After 23 years of business, Cafe Buonaro's will be closing its doors for the last time on September 28th. Over the years, the family-run restaurant has firmly implanted itself in the historic 5th Avenue Station in Naperville. Many employees have been at the restaurant since its opening, and many customers are regulars. Ron Buonauro, the youngest of 14 children and one of the original owners of the restaurant, had a dream to open the restaurant and “to invite his friends over for dinner—and make damn good Italian food. For Ron, everyone was a friend—it was just a matter of whether or not you had met yet.” Ron created many of the restaurant's recipes, including the pasta sauce (or “gravy,” if you're Italian) which is a family recipe. He also created one of the restaurant's most popular dish—the baked spaghetti. Ron Buonauro passed away five years ago.
Cafe Buonaro's decision to close was announced on their website. In response, customers have been asking for recipes and suggest that the family publish a cookbook based on the restaurant's dishes.
So stop in a Cafe Buonaro's between now and September 28 for a serving of their delicious baked spaghetti before this hearty dish is off the menu for good, and send the Buonauro family off onto the next chapter of their lives.
5th Avenue Station
300 E. 5th Avenue
Naperville, Illinois 60540