Now that am just about to leave the small town I live in, am now just discovering the great places for dining around. Good thing it would still be drivable but I love the place we went to for brunch today to celebrate Mother’s Day.
My cousin Jun called yesterday to find out if I would be available for brunch today. I think the word “brunch” didn’t quite register or I could have skipped my more than regular breakfast. For two consecutive days this weekend I have been having rice as I suddenly fancied eating some fried dried fish which we call “tuyo” in our Philippine language and some sautéed eggs in onions and tomatoes.
What I heard and stuck in my mind was the word “tapas”. Like I couldn’t believe there is a tapas place in my neighborhood and I was curious. My google search led me to a tapas place indeed but they are not open until 4 in the afternoon.
It turned out the restaurant is called Scapa Italian Kitchen, a fine dining experience in Clarendon Hills, the town where I take my train to downtown Chicago. On special occasions like Mother’s Day, they offer a buffet. So with Jun’s Mom, Aunt Claire, his wife Frida, my two nieces – Mia and Alyssa, we had a private room all by ourselves.
Service was very good, the waitstaff very attentive and prompt. They had a decent list of breakfast offerings to glazed salmon, chicken breast, homemade gnocchi and orecchiette, veggies. It was a very satisfying brunch – good value I should say for the price.
Am truly grateful to Jun and Frida to have included me in their Mother’s Day celebration. I miss my Mom but Auntie Claire is like a second mom to me, a great friend and my constant travel companion.