Regional Dining Guide
Vito Olszewski, head chef and owner of Vito’s Ristorante, in Roscoe, Ill., works alongside his son, Adam, and several other family members.

Vito’s Ristorante: A Familiar Name in a New Location


It’s a family affair at this new destination in Roscoe, Ill. Meet the familiar faces behind this operation, and discover why it’s thriving in its new setting.

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The newly remodeled bar at Abreo is just one of four dining areas in the restaurant. Guests also enjoy the private dining room, a wine cellar, and the outdoor patio.

Abreo: A Downtown Trailblazer, by Coincidence

Chef Paul Sletten likes to keep things simple, even as his popular businesses keep on growing. Meet this passionate chef and find out how his eateries continue to blaze new trails.






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Many recipes used at Stockholm Inn trace back to the Scandinavian ancestors of Rockford families, including the beloved Swedish pancakes.

The Stockholm Inn: A Rockford Classic with Scandinavian Soul

Discover how this longtime Rockford favorite honors the region’s Scandinavian ancestors, and why its traditions continue to endure.






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Owly Oop broadcasts both common and obscure sports.

Owly Oops: A Sports Fan’s Paradise

Step inside the latest extension of the Prairie Street Brewhouse family, and see how sports come alive in this well-positioned new hot spot.






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The new drive-thru at Restoration Cafe is open from 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mon.-Fri.

Restoration Café: New Drive-Thru Energizes Downtown

Learn how this west-side Rockford restaurant is making life easier and more efficient for coffee lovers, all while improving the lives of its workers.






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Regional Dining Guide NEWS & EVENTS
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Smart Living Weekly – April 26, 2017

  Starlight Season Opens with New Director Right in Our Region: When Rock Valley College’s Starlight Theatre opens its 2017 season, it will be a mix of something old and…
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Smart Living Weekly – April 19, 2017

  Summerfield Zoo Opens Season on April 22 Right in Our Region: Summerfield Zoo will open its 2017 season this year on Earth Day weekend, April 22 & 23, with…
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Smart Living Weekly – April 12, 2017

  Backyard Bliss: How to Love Coming Home Right in Our Region: As owner of Crimson Valley Landscaping, 1541 Westmoreland Ave., Rockford, Mike Sanders has witnessed an explosion of creative…
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