Maple Park winery to open restaurant in downtown Sycamore

SYCAMORE – Mediteranean cuisine may be out, but Italian food and locally produced wine are in store for downtown Sycamore.

Acquaviva Winery will expand its reach when it opens a restaurant in the city in July. Acquaviva, which is known for Italian food and specialty wines in Maple Park, will be located in the former Taki's Mediterranean Restaurant at 219 W. State St.

Owner Vito Brandonisio said the facility will feature fine dining with a small bar and wine tasting, but will mostly focus on dining. The Italian food offered will be the same menu as its Maple Park location, including pizza, pasta, seafood and more.

Brandonisio said Acquaviva regularly wins awards for its wines, which are made at its Maple Park location, a 40-acre vineyard and winery at the corner of Meredith Road and Route 38. Brandonisio has owned the Maple Park location for four years, and the facility produces about 55,000 bottles of wine per year. The location also has a restaurant. Brandonisio also has a tasting and wine bar in St. Charles.

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