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Jun 26, 2007 06:46 PM


I will be in Naperville visiting my son for 4 days in the next few weeks-we will go to Chicago several times I am sure- I wanted to know some local Naperville places for good Italian- steaks etc...No chains please- My son is on a limited budget and eats mainly at fast food chains-
Thanks for any suggestions
Charleston, SC

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  1. For Italian, I recommend Angeli's, Cafe Buonaro, and Capri. These restaurants are not fancy, but are family-owned red sauce Italian places. If you are looking for something a bit more upscale, I would recommend La Sorella di Francesca.

    I personally prefer Hugo's Frog Bar for steaks, which serves Gibson's steaks. I would avoid Sullivan's and Timpano -- although they are not bad, they are chains and are not as good, IMO, as Hugo's. This is just my opinions -- others may feel differently. Also, Tango is a chain, I believe (although there are no other locations in the Chicago area), but they serve good Argentinian style steaks (I would recommend their "world's longest steak" -- a rolled up skirt steak) and tapas.

    You should have good luck looking through old (and recent) threads, as Naperville frequently is discussed. I love your town (Charleston), by the way...It is a great restaurant city.

    4 Replies
    1. re: RMA

      The above Italian recommendations are right on. Gemato's is a good place for BBQ. Bangkok Village is a good place for Thai. I'm a big fan of Spring Garden located in a stip mall near the Route 59 metra station. Good fresh food. Indian Harvest is decent Indian food. The new Masala Yangu is solid for its East African fare. If you are looking for specifics - just ask.

      1. re: SirEatsALot

        On another Naperville site, I posted within the past few days about Rizzo's. I would recommend it for its pasta dishes and veal chop. It is on Jefferson St only a few doors away from La Sorella di Francesca, which I also recommend ( it is NOT a "red-sauce" Italian restaurant and its prices are reasonable). Rizzo's is not a "red sauce" place either and its pasta sauces are more creative and delicious - more like what you get in Rome or Florence..

        1. re: CJT

          Thanks for all the good recommendations- it looks like a great time in the near future-



          1. re: rayddd

            If your son likes oriental food, he should check out Joy Yee Noodles in the Iroquois Mall on Ogden Ave. He can chose from dozens and dozens of well-prepared main courses (Chinese, Thai, Korean, Japanese, Filipino, etc.) and many of these are $9.95 for a good-sized portion. Lan Dee is a Chinese restaurant worth trying also (replaced Grand Mandarin on Ogden Ave in Lisle). They have a $6.95 lunch buffet weekdays and on Sundays, an $8.95 buffet which adds peking duck in rice pancakes to justify the extra $2. Otherwise the menu is the same as at lunch.