When was the last time you enjoyed a dinner date with delicious food and dancing after dessert? At Mandile’s Restaurant & Banquets, the dining experience satisfies more than your palate. On weekends the restaurant appeals to the active, social side of diners who appreciate dancing to live music. With an impressive wine collection and crafted cocktails, this restaurant-nightclub gives you a reason to linger just a little bit longer.
Mandile’s serves fresh, authentic and inspired Italian cuisine throughout the week. The sauces, dressings, and pasta are all handmade daily from scratch with the best natural ingredients. The menu selection is filled with traditional Italian dishes from family recipes including their signature housemade Lasagna.
But don’t be surprised if tradition offers a twist with a tempting modern interpretation.
Executive Chef Gumaro Castillo isn’t shy about introducing new dishes developed during his 20 years in the kitchen.
For the Ravioli Cosenza dish he refines a delectable creamy saffron sauce. He serves it with house made ravioli that is stuffed with Scamorza cheese and then he tops it with aged Parmigiano. Delicious.
Mandile’s guests also love the blend of flavors in Chef Castillo’s brick oven pizzas, with ingredients like plum tomatoes, artichoke, fire roasted pepper, portobello, zucchini and Italian sausage complementing a variety of delicious Italian cheeses.
Michael Mandile started managing the 16-year old family business operations just a few years ago. He’s reaching out to diners on social media, using the Open Table reservation app, and responding personally to reviews the restaurant receives. He’s also the sure-fire fresh food advocate at the restaurant.
Much of the food and ingredients are sourced locally, including fresh fish from the Randolph Street market downtown. The menu changes seasonally to infuse it with what’s fresh.
But the night is not over once your stomach is happy and your date is smiling back at you. It’s time to dance to live music or just enjoy the romance evoked by the twinkling white Italian lights that dangle above the tables dressed in red.
Dare to try a new, fun, dining experience at Mandile’s. To learn what’s going on and when follow Mandile’s on Facebook or Twitter or visit Mandile’s website. There you can learn what’s on the menu, what special events are planned, how you can plan your own event at Mandile’s and how they will host your party at home through their catering service. Also, check the website to learn when live bands are playing.
For a sure thing, Michael Mandile recommends the following from the menu:
Buratta Con Culatello (Hand stuffed buffalo mozzarella. Imported artesian style prosciutto)
Griglia Mista (Grilled calamari, shrimp, octopus, arugula, tomato, onion, sweet balsamic and olive oil drizzle)
Salmone Milito (Fresh Alaskan salmon topped with calamari, roasted pepper, spinach, cherry tomato, toasted garlic and white win over Arborio risotto.)
Manicotti Cosenza (Hand stuffed manicotti with Portobello mushroom, goat, ricotta, and buffalo mozzarella cheeses baked in a tomato cream sauce.)
Red – Casa Tiene “Blackbird” Santa Barbara, California
White – Ruffino “Lumina” Tuscany, Italy
Fresh Raspberry Martini
Blood Orange Cosmo
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Mandile’s Restaurant & Banquets is located at 2160 Lake Cook Road in Algonquin, at the northeast corner of Lake Cook Road and Algonquin Road, a stone’s throw from Barrington Hills. CLICK HERE to find Mandile’s on Facebook. To make a reservation, call 847-458-4000 or book your table online at MandilesRestaurant.com.