Bella Bacino’s in LaGrange has a great variety of food. I’ve not had a chance to go there for breakfast or lunch yet, but the dinner was supberb. There were so many choices. (Check them out!)
My boyfriend and I ended up splitting a red bell pepper cream soup that was delicious; there was a perfect balance of creamy texture and smooth red pepper taste.
For dinner, we split the special of the night; stuffed chicken breast with spinach, fontina cheese, and red bell peppers. Superb. The chicken was so tender, and the baby spinach and fontina were balanced perfectly. Not one flavor dominated. The mashed potatoes are among the best I’ve had. Anywhere.
The wine list was unbelievable; it took up a whole binder. Our server didn’t know much about wine, so she was kind enough to send over the owner. To say his knowledge about wine was impressive is an understatement. He helped us picked out a bottle of old-vine Zinfadel called Highlands. The vineyard is owned by a long-time friend of his, but recommending this wine was not based on loyalty- it was amazing. It’s one of my favorite wines now! A lot of wines on the list you can only purchase by the bottle. Bella Bacino’s, however, is liscenced to package your leftover wine to take home.
The service was impeccable. We were impressed by how friendly and approacheable the owner was. The food was flawless. Decor was intimate and very pretty. Prices were mid-range (Not including the wine, our bill was $34). Considering portion size and quality, it’s quite a deal.
This is not a restaurant to be missed!
Bella Bacino’s has two locations. The one I visited was:
36 S. LaGrange Road. LaGrange, IL. (708) 352-8882
Their location in Chicago is:
75 E. Wacker Drive. Chicago, IL. (312) 263-0070
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