After a movie at the Highland Park cinema (the old place, not one of the hyped places), why not some good wine and eggplant? In a suburban North Shore spot where the big name restaurants are making inroads, head instead to a smaller, friendlier place. The place was humming late on Saturday, but the service offset any wait time for a table. Fair wines by the glass, good bread and oil, and well-prepared food make this place a good destination.

1899 Second Street
Highland Park, IL 60035
(847) 681-8300

www.bellaviahp.com