Chicago >Food & Dining > Mia Francesca
3311 N Clark St, Chicago, IL | Directions 6065741.942040 -87.652316
Lunch: Sat-Sun 11:30am-2:30pm
Dinner: Sun-Thu5-10 pm
Neighborhoods: North Side, Lakeview
If you're looking for Classic Italian food, it's not all that easy to find in Chicago. Mia's been doing it forever, and they're still doing it right. $5 martinis on Thursdays!
Clean, creative and delicious Italian – This by far is my favorite restaurant In Chicago. Their menu is simple, fun and tasty! You can never go wrong with reasonable prices and fresh cuisine that is a fresh approach on traditional italian. The staff is remarkable, always friendly and helpful. The atmosphere is high energy and exciting. I love going all out here and take all my guests here to experience one Chicago's great places to eat! I always go with the fish entrees....amazing!
good, solid choice...but would not return – With a party of 8 on a Saturday night, pre-Sunday morning running race. Food was excellent, from melon/prosciutto, to roasted chicken, and--of course--pasta. Decor was nothing special, but pleasant. Service was good, but then they would not split the check. By-the-glass wine selection fairly limited. Pretty pricey for what we had. A good overall experience, but would likely not return, with all the other Italian options in Chicago!
Best Tuscan Italian in City – Have been going to this place for 10 years and have never been disappointed. I really do think it is the best Italian in the city. Also love Saporo di Napoli on Belmont.
Declining Service – My recent experience has left me very disappointed in Mia Francesca. The maitre'd/manager (Fernando) was startlingly rude and presumptuous. The restaurant was 2/3 empty and yet he refused my 70 year old grandmother a chair to sit in until the rest of our party arrived. When a chair was requested a second time, he refused us by saying, "I see her. She looks fine."
He then proceeded to sit us in the very back near the bus station and bathroom. We said no and he again made my grandmother stand while he chose a new table. Repeat, the restaurant was mostly empty, this was 5:45 on a Wednesday evening. His behavior made me take a look at his seating policy and I realized that he sat couples in the front, women eating together or families in the back. Ridiculous and mean spirited is the nicest way I can term this policy.
The night ended up alright as our server was very nice and the food was, as always, fine, but after eating here for many years, we will not go back.
My Mia! – I Love this place. Italian food isn?t usually all that exciting for me, but I get excited when I go to Mia Francesca. You definitely want to make a reservation, no matter what day of the week it is. They will usually seat you promptly. The service has always been knowledgeable and pleasant without being over eager. Assorted, changing specials with reliable stand-by?s make for a great menu. Most importantly, the food is always fantastic ? and the price is right on. Try it out, you WONT be disappointed!
Fan-Friggin-Tastic!!!!! – I Love this place. Italian food isn?t usually all that exciting for me, but I get excited when I go to Mia Francesca. You definitely want to make a reservation, no matter what day of the week it is. They will usually seat you promptly. The service has always been knowledgeable and pleasant without being over eager. Assorted, changing specials with reliable stand-by?s make for a great menu. Most importantly, the food is always fantastic ? and the price is right on. Try it out, you WONT be disappointed!
Amazing food, be prepared to yell... – This is a gem of a place, but I highly recommend going at off-times if you plan to talk with the people in your party. The noise level when the place is full leaves my ears ringing in a manner normally reserved for rock concerts. With that said, the food really is rather fantastic. I've been to Mia Francesca many, many times and never had a dish that didn't make me swoon. Their appetizers are especially delightful.
Busy, loud, but some people like it that way – I've been to Mia Francesca a number of times, never had a bad experience. It's always packed, always loud and always tasty. Good service and helpful waiters. Tables are extremely close together, you have to climb over your neighbors to leave or go to the restroom.
User review by sleopold – this restaurant was good. the food i had was delicious, i had the salmon and shrimp along with a special appetizer that was a pepper brushetta. i did not have to wait for seating but i ate outside on the patio that was very nice, the inside of the restaurant was absolutely crazy and i couldnt even imagine eating in there. the bathrooms are in a very bad spot right in the middle of the traffic between in/outdoor seating and the bus boy station. on top of it, there is only one stall for each. overall, i would go back because i thought the food was wonderful but the scene was a little chaotic.
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