Franchesco's
Franchesco's

Franchesco's

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.franchescos.com/
  • Phone: 8152290800x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm Dinner: Sunday-Thursday 4:30pm-9:00pm Friday & Saturday 4:30pm-10:pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Delivery, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Valet Parking Available
A word from Franchesco's
Beauty, Innovation, and culinary perfection, only begin to describe Franchesco’s Ristorante. A new generation of Salamone’s and a finely tuned management and wait-staff ensemble, promise to deliver on our customers’ demanding expectations. Our continued strive towards excellence, will only ensure our ability to grow our Franchesco’s Ristorante family.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Franchesco's reviews from OpenTable diners
97 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (80)romantic (64)good for groups (28)fit for foodies (25)vibrant bar scene (25)notable wine list (22)hot spot (21)neighborhood gem (21)great for outdoor dining (20)great for lunch (13)late-night find (8)scenic view (8)great for brunch (6)kid-friendly (6)Show More
  • A Real Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    From the moment we walked in we were made to feel special. Great decor conducive to a romantic atmosphere. Choice of tables or a more private booth. Big wing-back chairs are as beautiful as the are comfortable. Lighting was just right and the waterfalls beautiful. Great music, not too loud. Great service, attentive but not overwhelming, and outstanding food. Cooked the steaks perfectly. Seafood was delicious. We will be coming back soon. I am from out of town but it was worth the drive. We can't say enough good things about Franchesco's. A real class act. It must be experienced.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Bliss
    MelindaR
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We went to Franchesco's for our 5 year anniversary. We had dined there on our 2nd date and enjoyed it. We requested one of the U shaped booths as we had sat there years before. We arrived 10 minutes early and were seated right away where we had requested. The wait to be waited on was a little long but the server was very good and attentive when need be. We were delighted to be able to listen to a live piano player while we dined and minus a group of individuals who arrived drunk and were a bit loud and obnoxious our evening went well. Thank you to Franchesco's for making this a wonderful anniversary for us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Restaurant
    sweaver88
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This was my girlfriend and my first time to Franchesco's. The two words I would use for the experience: perfect and exquisite. The food was amazing. The only downfall would be the price but your paying for the memories WHICH was worth the price in the end. One unique thing I got here was the waiter gave us what WE needed. With most sit down restaurants, they hound you, ask personal questions, try to be overly friendly just for a tip. Our waiter was there when we needed him and away when we didn't. It gave us more time to ourselves; more romantic.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friends8food
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Entire group of 8 enjoyed the food and service was excellent! The parmesan tilapia and lasagna were our favorites dishes and portions were very generous. And the piano and trumpet music complimented the meal. Great experience!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just Do It
    asdf1234VIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Just do it and you will be glad you did. Over and beyond the flavorful food dining here is an experience. Our favorite is a table with high back chairs, not all tables have high backs. The booths are nice too but, we like the high back chairs you melt in them, I am talking major comfort.. There is a piano in the center that adds a super touch to the dining experience. Been around and this place is perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice
    Popper
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The food was very good. The only issue was we were rushed to eat our salads. The restaurant apologized and gave us dessert, so all ended well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our Anniversary Dinner
    anniversarycouple2
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We walked in the door, were seated promptly in a booth that we requested. Our waiter was very nice and friendly. He helped with choices. We had a nice, pleasant dinner for two. The bookbinder soup was superb, and the french onion soup was also superb. The shrimp with garlic noodles and a breath mint was very tasty (but the mint was not included.) The 15 lb lobster tail was flavorful, but I think it was a little too done and tough. Our service was excellent, AND - my husband "did" get his mint after all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, service spotty
    TKLZVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We arrived with a reservation and were taken to our table quickly but we sat there for at least 10 - 15 minutes before anyone came over. No water, no bread, no one stopping by just to say they would be right with us. We saw tables around arrive after us and have bread and water brought to their tables. We have dined there before and really have enjoyed it so maybe it was an off night but the evening started and a down note. The food was god , we enjoyed out meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Too loud
    SuburbFoodiesVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We went on a Saturday evening with some out of town guests. We had hoped to be able to visit. There was a piano and trumpet ensmeble playing right behind our table and there was a wedding on site in a private room. It was much too lud and did not provide the nice ambience that woudl have made for a pleasnat evening. The food and servce were good, but the noise level took away from what coudl have been a much better experience.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Lasagna Ever
    Nomorecooking
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I had never been to dinner here, only lunch, so it was wonderful to experience the piano/horn duo. Their lasagna was heaven. The special bananas foster for the birthday guest was a treat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Excellent
    Graybeard
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Food was fantastic, we always eat there when in Rockford
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Absolutely Fantabulous!!!
    klwclw
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We came to celebrate a birthday. The food, atmosphere, service, everything made it a wonderful evening. We'll be back!!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Somethng Special
    asdf1234VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    They know what they are doing. Not sure if their history but their present is outstanding. They are firing on all cylinders. Comfort, Ambiance, Food, Service, Price. Just excellent. There ae only two places in Rockford on Open table. This one is soft, quiet, dimly yet appropriately lit. Has elegance, a great bar, outdoor dining and banquet facilities. Great parking. Address does not show up in my GPS. Actually on the Corner of McFarland and Spring Creek Rd parallel and 1 block east of Perryville on the east side of Rockkford. You see Spring Creek rd ended at Perryville but the extended it 1 block to McFarland and address doesn't compute in any of my devices. Good thing I've been there before and it is totally worth going.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Classic Italian Luxury
    Overdressed
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    You almost expect the Rat Pack to walk in. The staff is excellent and the menu varied with a setting that makes you wish you wore a tuxedo.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • JohnnyS
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Great apps and dinner was delicious. Good atmosphere in the main dinning room. Service was great! Entertaining customers was a breeze.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place to celebrate!
    FunFoodies
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We brought my father-in-law and his wife to dinner here to celebrate his birthday and we all loved the food, environment, live music and service! The chicken madeira, filet, salmon and lobster were all perfection. We'll be back for another special event!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Good food, great experence. We went there for our anaversery and had a great romainic dinner. They have great live music playing, but not too loud that you can not talk.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    HappydinerVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Been here so many times, I cannot count. Waited for table. Seated in side room. Waited over 30 minutes for entre. Server not congenial. Had to discuss options to personalize meal. (almost argue). Guess we cannot depend on consistency here either.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pete
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The food was excellent and the service was pretty good. The atmosphere is very nice but conversation was very difficult, primarily because the piano was close by and being played quite loudly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good with the exception of......
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    When we asked for outdoor dining the response was no and somewhat curt. The prime rib was all gone by 7:00. Tuna was good, but served still cool in the middle.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great
    worththecalories
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Great food great service great experience. Thankful we have a restaurant like Francesco's in Rockford.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Closed the Deal!!
    DealCloser
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Brought a Customer here for lunch while in Contract Negotiations, between the amazing food and great Wine, the Customer was in cloud 9. The Staff was superb and the overall experience was splendid. By the end of our meal, the Customer was eager to close the deal and sign the Contract. Bring our Client to Franchesco's was a win-win.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Anniversary Dinner
    Great4pizza
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I decided to take my girl friend out somewhere very nice for our anniversary and I choose to surprise her with Franchesco's. We both like the restaurant very much but live quite a ways away. Very glad I choose Franchesco's, it was a big hit!!!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Franchesco's offers stellar service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We had such a wonderful dining experience at Franchesco's! The service was excellent, with knowledgeable, friendly staff. The beautiful music created romantic ambience, and I cannot wait to go back again!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Experience
    catchme
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Franchesco's is a diamond in the rough. The food was delicious. Service prompt and friendly. Live music added great ambiance and romance.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Dining Experience in Rockford!
    NothingButTheBest
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    My girlfriend & I came in this weekend to mark the anniversary of our first date at your restaurant. The experience was nothing short of superb! Eric was our waiter, who was very accommodating & the food he recommended was delicious. We ordered the coconut shrimp for our appetizer, the seafood risotto for our entree, & the tiramisu for dessert with a glass of Chateau St. Michelle Riesling & a cup of espresso to compliment the whole dining experience. The decor & ambiance of the restaurant could be best described as romantic & luxurious. I would definitely recommend this establishment to anyone who is looking for a nice, quiet night out with a group or a romantic evening with a significant other. Cheers!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    luvgoodeats
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We visit Francesco's a few times a year, and it never disappoints. The warm atmosphere is great for a romantic dinner for two or for a special occasion dinner for a group. The live music in the dining room adds a first-class touch. The waitstaff is very attentive and friendly. Will definitely keep going back!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary dinner
    Valuediners
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    We had a very nice evening. The food was excellent, we weren't rushed and the tables were far enough apart to be private. Very classy atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always a great dinning experience
    JLMandSMM
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    From the moment you pull up and park the anticipation of the evening begins, when you walk through the front entry you welcomed with genuine warmth you are made to feel that you are important and valued , the bar speeks for itself, the dinning room is superb, the staff is impeccable, the menu is spot on, the flavor really pulls through every dish. If you are ever dissatisfied in anyway you will be accommodated .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • N.Y. Strip
    LimosineMike
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    I entertained some clients at your restaurant and the overall experience was very positive. The service was excellent and the food was very good. I personally had the N.Y. strip and I found the taste to be a little off. It was cooked to my liking ( med. rare) but it wasn't the best I've ever had, perhaps aging? The wine tasting in the entrance was a nice touch. I purchased a $100.00 gift certificate for a gift for a friend in the future and would definitely recommend your restaurant.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very satisfied
    SgmgriderVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We travel 100 miles to meet friends for dinner and selected Franchesco's for reviews on both Open Table and Yelp and both were spot on correct with their recommending reviews. The location, service and food selection was perfect for our group of four. These guys are the real deal and I have put them on my short list of fine dinning and a real gem you will not be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • June fancy outing
    movinon
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Was a lovely evening with good friends each celebrating something. Mostly wanted to talk and be together in a nice atmosphere. Food was wonderful ....especially the signature soup! No disappointed comments were made. Waiter had to be artful about getting orders since there was a lot of talking going on. Excellent music that night.....live piano + trumpet! Were sorry to leave....will do it again, hopefully soon. Waiter seemed a bit inexperienced but was very nice. Some of the dishes ordered were Salad Francesca with blue cheese crumbles, Veal tips with rice, Sea Bass. Not sure what else. On couple split a dish and each got a generous 1/2 salad. Coffee cups were generous. Perfect place for a reunion dinner with friends who like to talk.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Special Dinner with Family
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Our family spent the day at the funeral and burial of my husband's mother. I thought Franchesco's would be a great spot to unwind after a long, exhausting day.. I was so right. What a wonderful evening we had. Our server was one of the best I've ever had. Not only was he attentive to the needs of the adults, he treated the baby in our party like a little prince. Once he found out why we were there, he was so compassionate and empathetic. Our food was excellent and exactly as ordered. But, it was our server who made the evening so special. We all agreed we will come back to Franchesco's for special occasions or just a night out. Thank you for making the end of a rough day so enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great Atmosphere
    thepope
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    I've been to Franchesco's for luncheons, family dinners, and functions. This was an anniversary dinner for two and was a great choice. White linen, pleasant wait staff, good food. Live Piano music made for a fantastic dining experience. There is an outdoor deck and a bar as well, that we did not check out, but both looked excellent for a summer evening dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Hat policy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    Don't much care for the no hat policy. As a cancer survivor, my head gets cold. And I don't like being patronized/told to take my hat off.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Father's Day dinner
    GRUMPY
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Good food on special occasion. The seats were comfortable and the prices reasonable.ihave been there many times before and will go again. The bookbinders soup was excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fair but pricey
    RealItialian
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We arrived a few minutes before our reservation was told that we would have a short wait. We visited the bar and ordered drinks. the staff was nice but after fifteen minutes still no drinks and we had been called to our table. The drinks arrived as we were being seated. the menu is not overly large so choosing what to eat was simple. We had scallop appetizer very good a bit underdone, and only two scallop's not worth the fifteen dollar price tag. Both entree's were good although again portion size is small. Very nice place to visit for a special occasion, but to pricey for the average person to frequent on a regular basis. But a special occasion it is nice.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary Dinner
    Debbie
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We chose Franchesco's because it is romantic and the food is great. The service is second to none. We had a great dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic Find!
    addictedtotravel
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Honestly, we were a little nervous about finding a good place to eat when we arrived at our hotel in Rockford. I had found Franchesco's online and we decided to give it a try. It's a stunning restaurant with an old school Italian vibe. I loved the ambiance. It's very romantic, quiet and charming. Our waiter was so young! But, he was polite, helpful, knowledgeable and friendly. We really enjoyed talking to him. The food was fabulous. We had bacon wrapped shrimp to start that was excellent. My husband had the Boursin filet and it was perfectly done. I had baked penne with meatballs that was also excellent. We really enjoyed our experience at Franchesco's. If we ever go back to Rockford we will for sure dine here again!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Killed by the DJ!
    MichelleVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We walked in and had very high hopes. The photos on line show white table clothes and water features. At first it was exactly as we had thought. We were sitting there enjoying what I felt was very good food and having a conversation when suddenly the thunder of the DJ started shaking the joint. As it turned out there was a wedding reception in the next room. This would not have bothered me had it been say 9 or 10 pm, but it was 645pm. I wonder what it would have been like to sit there for the entire meal with this thunderous racket? I am disappointed for sure. Perhaps a Sunday night would be safer.... but is that really a date night?
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic