La cozy La Cave
Diners have spoken and they've named Cafe La Cave in the top 10 romantic restaurants in the Chicago area, according to OpenTable.com. Soak in the romance with items that have graced the Cafe La Cave menu for more than 40 years, including entrees such as the rack of lamb, chateaubriand, steak Diane and cherries jubilee. Nightly specials vary week to week.
Cafe La Cave is at 2777 S. Mannheim Road, Des Plaines. (847) 827-7818 or cafelacaverestaurant.com.
Lunch bunch at Buca
Treat the office to Buca di Beppo's primo banquet lunch package for parties of 20 or more. For $15.95 per person, choose two salads: mixed green, Caesar salad or the apple Gorgonzola salad; a choice of two pastas: spaghetti with marinara or meat sauce, ravioli al pomodoro; penne basilica; penne San Remo, and fettuccine Alfredo. Group packages include up to a five-course meal and timed bar options.
Buca di Beppo has locations in Lombard and Wheeling. bucadibeppo.com.
Beau Vigne dinner
Sit in on the Beau Vigne four-course wine dinner at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at Carlucci Restaurant. The evening begins with porcini mushroom soup paired with Amendment XXI Merlot. Dinner includes Chardonnay-poached pear and arugula salad, hand-rolled garganelli pasta, braised beef short ribs served with Beau Vigne Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. $95 per person (includes tax and gratuity).
Carlucci Restaurant, 1801 Butterfield Road, Downers Grove. (630) 512-0990 or carluccirestaurant.com.
-- Sara Hooker