the Del Rio Restaurant
228 Green Bay Road, Highwood, IL                            (847) 432-4608
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The following is our temporary menu during the COVID crisis.

Our menu is easy.  We just find and prepare the freshest, highest quality ingredients in the same way you'd find it in our home or in the small mountain town near Bologna, Italy, from which our family came over 100 years ago.  Our presentations are simple, with emphasis on taste, texture and quality.

We consider our menu to have real value.
We combine classic Italian fare with new and creative dishes, while paying full attention to both.

Antipasto and Pasta

Bruschetta di Pomodoro10.50
GF Prosciutto and Melon 13.95
GF Stella’s Sausage and Peppers16.95
GF Shrimps Scampi15.95
GF Portabella Mushroom Polenta 14.50
Pasta Prosciutto 15.95
Delicate Spinach Pasta rolled around Prosciutto

Garlic Bread 5.50

GF Antipasto for Two 15.95
Traditional Spiced Meats, Cheeses, Fruit and Other Goodies

La Charcuterie16.95
Our daily selection of three Artisan meats from Creminelli Salumis and a sampling of three domestic and imported cheeses served with our own Giardiniera, our own brined Olive Mix, Rosemary and Sea Salt Crostini, and our Pear Mostardo ( A sweet and savory Italian fruit condiment for cheese and meat)

Polenta Sticks 7.50
Crispy Polenta fries dusted with Grana Padano Cheese

SoupsTortellini 13.50Minestrone5.95

SaladsGF Caprese Our version featuring sweet yellow and red cherry tomatoes,10.50
Ciliegia Mozzarella Cheese, fresh sweet Basil and our House Dressing.
GF Beet A trio of Heirloom Ruby, Golden and Candy Cane Beets served13.95
around a bed of crisp Arugula with a dollop of Mascarpone and Balsamic
GF Francesca Salad Dinner 14.50Side 9.50
Mixed Greens with Fresh Berries, Gorgonzola and Walnuts
** Our Caesar Salad7.50
GF Beefsteak Tomato and Onion with Gorgonzola 8.50



GF Risotto Milanese or Wild Mushroom10.50
Ravioli al Forno9.50

Pasta and Rice

Spaghetti** 17.50
Spaghetti Carbonara** 22.95
Ravioli al Forno20.95
Baked Lasagna20.95
Angel Hair Marinara19.95

Seafood Rotini**24.95
Vegetable Rotini** 20.95
GF Risotto Milanese20.95
GF Mushroom Risotto20.95 Fettuccini Del Rio19.95 Pasta Prosciutto22.95

GF denotes Gluten Free,** denotes may be made Gluten Free


Eggplant Parmesan in an herbed Tomato Sauce 24.50
GF Shrimps Scampi Tender Tiger Shrimps in an herbed Wine Butter Sauce 28.50
GF Chicken Evviva Boneless, Skinless Breasts baked in a light, healthy24.95
Herbed white Wine Sauce. Topped by a light coating of Gran Padano Cheese
**Chicken Cacciatore24.95
Half Chicken delicately baked in an herbed Tomato Sauce of Wine and Mushrooms
Served as is tradition over Polenta
**Chicken Parmesan24.95
Boneless breasts baked in herbed tomato sauce, topped with finest Italian Cheeses
Veal Del Rio Fine, thin cut, lightly breaded, Baked in lightest lemon butter sauce 29.50

Short Ribs of Beef
Braised in a Port Wine Sauce served with Polenta and Asparagus28.50

Veal Modenese in the most delicate of dishes. Vermouth Cream with Prosciutto and a Light topping of Gran Padano Cheese accented by our home-made Fettuccini 29.50
Veal Parmesan Our traditional presentation of this old family dish 29.50
GF Our Special Pork Chop26.50 A truly great Iowa Pork Chop,
served with our low-carb Veggie
GF Rosemary Veal Chop Grand Priz de Veau Group raised for us in Franklin, Wisconsin. 39.50 GF Tenderloin Filet the finest available
Five Ounce 29.50Eight Ounce 38.50
GF Our Famous Waygu New York Strip Steak14 Ounce 46.50
Steaks can be prepared “Al Forno”
with Italian Cheeses and Garlic if you like.

Cioppino has been a favorite of mine from my time living in San Francisco in the early sixties. I often had this "catch of the day" at the great but, at that time, very small waterfront restaurant, Scoma's. Ours consists of Mussels, Scallops, Shrimp and our fish of the day in a truly elegant sauce. 29.50

Each Night We Offer a Selection of the Freshest Ocean Seafood
Baked in Lemon Butter, Wine or done in our healthful Evviva Style (Herbed Wine Sauce crusted with Gran Padano Cheese)

Entrees Include a simple Salad and Choice of Spaghetti, Rigatoni, Fettuccini or Vegetables. Gnocchi, Ravioli, Tortellacci, Spaghetti Al Forno and Ravioli Al Forno and Roast Vegetables are available to replace your pasta side for a modest additional charge of 3.50.

the Del Rio Temporary Menu
Small Plates Here is our current spin on some of our family's very traditional dishes. Larger than an appetizer, but certainly not a main course, Piccoli Piatti (Small Dishes) are perfect for sampling and sharing.

1. Scampi Grana Padano


5. Bruschetta Pomadori10.50

Shrimps Surrounded by our home made Fettuccini
2.Ravioli Four Ways14.50 Ravioli Bolognese, Ravioli al Forno,
Tortellacci Tomato Cream nd Tortellacci Pesto
3.Seared Sea Scallops di Modena15.50
Scallops Surrounded by our home made Fettuccini
4.Prince Edward Island Mussels
Prepared garlic free in a savory Sambuca, Wine and Butter Broth over Pasta and a Confetti of Fresh Basil and Tomato

Fresh red and yellow beefsteak tomatoes, a touch of sweet Vidalia onion in our house dressing topped with Grana Padano and Basil.
6.Sausage and Peppers16.95 Contri Brothers Sausage still made at Poeta's Grocery served with my
Mother's Sweet recipe Peppers.
7.Beet Salad 13.95
Ruby red, golden and candy cane beets served with Arugula and a dollop of Mascarpone and Balsamic cream.
8.Mushroom Risotto14.50
A blend of Crimini, Portobello and Porcini Mushrooms prepared the traditional way with our own wild mushroom stock and Arborio Risotto.

Polenta Sticks. Crispy Polenta fries dusted with Grana Padano Cheese and Served with our Marinara sauce for dipping. 7.50

Succulent Tiger Shrimp in a walnut basil sauce,
hint of Anisette.15.95


Donna’s Cheesecake 5.95 Tira Mi Su, enough for two 9.50
Custard Grussini 8.50
Torta Paradí, for chocolate lovers only 9.50 Sorbetto5.50

Gelato(mostly created here) 5.50
Gelato Trio 7.50
Lemon Ice5.50
Special Sundae 7.50
Cheese and Fruit Plate 8.50 Our Sampler (three halves) 12.50

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