By: Kristen Boza
Franconello, 10222 S. Western Ave., keeps the neighborhood fed. Actually, not just fed, but stuffed to the brim with authentic, delicious Italian food.
Since 1994, Franconello has been the go-to for cozy date nights, private parties, and for a “just because” treat. With an old-school Chicago Italian flair, the white-tablecloth eatery is known for its pasta classics, steaks, chops, and perfect wine pairings.
Lately, Franconello has also been feeding everyone’s curiosity. We’ve all been watching as the outside of the building has been transformed, and evidence of big interior changes can be seen through the new windows.
The restaurant’s rooftop renovation will enhance the restaurant’s outdoor space so that can be enjoyed in any weather. Managing partner Frank Ruffolo, who runs the family business, is excited to introduce a retractable roof to the rooftop patio.
“We’ve been around a long time in Beverly and we enjoy the neighborhood and supporting everyone here,” Ruffolo said. “Three years ago, we introduced a retractable roof at our restaurant in the South Loop that covered our patio. We really liked the system; it worked out so well that we wanted to do the same project at Franconello.”
Ruffolo is adamant that everyone who wants to reach the rooftop patio is able to; he plans to have a lift installed to help those with mobility issues reach the top of the stairs to the roof. The lobby area of Franconello was also renovated so patrons wanting to sit on the roof don’t have to wade their way through the dining room to get there.
“We are excited to enhance our current rooftop patio. Soon, it’ll be fully enclosed and heated, and when it’s a nice day we can open the roof and get some fresh air,” Ruffolo said.
The project is almost completed. The finishing touches are all that’s left to do.
Franconello will also introduce new signage and outdoor lighting. “The signage will be a stand-out piece, and you’ll see it and the new lighting when driving down Western. It’ll stand out even more with the all-glass retractable roof.”
Call 773-881-4100 for a reservation and check out the extensive menu at FranconelloChicago.com.