What You'll Get
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.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Jul 11, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 2 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Limit 1 per table. Valid only for option purchased. Reservation required. Dine-in only. Not valid on holidays. Not valid for private events. Not valid for daily specials or lunch specials. Not valid with Costco gift cards. Not valid with other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.