213 N. Main St.
Galena Illinois 61036United States
Midwest Living Recommends
A great location, fascinating pedigree and eclectic menu make this a top dining choice if you're looking for an upscale meal.
This lovely restaurant, a centerpiece in downtown Galena, has a menu that's a bit all over the board but predominantly Italian. That's part of its charm, as is the building in which it's located -- an old stone structure with a historic pedigree (It was once a leather store owned by Ulysses S. Grant's father). If you're lucky enough to sit along the windowed facade, you'll get a great street view of shoppers and tourists while you sample the restaurant's signature Italian bread covered in grated Parmesan and served with a homemade rosemary-infused olive oil. They have a nice selection of Italian options, of which only the lasagna and chicken Marsala can be described as traditional. Among the appealing choices are a wild mushroom ravioli ($18.99), a gouda-Gorgonzola mac-and-cheese with sausage ($21.99) and seafood pasta aglio with sweet peppers ($24.99). Not everything on the menu is Italian, though, which can be confusing but provides options if you're not in the mood a tomato or cream sauce. Among the choice are steaks, including a New York strip covered in blue cheese ($29.99) and an espresso-encrusted filet ($28.99), and seafood, such as the Norwegian salmon ($23.99) and the seared sea scallops ($28.99). We sampled the spinach and roasted garlic-stuffed tortelloni made with asparagus, zucchini and tomatoes and tossed in a citrus cream sauce. While a bit light on tortelloni, the sauce was perfect and the veggies were plentiful.