You could stand on a corner and look around until a restaurant sign draws you in. But we've got a better idea. Each week, Patch picks a great restaurant either in town or nearby that is worth checking out. Here's this week's choice:
Overview: Tribella Bar and Grill's Italian-American menu keeps repeat customers raving about their food.
Decor: The restaurant carries an Italian bistro theme throughout the dining areas with rich wood flooring and plastered Venetian walls. The tables are covered in white linens, but there is nothing pretentious about the atmosphere.
The Drinks: Tribella has a full bar for cocktails and beer, as well as an impressive wine list. Wines range from $24 for a big name Chardonnay to $150 top brand California Cabernet.
Appetizers: The appetizer menu features items you would expect with Italian fare such as Bruschetta Con Mozzarella ($6.95) and Fried Calamari ($7.95). The Carpaccio ($8.95) is a gourmet addition worthy of a taste; made with thinly sliced beef sirloin topped with avocado, tomatoes, asparagus, mushrooms, capers and Italian cheese.
Entrees: Steaks come from the grill and are available in various cuts. The 8oz fillet minion ($24.95) is served with Barolo wine demi-glaze and garlic mashed potatoes. Chicken Saltamboca ($15.95) comes topped with prosciutto, fontina cheese, and a wine butter sage sauce; asparagus and garlic mashed potatoes come on the side. For an American Bistro twist on an Italian classic try the Italian Beef Stroganoff ($15.95), made with beef tenderloin tips, mushrooms and onions; in a creamy sauce.
Sides: Dishes range from Sauteed Spinach ($4.95) to Crispy Potatoes ($3.95). Try a side of Linguini Pormodoro ($5.95) and add pasta to any entree.
Desserts: The classic Italian dessert, Tiramisu ($5.95), and Italian sorbets ($5.95) are staples on the menu. For a richer taste, try the Chocolate Cake ($5.95).
Service: Reservations for dinner on weekends is suggested. The service is friendly and efficient, with knowledgeable waitstaff.
Address: 1900 Mill St., Batavia, IL.