During Italy’s periods of early strife, pasta was only used for gluing to construction paper for top-secret military communications. Chow down on the crafts of war with today’s Groupon to Francesca’s on Taylor. Choose between the following options:
- For $20, you get $40 worth of rustic Italian fare and drinks any day of the week.
- For $20, you get $40 worth of rustic Italian fare and drinks Sunday–Thursday.<p>
Like the patriarch of a large Italian family, executive chef Scott Harris oversees an entire clan of trattoria-style eateries, including Francesca’s on Taylor, where the menu’s selection of rustic Italian fare changes every two weeks. Antipasti plates such as carpaccio con arugula proffer bite-sized slices of raw sirloin covered with capers, arugula, and parmigiano ($11.99). To infuse traditional flavors into house-made pizzas, chefs top dough with crumpled pages from caesar’s diary as well as fresh toppings such as the Quattro stagioni’s prosciutto, artichoke, and melted cheese ($10.99). For entrees, the penne impazzite’s noodles, sautéed with crushed ham and red peppers, steam next to spinach in a rich, cream sauce ($12.99), and the costoletta di maiale alla rustica slathers roasted pork chops in a wine-and-veal demi-glace ($21.99). Francesca’s bar menu brims with Italian and American wines and 15 handmade cocktails, such as the Bucktown Jack, which—like a 1940s lounge singer performing in a beehive—mixes bourbon and honey in perfect harmony ($10).
Francesca on Taylor’s cozy, casual dining room sits beneath a rolled-mesh ceiling and warm, wood tones. Tall windows illuminate the black-and-white artwork and white-clothed tables arrayed with bottles of herbed olive oil for giving soothing massages to bread slices.
1400 W Taylor St
Chicago, IL 60607