Mystery Diner: La Notte Due doubles down on flavor

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.

Mystery Diner: Big Hurt Brewhouse new player on pub scene in Berwyn

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.

Mystery Diner: Dao explores sushi and Thai cuisines

Finding a restaurant that delectably delivers on its promise of multiple cuisines in one menu can be an arduous task.

Mystery Diner: Fuego in Brookfield celebrates Mexican favorites

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.

Mystery Diner: Bien Trucha treats Glen Ellyn to a toda madre

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.

Mystery Diner: Two Brothers brewpub worth the hunt

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.

Mystery Diner: La Buona Vita brings Italy to La Grange

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.

Mystery Diner: Union House serves big flavor on small plates

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.