Oak Brook Taste

Appears in the September 2019 issue.

Tomato salad with feta and cucumber

Four Lettuce Entertain You restaurant brands will host a special culinary event on September 23. Chefs from Mon Ami Gabi, Beatrix, AnticoPosto, and Wildfire have created a four-course menu with wine pairings to showcase offerings from each location. $75/person. Passed appetizers and first pairing at 6:30 p.m., seated dinner at 7 p.m. Call 630.586.9000 for reservations. Wildfire, 232 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook. wildfirerestaurant.com


Pappardelle al cinghiale

Restaurateur Wendy Reed opened the comfortable eatery Gaetano’s in downtown Batavia with a partner in 2014. But after a medical leave of absence last year, Reed took sole ownership of the business in 2019 and has rebranded the Italian restaurant with a new name: Veritá, which means truth in Italian. 

“The inspiration for the name comes from Roman mythology and the story of Veritas, the beautiful goddess,” says Reed. She worked closely with a designer to implement new signage, intended to attract the eyes of pedestrians and motorists passing the restaurant’s prime location at the corner of River and Wilson Streets, as well as to put her personal mark on the space. 

“This is about how our restaurant has evolved. We are upscale without being pretentious,” says Reed. “We think our love for the food shows in every dish we serve, and our love for our guests shows in how we welcome them in and invite them to be a part of our family for the evening.”

Menu favorites include handmade pasta, crab cake al chipotle ai frutta, and filetto di chinghiale (Wild Boar tenderloin). veritabatavia.com