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“Summer Surprise”

Francesco's Hole In The Wall
Ranked #1 of 130 Restaurants in Northbrook
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$0 - US$30
Cuisines: French, Italian
Dining options: Lunch
Restaurant details
Dining options: Lunch
Reviewed 7 July 2018

We were just killing time in Northbrook and found this excellent restaurant on Trip Advisor. It is a bit of a hole in the wall and a little hard to spot off the road but well worth the search. We had to wait a bit to be seated but the service was excellent and cheery. We sampled two seafood appetizers; the deep fried calamari as well as some great grilled calamari, octopus and shrimp. I got the Bolognese sauce with fresh pappardelle and my wife's sister loved the chicken Vesuvio. All great. Topped off with some fine sorbet for desert. Highly recommended!

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Thank evergreenrancher
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Reviewed 30 June 2018 via mobile

Popped in on Friday evening, this tiny restaurant was absolutely buzzing. Unfortunately there was a super long wait for a table, so I ordered take away.

Got a basic pasta dish, Chicken Parm. But it was excellent.

Really enjoyed it and will try to get back to sit in with friends. :)

Thank Rayso_14
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Reviewed 20 June 2018

Its the food really. Some entrees are excellent, others just so so. At one time a real secret gem, but popularity, which has led to a few spin offs has not had a great effect. Small room, tables very close together. Can be noisy, but fun.

Thank Ray S
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Reviewed 18 June 2018 via mobile

We were lucky to get there early enough in the evening that the four of us were seated at once. By the time we left, lots of people waiting. Great food and ambience - definitely worth trying!

Thank rogerw720
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Reviewed 15 June 2018 via mobile

In town on business and dropped in on this restaurant based on the reviews. It was magnificent. It was so good we went back 2 days later. Please note...It’s a quaint location hidden off the street. Be prepared to wait a while. Come early or later. Even if you have to wait it will be worth it. Because they are moving so many people in and out don’t be offended if your server wants to get down to business...you can order off menu..if you have a favorite dish let them know. Our dishes included the black linguini, chicken v. something, meatballs and pasta, linguini and lobster, tiramisu was to die for, chocolate banana cake was killer and the owner checks in on you to make sure you’re good...can’t wait to get back to town for this treat.

Thank bballmama2
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