Updated: Dec 18, 2019
A FRESH WAY TO BRUNCH IN NAPERVILLE Sitting atop Hotel Indigo, offering fresh views of downtown Naperville and a fresh and exciting brunch menu, is Santo Cielo. Owners and brothers, Rodrigo Cano and Julio Cano are known for their group of Latin restaurants, but with Santo Cielo they developed a menu with midwest roots then added global influence. On Sundays they host a brunch like no other. With trendy décor, good vibes, affordability and breathtaking vistas– it is a favorite of many!
Our server, Marcel Perez was prompt and knowledgeable. We started with two unique mocktails that would liven up any meal. The Maiden Voyage’s grapefruit, lemon, topo chico and 7-herb syrup mixture was the perfect balance. The Paloma was light and refreshing with grapefruit and lime. Both were the perfect introduction to our dining experience.
Along with the brunch price of thirty dollars your meal includes a made to order omelet, peruse the cold plate area along the bar or walk inside the kitchen to indulge in the warm plate options. The variety is a nice surprise from the usual brunch faire. Cold plate options include both quinoa and farro salads – both favorites of ours. The healthy options went nice with yogurt parfaits topped with a gooseberry puree, fresh ripened berries and a touch of granola. The diced fresh melon with a sprig of mint was simple, but elegant. Among the charcuterie board and a smoked salmon board, you will find the most succulent shrimp paired with a house made cocktail sauce and fresh oysters.
Wander into the open kitchen and enjoy a carving station of prime rib and pork belly, scrambled eggs, rosemary potatoes, sautéed vegetables and perfectly cooked bacon. The flavor in the chilaquiles will spice up your morning and keep you wanting more. Muffins, donuts and bagels paired with a chive or guava cream cheese are delightful. A variety of brick oven pizzas and avocado toast are a change from the usual brunch array. Make sure to try the most delectable French toast both flavorful and creamy/buttery yet delicate. A new spin on chicken and waffles is the juicy chicken covered in waffle batter served along side a spicy and sweet orange marmalade. What a beautiful way to start the day this summer, whether with friends or the whole family. Open air dining with a fresh brunch menu and a kitchen with no boundaries!
Santo Cielo 123 Water Street #509, Naperville (630)323-0700 • www.stcielo.com Owners: Rodrigo Cano & Julio Cano General Manager: Emiliano Gottig
ABOUT THE CRITICS Stephanie (right) & Tiffany (left) Schmoker are west suburban sisters who have always shared a love for dining out and they also enjoy cooking together. They came from a family of 7 and grew up on farm with fresh fruits, veggies and more. Watch for their review of a different west suburban restaurant in each issue of Glancer Magazine. Invite them to your eatery at email@example.com.