Until recently, European fusion fare was impossible to recreate in the United States due to its reliance on multiple languages and the unfathomable mysteries of the metric system. Convert Old World alliances into delicious cuisine with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of Mediterranean fusion fare at Raffi's on 5th in Naperville.
Raffi's culinary kingpins craft an eclectic menu filled with a mélange of Spanish, Italian, French, and Middle Eastern flavors. Reward your mouth for years of whistling service with an appetizer of smoked salmon ($5.95 for lunch; $8.95 for dinner) sidekicked with a swiss cheese crêpe and creamy yogurt-cucumber sauce before tongue trekking toward a juicy lamb kebab grill plate served with a rice pilaf and roasted vegetables ($11.95 for lunch; $18.95 for dinner). Lunch options stamp out afternoon stomach grumbles with sandwiches such as a grilled chicken panini with tomato and fresh basil ($8.95). Wines wait patiently to complement dinner dishes such as pei black mussels in a tomato and hot pepper broth ($9.95) and grilled pork chop with garlic mashed potatoes ($18.95), while complimenting them on their impeccable taste and ability to sit perfectly still.
Raffi's loft-like dining room boasts 40-foot ceilings, creating plenty of room for delicious aromas and pleasant conversation to mingle in the air. Visible only to the unclothed eye, a mix of exposed brick walls, paintings, and Middle Eastern rugs cloak Raffi’s spacious interior.
Raffi’s On Fifth
At Raffi's on 5th, chef Silverio Rodriguez alchemizes the cuisines of France, Italy, Spain, and other Mediterranean countries into a one-of-a-kind menu. A chandelier illuminates the exposed-brick walls and Middle Eastern rugs that feed eyes, while fork tines dive into steak, pasta, and seafood dishes. By marrying the cuisines of different cultures, chef Silverio paves the way for unique food pairings—meals may travel from an appetizer of goat-cheese fondue to an entree of lamb kebabs or a daily rotating pasta entree complemented by a sprawling wine list and periodic passport checks. The restaurant also presents catering options for feeding up to 500 people.