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Reviewed September 8, 2021

This was a great surprise. We have never been there, however during covid we ordered take out. The food was piping hot and the taste was superb. We had several different dishes. All of them were excellent. They offered cannoli's instead of the wine option,...which was delicious. The only negative was the balsamic for the salad. The first time we ordered it was excellent, the second it tasted ransed{old}.More

Date of visit: March 2021
Reviewed August 6, 2021

What's a restaurant like this doing in Crystal Lake? Shouldn't da Baffone Cucina Italiana be more at home in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood? No matter, the trip to the far northwest suburb is worth the time and the traffic. Located at 111 North Main Street, south...of Route 176, north of Railroad Street, da Baffone is a bright, brick-walled kitchen serving classic southern Italian cuisine. Family-owned, it opened in 2010, includes a bar and is open from 4 to 8 Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday and 4 to 10 on Friday and Saturday. My half-Italian wife, whose father was born in southern Italy, applauds the menu, which features several veal dishes, pasta and seafood. For starters, we had bruschetta with grilled crostini, diced tomatoes, garlic and basil and Caesar salad with romaine, house-made garlic croutons and Caesar dressing. For entrees, we selected veal, which is rarely found on dinner menus, even in Italian restaurants. My wife chose veal saltimbocca, veal cutlets topped with prosciutto and sage, sauteed in white wine sauce, baked in mozzarella cheese and served with asparagus. I opted for veal parmigiana, lightly breaded veal medallions topped with house-made marinara sauce, baked with mozzarella cheese and served over penne pasta. For dessert, we shared tiramisu and creme brulee. Other popular items are spaghetti and meatballs, lasagna, veal Marsala sauteed with mushrooms and served with garlic mashed potatoes, sauteed shrimp and sea scallops and Lake Superior whitefish.More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed July 8, 2021

This was my first time at this Restaurant. Upon being seated I asked the waitress if we needed to hurry our order— I was told, “ No”. We had several courses, a bottle of wine, coffee and dessert. Upon finishing dessert the owner came over...to tell us we were over our allotted “Two Hours” dining time and told us we needed to leave. As I was leaving I went to speak to the owner but before I could say anything she responded with, “I know you’re not going to come back so thank you; goodbye.” She was so miserable to me it almost turned my stomach over the food that previously so delectable.More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed July 8, 2021

We had a great meal with wine, appetizers, our main meal and dessert with a cappuccino. The waitress was great. However the owner came out and informed we were over our time limit. She could could have asked nicely but she was rude and does...not care if we ever come back. So she made sure of that when she said all restaurants have a time limit. We had a great evening up to that point.More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed November 16, 2020

Excellent food and service. Nice romantic atmosphere in downtown Crystal Lake. Strongly recommend the Antipasto Salad and the Tiramisu for desert. I had the Veal Marsala and my wife had the Veal Picata.

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed July 18, 2020 via mobile

Great meal!! Arancini appetizer was excellent😋 Gorgonzola salad and braciole entree delicious. Service was perfect. Can’t wait to return!

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed March 13, 2020

This Italian restaurant is awesome! If you appreciate great Italian food then this is the place for you. Maggie, our server, was fantastic. She was so nice and helpful. She answered all of our questions on the menu. She recommended a wonderful bottle of wine...to pair beautifully with the lasagna meal. This is definitely a go to restaurant for everyday as well as special occasions.More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed March 5, 2020 via mobile

Delicious and reasonably priced variety of appetizers that can make a meal with a very nice selection of wines by the glass.

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed February 22, 2020 via mobile

Getting reservations is challenging and you cannot wait at the bar. Food is always awesome. Servers were great. Need a waiting area

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed February 21, 2020 via mobile

Great value on top quality authentic Italian food. There is not many tables here, so make a reservation on weekends. The food here in on par with even some of the best in Italy. Great family owned vibe with top notch service. Check it out,...you will not be disappointed!More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Frequently Asked Questions about da Baffone Cucina Italiana

Yes, da Baffone Cucina Italiana offers takeout services.

da Baffone Cucina Italiana is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5