Francesca's Forno | Wicker Park/Bucktown | Italian, Small Plates | Restaurant
Seasonal small plates from the folks behind Francesca's.

Our Review

In a departure from the Francesca chain’s reliable if conservative fare, Francesca’s Forno offers a seasonal menu of small plates that cost less than $10 and cover virtually the entire Italian culinary landscape. The flavors in an antipasto of roasted beets with Gorgonzola and a scattering of crushed hazelnuts worked beautifully; mortadella and a sheep’s milk cheese chosen from a list of several salumi and formaggi were also excellent. Unable to forgo a large plate, we tried a grilled swordfish special with roasted artichokes and a balsamic reduction, a nice example of the kind of thing Francesca's can do so well: simple, delicious peasant food. Like all its sister restaurants, this one, in the former Soul Kitchen space, really packs 'em in.

Chip Dudley

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