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Jest the way you like it: Highwood’s Buffo’s serves quality staples for 40 years

July 3, 2017 by Courtney Jacquin, Contributing Editor Life & Arts, Dining Out

When Leonard Innocenzi, known by most as Lenny, told his dad he wanted to open his own restaurant, his dad called him a “buffo” — Italian slang for clown.

In his 20s at the time, Innocenzi didn’t know much about the...

Filling up stomachs on empty

by Jacqueline Glosniak, Contributing Editor Life & Arts, Dining Out

Restaurants are one of those businesses that can seemingly pop up anywhere — inside airports, within the nooks of gentrifying neighborhoods or on the streets with food trucks. 

In Winnetka, one eatery is taking the...

Dining Out: Merlo’s celebrates five years in Highland Park

by Megan Bernard, Contributing Editor Life & Arts, Dining Out

Consistency is key at Merlo’s Italian Restaurant.

For the past five years, the Highland Park joint has been serving up the same dishes from its original menu — and, there’s nothing wrong with that, owner John Merlo...

Dining Out: North Branch’s root of success comes from community

by Michal Dwojak, Assistant Editor Life & Arts, Dining Out

Nick Philippas couldn’t help but wonder whether he made a big mistake when he opened Glenview’s North Branch.

The previous five establishments at the location only lasted a year each, and North Branch took some time to...