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Frankies - Frankie's Since 1988, Tinley Park, IL

Frankie's Since 1988

4.9
4.9
3429 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
The Santoro Family has been in the food service industry since 1988. We renovated AND re-branded almost one year ago in May of 2023. We created a NEW CONCEPT we call MODERN CASUAL CHIC...The new name is Frankie's Since 1988 as an ode to our original restaurant on the Southside of Chicago.

No longer a fine dining white tablecloth restaurant. Our new vibe is energetic music, vibrant craft cocktails homemade pastas, authentic Southern Italian style pizzas (from our new Marra Forni oven) and most popular dishes, such as Ciambotta (sausage & peppers), meatballs, Alaskan wild king salmon, Chicken "limone" with a lemon butter & capers sauce amongst others.

Our updated menu is a combination of old classics from the past 15 years in Tinley Park and new items with the same wonderful service guests have come to know and love from Frankie's.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 21 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Thu 4:30 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (708) 226-6996
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Chef Gaetano Calandrini
  • Catering
    For Off Site Catering Events, Please Visit WWW.FRANKIESSINCE1988.COM For Menu And Information
  • Private party facilities
    We no longer offer group dining or private events as of 2022.
  • Private party contact
    Angela Santoro: (708) 226-6996
  • Neighborhood
    Tinley Park
  • Cross street
    171st Street and 94th Ave
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Entertainment
    Live Music With Blake Alexander on Friday, February 10th at 6:30pm
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 3,429 people are saying

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4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.7Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Chicago / Illinois

    Best Value

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  • Southwest Suburbs

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    Best Ambiance

  • Southwest Suburbs

    Best Value

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    Innovative

  • Southwest Suburbs

    Healthy

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    Hot spot

  • Southwest Suburbs

    Neighborhood gem

  • Southwest Suburbs

    Great for fine wines

  • Southwest Suburbs

    Good for special occasions

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3,429 Reviews
  1. NeeNee

    Las Vegas

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Even though computers went down, staff worked through it . Had a wonderful time, and a wonderful meal. Just like always.

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  2. maureent

    Chicago

    33 reviews

    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food,amazing staff who are so helpful and attentive Highly recommend. Will definitely be back!!!

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious as always! Food was hot & service was great. Frankie’s is our favorite date night go to!

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  4. KarenK

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Alex, our server was amazing! We celebrated my husbands birthday & she made it even more special!

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  5. Mia10922

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    I held off on doing a review for our visit on 4/3/24, but I received an email reminding me. We’ve been to Frankie’s, on several occasions and it was always good. The manager and staff are always pleasant. This time, it was disappointing. My hubby and I, had the grilled calamari and shrimp to start with. It was not like what I’ve had before. I wish I had asked for it to be charred or well grilled. Or, just sent it back. For my entree, I decided to have a Caesar salad, with salmon on it. Had I known, that I was going to be charged $30.00 (for a small bowl of chopped romaine lettuce and a piece of salmon), I would’ve have ordered a real meal. I wish our server had mentioned the extra cost. The wine was good.

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  6. Amy29

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    When you step into Frankie’s you feel like you are part of their family! Everyone on their team provides top-notch service. Food is brought out at the appropriate temperature, great presentation and finished dishes are cleared consistently. The music played is so relaxing and the atmosphere is just perfect. The food is excellent!! Angela & Frankie are part of everything and help make the overall experience perfect!!

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  7. BTRG

    Chicago

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As the saying goes - Frankie’s is a hidden gem with excellent freshly made pasta, sauces and pizza to go along with their other great dishes. When you eat at Frankie’s you’re enjoying a great meal with Family and Friends in a relaxing and welcoming atmosphere.

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  8. RichardS

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Background music overhead was louder than allowing for casual conversation when we first arrived. It did get better later in our meal.

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  9. tammym

    Naples

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was incredible!! Exceptional service, Karen was probably the best server we’ve ever had!! Love this place!

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  10. Matthew

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time being back since the renovation, will be back very soon! Food was delicious and the new look amazing.

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  11. Momma4

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have been coming here for years, but since the remodel it's gotten even better. The bar ambiance is awesome, the new pizza oven in view of customers is amazing. We have never had a bad meal or poor service. The owner is always around and making sure everyone is happy.We are a combined Gluten Free and regular family and they have many options. A few of our favs are: Grilled Octopus, Mussels (make sure you get bread, you'll want to dip) The Prosciutto & Burrata Pizza and they made the Nutella Pizza dessert GLUTEN FREE!!! So good! Highly recommend.

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  12. maureent

    Chicago

    33 reviews

    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Frankie’s is one of our favorite!! We started with the antipasto board followed by the salad of the day and we each got a pizza. The food was delicious as always. The staff is amazing. So friendly and efficient!! We will be back

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always an outstanding meal and service. One of our favorite restaurants. Be sure to have the homemade ricotta gnocchi with their fabulous vodka sauce. You’ll be hooked like I am.

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  14. MaryC

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The staff was very welcoming. The manager checked on us several times. Waitress was very attentive. Had an awesome experience will definately be back.

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  15. ThomasB

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very good Italian restaurant, excellent service and very good food. They have a high temperature pizza oven which is not common in the southwest suburbs.

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  16. TeriS

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    There were four of us for a business dinner. We shared grilled calamari and shrimp which was plenty for four and delicious. We did have to order a side bread plate with oil and cheese which again was plenty for four to share. We split a Frankie's salad which was enough for a bit for each of us. Then on to the main entrees which were also delicious. Tiramisu was split by the four of us with a couple bites apiece, fabulous accompanied by tasty cappuccinos to finish a fantastic meal. Highly recommend and we will be back!

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Frankie’s is our favorite place to go for dinner and we cater from them all of the time. Angela has done an impeccable job with the design. And Frankie makes it so personable every time we go there. The pair of them make this place feel like family. The service is top-notch! The food is delicious and the atmosphere is amazing!

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great service. I was disappointed in my short rib rigatoni. Meat was tough. Bread is no longer served. Instead they give you small pieces in your meal. The old Frankie’s fine dining experience will be missed. It is more of a swanky bar food feel

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server Karen was a delight! She made great conversation and involved everyone at our table. The dining experience, including the food and plating, was superb as always. We love coming here and can’t wait until our next visit!

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  20. courtneyc

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and friendly staff! Can’t go wrong with any item on their menu.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was amazing, so fresh and delicious! The staff is attentive and super friendly.

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  22. Anonymous

    Chicago

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love the new vibe and concept at Frankie’s! It’s definitely different from the fine dining element, but has a great upbeat vibrant atmosphere! The food and service are the best around! Frankie, always around to say hello and make us feel welcomed. The pizzas which is a new addition are PHENOMENAL! We had the margarita and tartufo mushrooms for an appetizer! Wow! So good. My basil martini as just as delicious as I remembered. Well done Frankies!

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  23. Lfranch

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Frankie’s is my “Cheers bar”. Always run into friends/neighbors. Great Italian restaurant and Frankie makes you feel like your family. Always amazing food and service! We had the bacon dates appetizer and they were so delicious. Hoping they add that to their menu.

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  24. CindyH

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Frankie’s was great! Service was awesome, Food was spectacular Had sausage and peppers for appetizers and it was phenomenal. Service was excellent

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food. Amazing service. They truly treat you like family here.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Once again never had a bad meal the pork tenderloin stuffed sausage was outstanding. Cauliflower soup was excellent and could have had more. Overall great way to celebrate my wife’s birthday

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  27. LoriG

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Friendly atmosphere and INCREDIBLE food. Owner takes his time to talk with customers which is refreshing.

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  28. Donna

    Chicago

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great experience at our favorite place. Brought some friends with us, they loved their food so much there was nothing to take home. Thanks Frankie’s!

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  29. NickC

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food - kind attentive server. Frankie came by each table to greet guests.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent authentic Italian food. Great food and value.

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  31. CindyQ

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is delicious! Drinks are delicious! The restaurant has a great atmosphere. The service is top notch. Every server is always friendly and accommodating. The owner and family are so welcoming and always take the time to greet us! That’s why we keep coming back!

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  32. SusanC

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    No need to travel to Oakbrook or the City when you can dine at Frankie's Est. 1988. If you haven't been there yet, I highly recommend going. We have tried almost everything on their menu and love it all. We ordered the grilled asparagus appetizer wrapped in prosciutto. The Burrata pizza was phenomenal, and lucky for us, there was enough to take home and enjoy the following day. I always order the salmon which comes with fresh vegetables and potatoes. Again, always enough that I can enjoy it again at home. The service was on point.. we couldn't have asked for a better or nicer dining experience anywhere, plus Frankie and Angela are the absolute best.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best food in town and even better service! My wife and I try to go there weekly because it is the best way to unwind after work and an Awesome Way to enjoy a weekend dinner!

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  34. AdrianaB

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love coming to Frankie’s!! This was our first time back since the remodel and it’s so beautiful inside. Nothing beats the vibe in Frankie’s. The staff is SO friendly they treat you like family. We’ve been bringing my son since he was born and everyone is always so sweet to him. The owner is so great everytime we’ve been there he’s working right along side everyone else and greets every table. This is our family’s favorite restaurant!

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Frankie’s has always been terrific. Last night was above and beyond. It was the first time my husband and I brought our daughter out. The WHOLE staff was wonderful. Everyone was very welcoming with our little one who just wanted to say hi or interact. The service and food were outstanding. I love that we have a locally owned restaurant with fabulous food and service that welcomes families. Thank you to all the staff for a terrific dinner. We can’t wait to come back. ❤️

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Frankie’s never disappoints. Always an excellent experience and exceptional food

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  37. DebM

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Frankies, a family owned and operated business. They treat you like family, the menu is extensive with choices. We have never had a bad experience or food - we have been going to Frankies for 8 years.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Frankie's is my favorite place to go. First, the restaurant is just beautiful and has a modern look. Secondly, the service is top-notch. This visit was for a birthday celebration, which I mentioned when making the reservation. They kindly said happy birthday upon check-in and had a card on the table. They recognized it without being obnoxious. For the appetizer, we selected the sausage and peppers. They make it better than anyplace. The sausage is not greasy at all, and the sauce makes you want to dip bread in it to get every last drop. For meals, we selected the chicken parmesan, chicken vesuvio, and lasagna. Everyone was pleased and had leftovers. The pasta is perfectly al-dente. The salads were large enough to share and perfectly dressed. I selected the classic aperol spritz because this is the only place that makes it better than I do. You haven't had one until you have it here. Another had the pilot noir. The server had great knowledge of what they offered, and her descriptions were perfect. Last, but definitely not least, the tiramisu is so creamy that it is like velvet. Simply devine! There is no wrong choice. Everything is good here.I was nervous about the new concept as I loved the old one so much, but they do everything to perfection. They treat every guest as if they were welcoming you into their home.

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  39. KennethM

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place fantastic service food was perfect and just right I would recommend this to anyone and definitely gonna come back again

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exceptional food quality and service….. never disappoints !

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FAQs

Frankie's Since 1988 is rated 4.9 stars by 3429 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 21 times today
Google Map for Frankie's Since 1988

9501 West 171st Street, Tinley Park, IL 60487

Additional information

  • Cross street
    171st Street and 94th Ave
  • Neighborhood
    Tinley Park
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Thu 4:30 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Chef Gaetano Calandrini
  • Entertainment
    Live Music With Blake Alexander on Friday, February 10th at 6:30pm
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (708) 226-6996
  • Catering
    For Off Site Catering Events, Please Visit WWW.FRANKIESSINCE1988.COM For Menu And Information
  • Private party facilities
    We no longer offer group dining or private events as of 2022.
  • Private party contact
    Angela Santoro: (708) 226-6996
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