The phrase "la notte due" roughly translates from Italian as "the second night," but La Notte Due could easily rank a first place in the local Italian dining pantheon.
Heading to a restaurant named after one of my childhood heroes was an exciting prospect, and the food at Big Hurt Brewhouse did not disappoint.
Finding a restaurant that delectably delivers on its promise of multiple cuisines in one menu can be an arduous task.
Directly across from the Metra rail crossing, on the corner of Grand Boulevard and Brookfield Avenue, sits 1-year-old Fuego, a quaint respite from the everyday. In a cleverly designed building, the traditionally decorated Fuego is a cantina in the truest sense, a handy place to stop for a Margarita or a cold beer, and some tasty Mexican classics.
Newcomer a toda madre is a testament to the importance of culinary balance. The Mexican eatery, transplanted to Glen Ellyn by Geneva's Bien Trucha, opened late in 2014, with equal parts sophistication and comfort.
Two Brothers Tap House in Warrenville isn't as showy a dining venue as its landmark Roundhouse digs in Aurora, but gives patrons a ringside seat at the actual brewery. The tasty fare complements not only Two Brothers' extensive creations and sampling opportunities, but more than 50 additional bottled craft brews from the U.S. and around the world.
When you're craving the taste of Italy, there's no need to empty your savings account on plane tickets and hotel stays. Just head to downtown La Grange and visit La Buona Vita to experience delicious, homemade Italian fare.
It was a sunny and chilly December day when my companion and I decided to head to Union House American Kitchen in Winfield for lunch.
In the world of foodie indulgence, brunch has become king. Stacks of fluffy pancakes with farmer's market berries and house-made creme fraiche fill up Instagram profiles. Breakfast foods with a dozen different kinds of artisanal ingredients dot menus across the country.
It was a crisp autumn morning when my friend and I walked into Sage Kitchen + Bar in Bolingbrook.
Having heard the restaurant's roots go back to 1956, and that a family recipe for thin-crust pizza is behind the longevity, we decided to visit Armand's Pizzeria in downtown Elmhurst.
When eating out, it is a rare find that strikes the perfect balance between upscale cuisine and casual comfort, but downtown La Grange gastropub Wild Monk does just that.
Discovering an abundance of delicious options on a menu is particularly pleasing, given my dining companion's finicky nature when it comes to food choices. John & Tony's Ristorante in West Chicago ably meets the challenge with offerings of steak and seafood to pasta, pizza and burgers.
Gracing the corner of a brick shopping center, just off Ogden Avenue and Pasquinelli Drive, sits Citrus Diner, where a fresh and filling feast awaits.
Food cravings have a way of burrowing down into the absolute pit of my stomach and staying there until satiated. Like a troll under a bridge controlling the action, my stomach often waves a hand at the trifles of a salad and instead demands a giant slice of pizza.