It was a mere 24 years ago Cucina Paradiso opened its doors to the public in the heart of downtown Oak Park. Foodies have enjoyed countless sips of flavorful wines, numerous bites of picturesque pizzas, and infinite forkfuls of mouthwatering pastas over the years and the love for this modern Italian eatery continues to grow with each passing day.
The magic that is Cucina comes partly from the ambiance and design of the welcoming dining space, but mostly it comes from the people who helped open it in the first place. “I always wanted to do a full-service restaurant where I grew up. I wanted a dining room that would be memorable along with excellent food and service,” says co-owner Anthony Gambino.
24 years is an applause worthy milestone, and it’s easy to see why Cucina has been as successful as it has. Passion seeps out of their reclaimed woodwork and change is always afoot in both the kitchen and the business. Gambino continues to explain that adaptation and change are at the forefront of the restaurant’s belief system. “You have to always want to look for change, improvement, and guest feedback.” And Cucina does just this.
Gambino also notes the importance of returning customers and the value of being in a supportive community that has rallied behind the restaurant. “It’s extremely gratifying knowing we are serving 2nd generation families who continue to support us by celebrating their special occasions with us or by simply coming in for dinner.” Cucina Paradiso has clearly put the time and effort into establishing itself as a staple of the Oak Park dining scene.
The three-years running OpenTable Diner’s Choice Winner is looking forward to celebrating with an exciting limited-edition special. On October 21st, 22nd and 23rd come in and luck out with a three-course menu from Cucina’s kitchen, all for the price of $24.
As a diner, you’ll have the chance to select from a pre-fixed list of delightful starters— think bacon-wrapped dates or fried calamari— followed by an enticing array of entrees that range from a gorgeous grilled Atlantic salmon to a juicy beef tenderloin. If that isn’t incentive enough, the third course dessert selections alone should spur you to celebrate with the possibility of a chocolate lave cake, bread pudding, or tiramisu. Additionally, for the wine lovers out there, Cucina Paradiso is offering a special on select bottles for $24 dollars.
Reservations will fill up fast for this special occasion, so be sure to make yours now!