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La Sorella di Francesca
La Sorella di Francesca

La Sorella di Francesca Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.miafrancesca.com
  • Phone: (630) 961-2706
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Monday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 3:00pm - 10:30pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm

    Strollers are not allowed in the dining room due to Fire Safety Regulations.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Vegetarian / Vegan
  • Executive Chef: Scott Harris - Chef de Cuisine: Margaro Ochoa
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events & Promotions: We have private rooms that hold parites as small as 8 to as many as 100 people.
    For more information on special events please contact our events coordinator Nancy Gerenstein at 888-937-9009 x152

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Washington
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Recommended to park one block north on Van Buren in the 5 level parking garage. There is also a 3 level garage located on the opposite side of Washington off of Jefferson Ave.
A word from La Sorella di Francesca
La Sorella di Francesca features the zesty, earthy cuisine of Rome and the surrounding areas of Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio. The Sun proclaims, "La Sorella has, without question, The Best Italian Food in the Western Suburbs."

Located in Naperville, the restaurant encourages the lively art of dining with a contemporary, casually sophisticated trattoria ambiance, good, rustic cooking, friendly service and fair prices.

La Sorella is located in the old city hall at 18 West Jefferson Avenue in a beautiful greystone building featuring two enormous arched windows. The restaurant has dining rooms on two floors, each with gorgeous, intricately crafted, antique bars providing the focal point of a lively, inviting atmosphere.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Diner Reviews
  • "Really enjoyed the corner spot cozy and intimate, great service, amazing food and all done for a reasonable price!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "They were very gracious about us being 15 minutes late and promptly seated us at a window table per our request. We expressed the desire to enjoy our drinks before the meal and our waiter obliged. The roasted chicken and halibut were wonderful. The restaurant is loud, but having been there before we knew that. A wonderful meal."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "The best. Always. Seriously always flawless. Service is fast and attentive. Food is different and you can order meals not on the menu. They seem to want to do well on every meal."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "The food is great --- but the restaurant is too noisy! We booked at 5:30 and did enjoy some quiet time, but by the time we left, the restaurant was very busy and the noise level was too high for us. We will return again when we want an early dinner!"
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "Dinner was fresh and tastefully seasoned and the place was packed yet our service was phenomenal."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Love this restaurant but only at lunch because dinner tends to be so noisy you can't hear the person next to you. For dinner I like the one on Rt. 59 because it's quieter during the week."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Simply put, the service was fantastic, the food was great, and the restaurant itself was well laid out for traffic... which makes dining more enjoyable. You will not be disappointed. Cheers"
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "The food was excellent, as usual. The server seemed to rush us through out meal, which I didn't like, especially as the restaurant was not very crowded."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "I came across this restaurant as I was looking for a date night spot. The food was amazing although a tad pricy. The noise level was high and made it slightly difficult to converse with my date. However, the bus boys were fantastic! Very attentive with the drinks and plates. They were accommodating with the needs of everyone."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We sat in their "alley" patio on a Friday evening. There was a young, but very talented high school student playing the violin just a few yards away on the sidewalk. It felt like Georgetown or Greenwich Village. Very enjoyable. We found the prices reasonable, food delicious, portions generous, and service attentive. Our only criticism are the limited menu selections. Nevertheless, we loved it!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "We are regulars here and we can honestly say we never have a bad experience! We always order the same thing regardless if it is on the menu or not - they are so accommodating! We have never needed to flag down our server - they are always on top of things!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Nice outdoor area. Great wine. Great service. Loud inside. Calamari was too salty. Pesto sauce was thin and watery. Food was not hot. The bread was good. Our waitress was very nice. Took the calamari off the bill. This place would be great and I would consider going back if the food was better."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "The hostess' smile as we walked in told us this was a great choice of places to dine. White linen topped with paper prepared us for a lovely evening of food and wine. Would return and try other dishes."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Food, Drinks & Service were outstanding! Crowded, compact and noisy, but really worth it if that doesn't bother you."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "They always have new items on their menu so you can always find something new to try. Of course, we also have favorites that are always on the menu. If you like Italian, you will love Francesca's!"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "This dining spot is right in the heart of Naperville, which is what we were looking for with the kids on Saturday evening. We were able to book a reservation same day. The service here was exceptional and were accommodating when we asked to turn down the AC upon our arrival as it was a bit chilly on the top floor. Unfortunately, we were unimpressed with the food. The tomatoes in the Caprese salad were not ripe and the Cavetelli e pesto con Pollo was extremely bland and left a lot to be desired. Will probably not return."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Good food but understaffed to provide good service."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "always one of the favorites around the area. The pasta dish I had this time was a little weak but the wife loved her's. Great service as always."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We have been to a couple other Francesca's and decided to try this one out since it's closer to home. They didn't disappoint. We had 2 appetizers the calamari and the brusetta and both were amazing. My husband had the rib eye steak and I had the roasted chicken with oven baked potatoes. This dish is to die for. I get it EVERY time I go to a Francesca's! Everything was wonderful. Our server was a joy, making sure we had what we needed, but not going overboard bothering us. The ambiance is charming as well. I can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I haven't been to La Sorella di Francesca in a few years--no particular reason, just hadn't been. I had forgotten just how good it is. I got a negroni, my companion a very good and reasonably priced glass of cabernet. Our appetizer, the Carpaccio, arrived, and while it seemed huge when it was set down in front of us, we enjoyed every last morsel. My lovely companion enjoyed rigatoni with sausage (sadly, no peas), and it was hearty and delicious. I opted for the Pollo Saltamboca. The portion was large but every bite delicious and tender. With our dinner, I opted for a Pinot Gris, and my date another glass of cabernet. The lemon torte with cream cheese for dessert was modestly sized, but absolutely delicious. Service was attentive."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Food was only fair. One entrée was not good...noodles not cooked, another pasta entrée was watery. We have been to Francesca's by the River in St. Charles and the food was a lot better. Our server in Naperville was very nice, though."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We've enjoyed going to La Sorella many times since it opened in Naperville, but had not been for a couple years so we decided to go last Friday before moving out of state. Food was still good; service was great but the ambiance was very disappointing -- it seems La Sorella has become so kid-friendly, as one of our party remarked, it's like being in an upscale Chucky Cheese. We all have kids and enjoy them as much as anyone does -- but when going out to dinner, we were looking for a place with a different vibe than this one."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Something was a bit off this time. The food was good. The service was not up to its usual level."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "My family and I went out to dinner at La Sorella di Francesca. The food was absolutely delicious and the service was spot on! Everything from the bread and olive oil starter to the rich desserts was to die for! I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who happens to be in the downtown Naperville area and is looking for high quality Italian."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "I took my boyfriend here for his birthday and he was totally surprised when they brought a complimentary dessert with a candle at the end of our meal. The food was amazing! We had great service, we will definitely be back! "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Excellent food, service and ambience! They never miss a beat at La Sorella di Francesca, which we have been dining at for 15+ years!"
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "Service was very attentive without being intrusive. Each of us ordered just a pasta. Portions were enormous, and each dish was delicious! Great food, great service, and reasonable prices!"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Food was great as usual. Our server Elizabeth was very very good, pleasant, efficient, and unobtrusive. "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "I've been to this Francesca's location many times and again this dinner did not disappoint. It is always amazing food!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "My wife and I enjoy going to La Sorella di Francesca's for special occasions. I booked our reservation thru opentable.com and requested a window seat to celebrate our 15th anniversary. Our waitress was fantastic. The walnut salad was great. My wife ordered the halibut, but with the Balsamico sides that came with the skate wing (capers and spinach). It was awesome. I had the seafood pasta (very good, but had remorse..should have ordered the halibut al Balsamico). "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "This upscale-casual Italian restaurant in the heart of downtown Naperville delivers consistently exceptional food and service, and has become one of my wife's new favorites due to their extensive gluten-free menu and friendly flexibility with respect to even more options for those with dietary restrictions. Proving, once again, that gluten-free does not mean bland and boring."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "My new wife and I took our parents there for their first meeting. We are both foodies from DC and SF. Service was very professional and prompt. It was a bit noisy at 6:30 pm on a Saturday. The pasta dishes were great but the Pork chops a bit tough. The olive oil was excellent. Good wine list. The bill was very reasonable for 6. Parking was a small challenge given the holiday weekend and a prime dining out night. I would definitely eat there again, not 5 star but a solid place to go for good Italian when you need a break from cooking at home. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We had a great dinner on Sunday 5/18/14. The food was great and the service was really good. We asked for a lunch item but no luck. That was OK because all the meals were great"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Dinner is always good a Francescas. Great old world feel with tight tables and great atmosphere. Small menu but you know everything on it will be very good. My only issue was the very short wine pours (at $14 a glass, not sure 1/3 glass is what you are supposed to get). Tried a cheaper By the Glass and had the same pour. Outside of that, great spot."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Always reliable- excellent food and location in downtown Naperville-definitely one of my favorites!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Great food but so loud you could not hear across the table to talk. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "This place in the heart of Naperville is a great dinner spot for couples as well as families, but it is a more-formal restaurant so not kid-friendly for running around. The first floor is traditional small table italian seating and the food/wine is excellent. We have done both small plate appetizer dinners there as well as full course weekend dining."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Always get the carpaccio! Food quality and service are always very good. Can be a bit crowded and noisy. "
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Still a nice place to go but the prices have sure gone up I'd think twice about going back."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Always a good choice and never disappoints! Food is always fresh and very tasty and great presentation."
    Dined on 5/11/2014