In helping my clients find the perfect home, as a local realtor, I’m also helping them make a dream come true. Whether they’re looking in Long Grove, Buffalo Grove or Lincolnshire, when they plant their roots, settle down and turn their house into a home, they’re fulfilling an iconic American dream.
I recently had a chance to sit down with a new restaurant owner in Lincolnshire who is truly living the American dream. Antonella Granito, who with her husband Nunzio Bottiglieri, opened an authentic Italian deli and wine shop. Named Bonta, which translates to deliciousness or good quality, I can tell you first hand, the name suits the food.
Antonella and Nunzio moved to Mundelein from Italy in 2004 and left most of their possessions, their home and jobs behind. Antonella says, “We moved here like true immigrants, with only two suitcases in our hands.” After years of being here, Antonella felt the need to open an eatery that would showcase the true and simple authenticity of Italian sandwiches.
I learned, what every good realtor should know, that a Panini in Italian just means a sandwich, not a pressed sandwich as we Americans have turned it into. She also taught me that pepperoni means pepper in Italian and not the meat that we order on pizzas.
Antonella learned to cook from her mother and grandmother and truly has a passion for food. I can relate to that. She has a limited menu and uses only the freshest ingredients and chooses to buy from distributors that get their food directly from Italy. Open for lunch and dinner; she offers soups, sandwiches, lasagna, parmigiana, Italian desserts and homemade gelato. The shop has ready-made items to take home and heat up and a wonderful selection of Italian sauces, spices, beers and wines.
Already in her four months being open, she has given back to the community. She sponsored the District 96 run this past weekend and has donated to the Stevenson High School hockey team. Stevenson students and faculty are given a 10% discount.
I hope this becomes a second home for Anotella and Nunzio as they spend a lot of time there. She had a lot of regulars stop by when I was there and was on a first name basis with many of them, Senator Terry Link was one of them!
For any Realtor’s who are hosting an open house, contact Bonta for a delicious catered lunch. For any local businesses in the Lincolnshire area, call Bonta for a scrumptious meal…
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