It was a sad day last week when I got word that Francesca’s Pizzeria Napoletana had closed for good. No more name changing or branding for that location, just closed. I am especially sad because I had held my first tweetup there, and it was a success! Many people raved about the pizza and were interested in going back for more.
Phil Vettel wrote about this closing in his Chicago Tribune blog, The Stew.
Apparently there is a limit to Chicago’s appetite for Neopolitan-style pizza; Scott Harris pulled the plug on Francesca’s Pizzeria Napoletana (2423 N. Clark St.) a few days ago.
This doesn’t mean that Harris, who operates 21 Mia Francesca locations (with plans for more), has given up on pizza. He still has Dough Boys in Little Italy, and Harris reportedly is scouting Little Italy locations for a Neopolitan-style pizzeria, possibly to be called Francesca’s Pizzeria. And Alfredo Colle, the executive chef at Francesca’s Pizzeria Napoletana, remains on the company payroll.
Goodbye, Francesca’s! I will miss your delectable Za and hope to see another Chef Alfredo signature dish at a new Mia Francesca location.