Ciao Bella focuses on regional Tuscan cuisine, offering original recipes like Rigatoni Boscaiola (mushrooms, Calabrese sausage and peas sautéed in a tomato cream sauce), Pesce Bianco (white wine in a lemon caper sauce with bed of spinach garlic) and Tagliata Toscana (NY strip steak with rosemary, peppercorn, broiled and served with arugula and rosemary potatoes), among many other entrees. There's also a full array of home-made Italian-style thin-crust pizzas, all made with the freshest ingredients. Owner Joe Scalzo's favorite? The Quattro Stagioni, topped with tomatoes, artichokes, prosciutto and black olives. Located near many NW Indiana golf courses, Ciao Bella is a great 19th hole for lunch, dinner and a glass of wine. Visit ciaobellaonline.com or call (219) 322-6800.
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Asparagus is located minutes from The Star Plaza Theater in Merrillville and offers a unique blend of Thai, French and Vietnamese cuisines prepared from the finest and freshest ingredients. A perfect venue before or after a concert or show, experience relaxed fine dining and the gracious hospitality of owners, Tammy Pham and Sam Chung, in elegant surroundings. Also, enjoy martinis and a variety of cocktails at the renowned Martini Bar. Listen to live jazz each first and third Friday of the month. For menus and more information, visit asparagus.com or call for reservations at (219) 794-0000.
Ironwood Steakhouse, located in the clubhouse of White Hawk Country Club, is Northwest Indiana's premier steakhouse, serving Premium Gold Angus Beef. Open for dinner, Tuesday through Sunday, the steakhouse boasts a high quality menu and atmosphere, extensive wine list, and live piano music Friday and Saturday evenings. Visit whitehawkcountryclub.com for more information or call (219) 661-1300 to make a reservation. The golf course, banquet facilities and restaurant are all open to the public.
The former owners of Venezia Bar & Grill and Café Venezia, Benito and Hilda Gamba, have combined their efforts into Gamba Ristorante -- offering a five-star dining and event experience. Located in Merrillville near shopping and area hotels, the restaurant is housed in an architectural masterpiece, which is hard to miss with its circular design and copper roof. Modeled after upscale restaurants in exotic European locations, the menu offers classic Italian cuisine. The wine room boasts storage space for 1,000 bottles. A banquet hall holds up to 200 people and looks out onto an open courtyard, which is the perfect location for an intimate wedding reception or special event. Visit gambaristorante.com for more information or call for reservations at (219) 736-5000.
Located on the Downtown Historic Square of Crown Point, Indiana, a must-dine location is Amore Ristorante. Open daily at 11:00 am for lunch and dinner, Amore serves authentic Italian cuisine, as well as great steaks and chops. If you are in the mood for people-watching, request a table by the window and enjoy before or after dinner drinks on the upper level of the restaurant in the 109 Lounge -- the exclusive Martini and Sushi Bar. For more information, visit amore109.com or call (219) 663-7377.
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Buddy and Pal's Place offer the best in the Northwest Indiana for sports and entertainment . Stop in at any of the three locations for a cold one and enjoy great food in the Crown Point and Winfield locations by Maggie's & Us. Visit buddyandpals.com for more information on all 3 locations, or to book the party room for your next event at the Crown Point location, offering seating for 100!
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The owners of Theo's and their families are there to serve you and your family with the best service and their unique style. Located in Highland, Indiana, Theo's offer a selection of the finest steaks and chops along with an array of the freshest seafood, chicken and pasta selections. Theo's also extends their hospitality and professional services to assist you with any special occasions, parties, or personal needs you might have. For more information, visit theoshighland.com or call (219) 838-8000.