it. Wow! That was great! I had been bragging about it to the friends we were taking this time. Thank you. It was just as wonderful the second time.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Juls49VIP
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    The wait staff was excellent but the host on this particular night (not the usual host) was rude and seemed disinterested in my table request (booth), as he informed me he had a large party coming in. My husband and I were placed at a very small table (not even fit for two), inconvenient at best if more than two glasses and two plates are on the table. The rudeness of the host was the worst however as I dine here almost weekly.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Chosen to celebrate our anniversary
    SergioFiorini
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    I chose the restaurant to surprise my wife on our anniversary. Not only did we enjoy the food, but also the wine recommended by our waitress (Hall, Merlot 2010) was excellent as well. Attentive and very competent service which met and anticipated our every wish, was superb, without being intrusive. Our deserts were a wonderful finale. Being Italian, I would certainly be remiss were I to not mention two items - one intangible, one very culinary - which began our very enjoyable evening meal - the hostess addressed us by name as we entered - a superb personal touch which certainly was impressive and welcoming .... and of course, the wonderful, fresh hot bread, with an excellent dipping oil and cheese - ahhhhhhh è bellissimo!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Easter Delight
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    While we were initially disappointed that the restaurant did not offer Easter brunch, we found the special menu and regular menu more than enough to make our Easter dining special. The staff was friendly and helpful, we enjoyed a leisurely meal that started with appetizers and finished with desert. Even the drinks hit the spot.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet