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Italian, Wine Bar
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Talk about a gem of a place in the middle of the corn fields, but also the vineyards of this Winery and Restaurant. The restaurant is beautifully decorated in authentic Italian marble and decor, the food is fabulous made fresh from their Italian Chef and...the service was top notch! Hats off to your service, Mitch; one of the best we've every had. We've been to many high end restaurants around the world and would highly recommend this place and ask for Mitch if you can!! Julie our Wine Tour host was also exceptional and very informative and passionate on our tour!More

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed December 7, 2019 via mobile

Acquaviva in Maple Park has been a top favorite of ours for years. The venue is spectacular inside, and also has the charming pergola outside for warm weather. In daytime you can also enjoy the view of the vineyard across the highway. We had a...group of 20 there, and enjoyed bruschetta with mozzarella and the best fried calamari around for appetizers, family style. Various people in the group had the sea scallops with risotto (superb), the salmon, or the filet (both excellent), and various other dishes, but my favorite is the zuppa di pesce (seafood mélange in red sauce on linguine). Fabulous! There are also excellent pasta dishes, for instance a delicious sort of rolled up lasagne with spinach. We think their wines are the best from the Midwest, and the Don Giuseppe is world class. At our event we had excellent service: they couldn’t do enough for us. We are looking forward to the next time we enjoy a fine meal at Acquaviva.More

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed August 23, 2019

The venue offers a lovely view of the surrounding fields. However, the food and wine were extremely disappointing. We had a nondescript chicken dish which most diners did not finish (over 300 attendees) as evidenced by the food left on plates. The appetizers were an...desserts were ok.More

Date of visit: August 2019
Reviewed August 9, 2019 via mobile

Website doesn’t warn of being closed, Google has wrong hours, there is no voicemail or message set up for here and last time we tried to eat here there was a handwritten note on the door that said,” Closed for family vacation”...and if I recall...something like,”returning soon”...because that’s descriptive.More

Date of visit: August 2019
Reviewed March 31, 2019

We did the wine tasting at the wine.bar and had an enjoyable experience,in most part due to our server,who was a jovial British chap. We decided to have dinner in the restaurant and because of the time of day(3:30) our server became our waiter. All...the choices sounded great but with our waiter's insight we ordered two of the veal dishes. He did not steer us wrong. The dishes were marvelous. We finished up with the lemonce!lo desert which was light and the perfect ending to an amazing Italian meal.More

Date of visit: March 2019
Reviewed July 30, 2018 via mobile

We’ve been dining at Acquaviva for years. Excellent Italian dishes, including pastas, fish, chicken, scallops and even vegetarian. We always start with grilled Octopus and calamari. It is very fresh and well prepared with a balsamic dressing. The salmon is excellent, the sea bass we...had a few months ago was to die for. We ordered the veal Piccata and rigatoni with beef and wild mushrooms were both excellent choices. You just can’t go wrong. Top that with their own wine that is so reasonably priced (our fave is Don Giuseppe at $30, the most expensive bottle!) and the incredible ambiance, you’ve got a winner. We sat on the patio overlooking the vineyard. Inside the frescoes and Italian decor are classy and picture-worthy. Even though we’ve moved out of state, dinner at Acquaviva is a must each time we return.More

Date of visit: July 2018
Reviewed February 15, 2018

I was here for an office celebration lunch and it was terrific! We had lunch and a wine tasting, in which we got to taste 3 whites and 3 reds throughout the meal. Appetizers were just okay, but my meal was excellent! I wish I...could remember what it was called, but it was 3 different pieces of fish, served over yellow lentils. Outstanding! I didn't have dessert, but my co-workers were crazy for the Lemoncello dessert. Service was fine.More

Date of visit: February 2018
Reviewed November 11, 2017 via mobile

This was our 4 th visit to the place and all have been outstanding. The food has been excellent. Done thoughtfully with large portions at a reasonable price point. My has had both the white fish and the salmon and feels both are among the...best she has ever eaten. My favorites are the chicken parmesan and a Italian sausage dish with peppers onions and mushrooms in a marinara like sauce that is excellent. Another surprise for us was the wine. Who new Illinois wine could taste so good. This has to be one of the very best in our area.More

Date of visit: November 2017
Reviewed September 17, 2017

I was there for a wedding and was very disappointed in my, overall, experience. For what the family paid for their special event, the service and food should have been top notch. Instead, you had teenagers and college kids waiting on you and serving you,...and none of them knew what they were doing. I asked for oil and vinegar for my friend's salad, and it was as if I asked for a million dollars. Another disconcerting habit the wait staff had was pouncing on you to take your plate away before you were, barely, able to swallow your food. My entree was a filet, and it was dry, overdone and not of good quality. There were quite a few cancellations on the wedding day and because plates were all ready paid for, the restaurants offered upgrades. Where? An upgrade is asking for Grey Goose vodka for your Cosmo and having it. Instead, the bar only carried Absolut. Management needs to step it up a long way in order to consider its food and service a high quality experience.More

Date of visit: September 2017
Reviewed July 21, 2017 via mobile

Third time here. The best. Great food and very good wine. I stick to the Italian food especially the sausage with peppers mushrooms and onions. They show it with mashed potatoes but I get it with pasta. Delicious. My wife loves the salmon and our...friends loved the pasta dishes. Wine is surprisingly good. Place is very nice and our service has always been spot on. Will be back.More

Date of visit: July 2017
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