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Everyone loves a good #TBT, and on February 27, Mia Francesca is offering a 25 year throwback.

Mia Francesca is a small, family owned group of restaurants that has graced the restaurant scene for 25 years. With locations across the country and multiple locations in Chicago, Mia Francesca shows no sign of slowing down.

On the cusp of Mia Francesca’s 25th anniversary, the Bitches were graciously invited to preview Mia Francesca’s dinner menu that they served on opening day and will re-create on Feb. 27. Mia Francesca will be offering the original menu at the original prices that were set in 1992—talk about a throwback that’ll save you some substantial money.

On Presidents Day, Paige and I made our way to preview the throwback dinner menu. I am a huge fan of Italian food, so I was especially excited to carbo-load for the sake of the blog.

Erin, the associate general manager greeted Paige and I and gave us a quick tour of the space. We were surprised to learn that there was a patio, back space, and a whole second floor at the Lakeview location—what a nice surprise. The restaurant is deceptively huge, and rightfully so, considering they average 350 to 400 patrons on Friday and Saturday night.

After our quick tour, Paige and I got down to business and began ordering food.

To start, our wonderful waiter Fernando suggested the carpaccio. To be honest, I had never had carpaccio before, and upon ordering I read the description and saw it was raw sirloin. I’ll try anything once but I was skeptical. To be honest, it was delicious. The sirloin was topped with capers, tomatoes, mushrooms, olive oil, Parmigiano, and lemon juice. It was an enormous portion, and was certainly too much for the two of us to finish but we did the best we could. I would order carpaccio again.

We then decided to split a caprese salad with tomato, fresh mozzarella, basil, and olive oil. The salad was fresh, light, and delicious—exactly the way a caprese salad should be. Both of us loved it.

We then moved onto entrees. Paige opted for the pollo alla salvia, which is sauteed chicken breast in a light tomato sauce with sage, and topped with melted mozzarella and prosciutto. The chicken was tender and the cheese on top was perfectly melted and melded nicely with the chicken. There was al dente pasta served on the side.

I had been eyeing the ravioli ai spinaci with a four cheese sauce, a touch of tomato sauce, and Parmigiano. The ravioli were perfectly cooked, and the cheese sauce was to die for—if it was socially acceptable to lick plates, I would have licked this one. It was a healthy portion, and I probably could have eaten every bit of it but I decided to save some to let Paige try.

For dessert, the two of us decided to share (per my request) a tiramisu. We couldn’t walk away without having tried at least one sweet dessert! The tiramisu was decadent, light, and so flavorful. It had the right amount of espresso flavor, and a hint of rum with mascarpone cheese and cocoa.

After this dinner presentation, I can’t wait to try the brunch! If you’re looking for a low-key, casual, and delicious option for dinner, try Mia Francesca.

Mia Francesca Lakeview
3311 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 334-8368

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