Walk into the Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano with your date and you’ll be greeted with a helpful, bright hostess and served by an attentive expert on the menu. ISU students, faculty, and staff voted this Italian restaurant as the best place to take a date in Bloomington-Normal, and it’s easy to see how the atmosphere can make the date a memorable one.
“It has a lot to do with ambiance — making sure we have the right decor, the right lighting, the right music,” David LeGrand, managing partner at Biaggi’s, said. “We pay attention to a lot of the little details, like making sure the facility is in great repair.”
For date-goers, the food is just as important as the atmosphere, and Biaggi’s delivers.
“We have a chef-driven kitchen ... and all of our sauces and meals are made fresh in-house … We don’t buy prepackaged anything besides some deserts. We have the ability to create a lot of cool dishes like our stuffed pork,” LeGrand explained.
A complete date at Biaggi’s might entail sharing one of the 10 appetizers, enjoying a freshly made entrée and paired wine, and topping off the meal with a desert.
“My recommendation is the tiramasu,” LeGrand said. “We also have a new skillet cookie; it’s a Nutella skillet cookie and its delicious. We also make a new white chocolate bread pudding that is by far one of the favorites.”
Second to Biaggi’s, Medici in Normal proved an excellent date spot for students unable to travel far from campus. The restaurant is located in the heart of Uptown Normal and features a unique menu, tasty drinks, savory deserts, and an impressive structure — a tree in the center.