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Francesca's Vicinato
Francesca's Vicinato

Francesca's Vicinato Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.miafrancesca.com
  • Phone: (708) 671-1600
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday & Tuesday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm, Wednesday & Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 3:00pm - 10:30pm, Sunday : 4:30pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Scott Harris - Chef de Cuisine Mario Lopez
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: pick-up to full service
  • Private Party Facilities: Francesca's Vicinato is the perfect place for showers, christenings, rehearsal dinners, and anniversary parties.
  • Private Party Contact: Lauren Walsh (708) 671-1600
  • Entertainment: Mondays- Kids Eat Free
    Tuesdays- 5-course dinner 24.99
    Wednesdays- Half off all bottles of wine
    Thursday- $5 dollar martini's
    Sundays- Restaurant Hospitality night 25% off entire bill
  • Special Events & Promotions: 3 rooms to choose from 20-250 guests for private dinning

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 131st St.
  • Public Transit: Pace bus stops at Lagrange 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 restaurant in "The Family of Francesca Restaurants." 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.

The menu changes almost daily, but always offers a tempting selection of appetizers, salads, pasta dishes, fresh fish, veal and chicken preparations. Their extensive wine list includes carefully selected Italian and Californian wines that will complement your meal perfectly.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Very good all around - food and service were terrific."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "dinner was just okay couldn't taste the fish too many other things on it. service was excellent"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I felt that the lunch menu is limited in selections available. Be back for dinner, probably not lunch ."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "The service by Juan was excellent. We appreciated his attention and suggestions throughout our meal."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "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! "
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "I made my reservation for 7:00 pm. I arrived around 6:45 pm. I only waited for about 5 minutes before being seated. The server, who was also our bartender, was very helpful and nice. We ordered a couple of appetizers and drinks. Everything came out in a timely manner (less than 20 minutes) and was delicious! I would definitely recommend this place to a friend and would return for another meal."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We took my 13 year old to Francesca's for her birthday dinner. She had never been there before but we had. She loved the food. I had noted on my reservation through open table that we were celebrating her birthday. Our waiter was great throughout our meal and after we were done dinner he brought out a birthday dessert for her. She was so suprised. She has a memorable evening and left overs to take home and enjoy :)"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Everything was great except one small thing. I mentioned in the reservation and when we got there it was a birthday. There was no mention of it or anything special for it."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "We visited this restaurant to celebrate my Wife's birthday. Food and service were excellent. Good portions and reasonable prices. We ended up taking leftovers home. The staff went out of their way to help make our visit memorable. We will definitely be back."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "We have dined frequently at Francesca's and have always enjoyed the experience. There is little doubt that Francesca's offers one of the best choices in the southwest suburbs, especially in their price range. Diners should be prepared for the generous portions at Francesca's."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "We always come here when we have a date night. It's close to home, and the food is delicious. We love this location. I must add again, the food is delicious! The staff is very knowledgeable about the menu and always makes good suggestions or make any changes to a menu item that we have. This time we dined with a great friend of our and she enjoyed her meal as well and wanted to know when we were going back again! See you all real soon."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Francesca's is a great place for the ladies of my extended family to gather for our periodic get together. The food is wonderful. The location is perfect and the restaurant staff was fabulous!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "I am a frequent diner at Francesca's in Palos Park. Always great food and good service. Would recommend to anyone that likes Italian food."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Daily special grouper was served a little overcooked, but was still tasty and enjoyable."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "This visit was for a wine dinner, and every course was very tasty and paired with wines very nicely. The price for a wine dinner was extremely reasonable, and they were more than generous with the wine pourings. The jazz musicians added to the ambience. We come fairly often to this Francesca's and are never disappointed with food, from casual to the more special dishes. They have numerous specials weekly and for various times of the year. Everyone on the staff is cheerful and helpful, and they are very attentive to what is wanted and needed. Sauces and seasonings are always excellent, and food is cooked perfectly."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "We tried the restaurant one more time. It gets worse every time we go. Never again. The food was bad , the service poor"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Part of a small, but successful restaurant chain (approximately 20 other Francesca's around the Chicagoland area) , this is a very good, reliable "neighborhood" restaurant. It can get a bit noisy when all the tables are full. This restaurant is tucked away in a small "strip mall", so they have added more tables per square foot than a few of the newer free-standing Francesca's, so it can feel just a bit crowded at the busiest times. Most servings are generously large, with opportunity to take a nice portion home for a delicious later snack or next day's meal."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "This was the first time I have eaten there. The price is reasonable, service was spectacular and the food was great."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "we decided to eat in the bar area and this guy ruined the night by making us feel bad because we didn't order the wine he was pushing (expensive) and kept trying to upsell us on everything way past the point of our comfort level"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "The food and service was very good. The gluten free menu had a great variety of choices, even for desert."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "I dined on a Tuesday night and service was extremely slow."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "Yes, it was Valentine's weekend, and we expected it to be busy. We just didn't expect it to be so loud. We were seated next to a family of 8, and the 2 youngest ones screamed throughout their meal. Fortunately, the pasta with Bolognese and salmon with spinach and lentils entrees were delicious and helped make the meal bearable. The 2 glasses of wine didn't hurt either :)"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Vicinato is a great restaurant and this was my first time here and it was Valentines Day. My date and I enjoyed great food and would return with no problem whatsoever."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "MY FILET WAS FABULOUS WITH THE SPINACH AND MUSHROOMS WITH WINE SAUCE"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "i thought we would have to wait but they sat us right down on one of the busiest nights of the year. the service was excellent. Their mussels area must."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Francesca's used to be my favorite restaurant, but it has steadily gone down hill. We ordered salad and soup and received our entrees without ever receiving the soup or salad. Entrees were just ok. Flavors were not nearly as good as they used to be and seemed too salty. Overall, disappointing for price paid."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "First let me say that in the past the service has always been excellent. Must have been an off night. It wasn't the service was horrible we just kept having to wait and ask " more bread please more cheese please more coffee please" etc. The speed of the food coming out was fine. Now as far as the food goes I'm a frequent diner and as always 5 stars!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "It was valentines day so I understand that it's one of the busiest nights of the year - however - we had a reservation for 8:30, showed up 10 minutes early, didn't get seated until about 8:50 or so. My girlfriend and I had to stand the entire time, in the line of server traffic as there was no waiting area. The rooms were packed and the seating was VERY close together so there wasn't much of a romantic ambience (or ambiance?) - felt sorry for other couples. We DID luck out and get a 4 person table all to ourselves though so that was nice. Great food, would definitely go back on a night where it's not packed wall to wall. Didn't have to wait too long for drinks/food/or check. Wish I could remember our servers name to give him a shout out."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Fantastic. Have been there numerous times and this was the best yet. Veal shank and sea bass were great."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "My wife and I love Italian food. While the restaurant was very crowded we were seated only waiting about 30 minutes after our reservation time. There is not much space for waiting so we had to make due with what was available. The Tiramasu was yummy!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Service and food were excellent and timely!!! Would definitely come back again."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Food was exceptional. Service was friendly and helpful. Best mussels marinara I've ever had! Only downside, we arrived at 7pm for our 7p reservation, we were seated at 8 p."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Dinner was wonderful and service was great. Happy to be out dining and not shoveling. This restaurant never fails."
    Dined on 2/8/2014