Recently, friends recommended we try da Baffone Cucina Italiana in Crystal Lake for dinner together. This turned out to be an excellent choice. Their careful attention was evident when they returned my call for reservations, suggesting that I change my 6:30 request to 6:00, so we would have ample time to enjoy our meal before the 8:00 seating.
They have a great menu, whether you are gluten free or not. I had one of the specials, a risotto with salmon, shrimp and scallops. Not only was it a delicious meal, the portion was very generous. The other diners at our table had eggplant parmigiana, chicken piccata, and gnocchi with meat sauce. Our waiter explained that many dishes can be prepared gluten free, besides the gluten free pasta and other non-gluten choices. Everyone praised their meal, and the prices are quite reasonable.
Desserts included a gelato flight (don’t miss the lemon ice gelato), and creme brûlée. In honor of my husband’s birthday, the restaurant treated him to a serving of tiramisu, plus limoncello all around! This generous gesture added a great deal to our appreciation of the restaurant.
You couldn’t ask for more from a waiter. Knowledgeable, considerate, and attentive without hovering – he had obviously had very good training.
If you’ve ever been frustrated in a noisy restaurant because you couldn’t carry on a conversation with your dinner companions, da Baffone is an example of the way you’d like things to be. This small, intimate restaurant creates a sophisticated but relaxed, quiet atmosphere.
On rare occasions, a meal in a restaurant can become a memorable event. Our experience at da Baffone was one of those special times.
It’s worth a trip to 111 North Main Street in Crystal Lake, 815-893-6149.