With a proven dedication to proper nutrition, Subway's wholly customizable sandwiches are the lunch of choice for a throng of speed skaters, champion swimmers, and NBA stars. A crew of dietitians and fitness professionals sow the seeds of wellness in a garden of hoagies, watered by heart-healthy condiments such as red-wine vinegar, sweet-onion sauce, and honey mustard. Value meals may be crafted with sidecars of fountain drinks and chips, milk and fruit, or imaginary french fries.
Nuova Italia's chefs take influences and recipes from the northern and southern regions of Italy to fill plates with wood-fire pizzas and helpings of handmade pasta. After looking through the menu, dig into the insalata capricciosa, which intermixes greens, black olives, artichokes, and gorgonzola cheese ($7.95). The gnocchi della casa ($13.95) unites potato-dumpling soldiers in matching uniforms of house-made marinara before infiltrating tummies to beat back hunger insurgencies. Buffalo mozzarella, arugula, prosciutto, and shaved parmesan perch on the pizza Nuova Italia ($15) as it emerges from Nuova's wood-burning oven. For dessert, plunge sweet teeth into a piece of chocolate flourless cake ($5.95) or lap up mouthfuls of gelato, in vanilla, chocolate, hazelnut or limone flavorings ($4.95+). On some nights, live music floats through the air, scoring meals like a sousaphone scores a clown walking down the street.
Today, Colonial Cafe & Ice Cream may have seven full-service family-friendly restaurants, but when it started in 1901, it was only a single small ice cream and dairy store. Now guests can settle into breakfast, lunch, and dinner at each of the eateries –and still enjoy the ice cream that put them on the map. They have garnered particular attention for their signature dish, the Kitchen Sink Sundae, which features two whole bananas, six scoops of ice cream (vanilla, chocolate, strawberry), whipped cream, chocolate, and chopped almonds with a cherry topper. It’s served in a large dish shaped like a kitchen sink with a S-pipe as the handle. And when diners finish it, they receive a bumper sticker that reads, “I Ate a Colonial Kitchen Sink.”
While ice cream reigns supreme, their breakfasts have also earned praise. They were voted “Best Breakfast” by the Elgin Courier News, Aurora Beacon News, and Naperville Sun. Favorites among the regulars include the stuffed very berry French toast and cinnamon roll French toast. Come dinnertime, they continue serving comfort foods including fresh baked meatloaf and a mac and cheese bacon melt, as well as sandwiches such as the pot roast French dip. The restaurant has also earned plaudits for its popularity with its littlest diners, grabbing the "Best Kid-Friendly Restaurant" designation in the Kane County Chronicle Reader's Choice awards.
At Papa Saverio’s Pizzeria’s newly opened South Elgin location, cooks plate pizzas in a variety of styles, from traditional Chicago deep dish to hand-rolled double-dough crusts. Toppings such as barbecue chicken, italian sausage, and fresh garlic bedeck create-your-own pies, and chefs construct specialties such as the pizza Bianca, slathered in Alfredo sauce. They also layer pans of baked lasagna and mostaccioli with sauce and cheese in gargantuan portions designed to feed four family members or that second cousin who’s actually a grizzly bear. House specialty racks of ribs brushed with barbecue sauce, shrimp, and fried chicken round out in-restaurant or catered dinners, which can also include italian beef, meatballs, and sauce-covered wings.
Though the name suggests they only serve one dish, the cooks at Simply Kabobs in fact have a wide culinary range. They take the robust flavors of Greek and Mediterranean cuisine and infuse them with American flourishes, from the intricacies of individual ingredients to discerning dessert pairings. And while kebabs paired with fluffy pitas, hummus, feta cheese, or eggplant dip may rule the menu, a selection of gyros, italian-beef sandwiches, polish sausages, and fresh wraps tempt taste buds equally. International desserts such as baklava give diners a sugary treat to end their meals or hand to a customs officer in lieu of a passport.
Moonstruck Food's culinary wizards mix locally sourced and organic ingredients to conjure up a menu of healthy interpretations of classic comfort fare and gluten-free goodies. Jump-start appetites without swallowing a pair of jumper cables by noshing on the grilled jumbo scallops sidled up against a sweet-onion-bacon cream sauce. The tender pot roast sets carrots, onions, and potatoes afloat in a pond of braising au jus, and the towering Meatloaf Nepolian stacks corn and mashed potatoes on slices of hearty meat before splashing on a coat of mushroom gravy. Bites of grilled stuffed pork loin pack humanely raised meat with spinach, mushroom, and mozzarella coated in a parmesan ivory sauce that pairs well with a glass of house wine and a conversation about cheesehead hats.