It’s extremely refreshing to see a restaurant of this caliber in St. Charles, IL.; read on and you’ll see why.
James and I just moved to the Western suburbs – if you’ve been following my posts, my husband knocked me up and we quickly made a move out to Batavia where we would no longer endure 3 hour daily commutes to our day time jobs in the western suburbs. I was completely torn up when we packed up all our things and left our awesome downtown loft…I thought that Olive Garden’s and Chili’s would become my staple restaurants.
I first heard of Isacco Kitchen when I saw it walking to a nearby bar (no worries, I drank O’Douls) on my way to watch one of the last games of the NHL playoff’s before the Hawks won the Stanley Cup(!). I was immediately intrigued at the yellow exterior, pretty landscaping and unique spelling of the restaurant name. At first, I didn’t quite understand how to read the name but later learned it was just the letter “A” sideways.
Little did I know, restaurants like Isacco’s exist here!! Just think, “Blackbird, minus the foam”. Unique and fresh ingredients prepared by highly skilled hands.
This trendy little restaurant was just about to close after their lunch service on a Saturday afternoon when we drove up. Luckily the waiter saw us and quickly ran into the kitchen to double check with Chef if he wanted to continue serving us. I’m SO glad he did because this was absolutely one of the best meals I’ve had THIS YEAR (see my Macku Sushi review for the other oustanding meal) . We were also STARVING as we had spent the morning painting our kitchen. We don’t normally eat like this for lunch but we felt it was well deserved!
It was a gorgeus day and not too hot so we opted for a seat outdoors on their cozy patio overlooking a highly professional landscape and herb pots. J and I perused the menu and immediately a few things caught our eyes.
Should you decide to try Isacco – all of our dishes were superb, fresh and organic! Turns out Chef Isacco was executive Chef on one of the most prestigious cruise ship lines in the world and has experience cooking using flavors from all over the world.
Let’s begin with the Beef Tartare – You can’t really see but the tartare appears to be properly chopped with the double knife method, then garnished with mustard, chives and seasoning. Although I’m NOT supposed to eat any raw food, I couldn’t help myself but take a small taste and it was one of the best tartare’s in the city (would you believe that the tartare at Paramount Room is pretty kick ass too?)
I opted for the seared Diver Scallops appetizer and I felt like I was ripping the restaurant off by ordering this – 4 giant succulent scallops seared to perfection and paired with organic greens, ratatouille and mango papaya relish – $11 – I couldn’t make it at home for $11!!!!
One sexy dish…
Our entree’s were also outstanding and a steal for the price:
Rack of Lamb with artichoke salad (it’s artichoke season and these were yummy!), aged percorin, balsamic and crispy potatoes au gratin ($15) I couldn’t believe there were 4 full chops – again, I can’t do it for this cheap at home!!
Finally, my entree was slightly screwed up – it was supposed to come with gnocchi but Chef accidentally made pasta but I’m REALLY glad because I was more in the mood for pasta than gnocchi’s. DID I MENTION THAT THEY HAND MAKE THEIR PASTAS??? Chef came to talk to us and told us about his Italian pasta roller – and he has every right to be proud because the noodles were soft, tender and had the perfect bite. Served with perfectly seasoned and melt in your mouth oxtail. One of my favorite cuts of beef.
If you’re in the suburbs looking for a high caliber restaurant, please – try Isacco Kitchen – it’s definitely going to be one of my favorite restaurants in Chicagoland. I can’t wait to go back for dinner and pay suburban prices for City of Chicago quality food. (Entrees maxed out at $21).
Categories: Restaurants, Lounges [Edit]210 Cedar St
St. Charles, IL 60174