You are about to find out what really gets me excited.  Finding amazing new places in my own backyard.  These are places I can spend time with my husband, friends, and family.  Just thinking about them puts a smile on my face.  You know when you can just envision the fun girls night out or the exciting date that you will have there and anticipation swells? 

Acuqua Viva Winery in Sycamore Il. is just my jam, and I think it should be yours, too! Wine tastings and samplings.  If you haven't been I am here to convince you to go.  If it has been a while, there is plenty going on to try out. 

Wine? Check. Amazing food? Check.  Friendly and fun atmosphere? Check. 

I am captivated by the location of Acquaviva in Sycamore because the best conversations seem to happen there.  Double dates, large parties, girls night out, or the occasional glass of wine solo.   This is my happy place. 

 

 Pizza Alla Quattro Stagioni

Pizza Alla Quattro Stagioni

They offer a wide variety of specials nightly most of which are filled with the freshest seafood and seasonal produce offerings. The best fish I have ever eaten was at their restaurant, and this includes places I have visited on the coast.  It is delish. 

 Oysters Rockefeller - Tuesday night special (and date night with thehubs)

Oysters Rockefeller - Tuesday night special (and date night with thehubs)

Here is a sampling of the specials at Acuqua

Raw Oyster Tuesday (hubby's five)

Nightly Seafood Specials

Ladies Night - $5 Martini Thursdays    

Lunch Thursday and Friday

Sporting Event specials
Sangria.  No need to say more.
Wine tastings and samplings
Seasonal specials using state garden on the Acquaviva Maple Park Property
Local Lamb - locally sourced and butchered onsite

 Escargot Crostini

Escargot Crostini

Delicious and exciting flavored dishes severed up generously. 

Tables are close enough to encourage conversation with the ones nearby, and this is a regular occurrence. I meet a new neighbor, exchange a story, and discuss the yummy things we delight in.  .  The conversation is interesting and something happens when I am in this space.  It is hard to describe but it transports me.  I am not in Sycamore, I am not in a restaurant, but I am fully present in the moment.  My tablemates(s) are all that matters and I am fully vested.  This is a place you just don't want to put out the electronics and detach, it doesn't feel right here. 

Eating here means stretch pants when I get home, I just can't help myself it is just that good.  

 Kale Frutta Salad - my favorite!

Kale Frutta Salad - my favorite!

And speaking of good we should probably talk chocolate.  I am not able to personally report on any desserts other than the chocolates.  If chocolate is your jam than it is important that you save room for the sweet offerings.  I am pretty sure I have almost lost my mind over a chocolate cake served warm.  I don't think it can be done better.

 Chocolate Truffle.  Heavenly and decadent!

Chocolate Truffle.  Heavenly and decadent!

Time passes quickly, meals are served slowly, and wine is poured abundantly.  Yes I must recommend you give it a try- over and over again.  No need for an excuse, and if you need a dinner mate look no further {raising my hand}. 

Enjoy, and if you have a favorite spot you love share it here!