RAFFI'S ON 5TH, Naperville, IL
Located in the loft-like industrial space formerly inhabited by Montparnasse, Raffi's on 5th specializes in Mediterranean, Spanish, Italian and French cuisine. Chef Silverio Rodriguez, formerly of Montparnasse, has stayed on. On the menu: steaks, chops, pasta and fresh fish. Standouts include a variety of vegetarian dishes as well as frequent lamb specials. Exposed brick walls and 40-foot ceilings create a sophisticated atmosphere. Decor includes Middle Eastern rugs and paintings. While this is owner Raffi Demerdjian's first venture, his family has been in the restaurant business for 40 years (Demerdjian's father, Leon, owned Sayat Nova).