Franchesco’s Ristorante: Three Generations Celebrate Italian Dining

The Salamone family has spent the past 30 years serving impeccable food at Francesco’s Ristorante. Discover how these Sicilian natives took their business from a pizzeria to a fine dining establishment.

16 Unforgettable Wedding Venues

Before you say “I do,” check out some of our region’s most elegant, unique and otherwise special locations for hosting your wedding day.

Smart Living Weekly – October 28, 2015

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Franchesco’s Opens Fresco at Anderson Japanese Gardens

Rockford’s newest eatery delivers more than an inventive menu of fresh, organic and locally sourced cuisine — it also brings together two local favorites in an exciting approach to dining.

Smart Living Weekly – November 19, 2014

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Wedding Stories: Dream Destinations for Your Big Day

We’ve looked high and low for some of this area’s most spectacular wedding destinations. Discover some of our favorites, and discover exclusive content from the stories of couples who recently said “I do.”

Local Restaurants Present Healthful Options

Healthy eaters can breathe a sigh of relief, as local restaurants are catching on to the latest eating trends. Meet four local chefs who are helping a fitness center to take up the charge, with some delightful new dishes.

NWQ Online Exclusive: A Night at Franchesco’s

Our mouths are still watering after this tasty dinner and tour inside Franchesco’s Ristorante, in Rockford. Explore the glitzy new building and see some of the delectable dishes we sampled, as this classic restaurant promotes its special-filled new menu.

Franchesco’s Ristorante

7128 Perry Creek Parkway
(across from JMK Nippon)
Rockford, IL
815.229.0800

BIFF Red Carpet Extends to More Artists, Viewers

With more venues in more cities, this year’s Beloit International Film Festival is drawing crowds from around the world and our region. Discover what’s on the lineup this year.