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    Post #1 - May 3rd, 2018, 6:23 pm
    Post #1 - May 3rd, 2018, 6:23 pm Post #1 - May 3rd, 2018, 6:23 pm
    Maybe I'm mellowing out in my old age. Or, it could be a one off. We actually agreed on the May destination at the April LTHNLG gathering. An encore visit to Bontà is due. We ate quite well at our last visit. Let's reenact the gathering.

    Please join us on the 31st for good food and company. As always, bring a friend.

    Bontà
    430 Milwaukee Ave.
    Lincolnshire, IL 60069
    (847) 383-6233
    https://www.bontamarket.com/

    Dave148 - Esteemed Coordinator - LTH North Lunch Group
    stevez - occasional interloper
    Cathy2 +/- Mom2
    jnm123
    WillG
    diversedancer + 1
    Katie
    EddieK
    Last edited by Dave148 on May 31st, 2018, 8:49 am, edited 10 times in total.
    "At a formal dinner party, the person nearest death should always be seated closest to the bathroom." George Carlin
  • Post #2 - May 3rd, 2018, 6:55 pm
    Post #2 - May 3rd, 2018, 6:55 pm Post #2 - May 3rd, 2018, 6:55 pm
    I love Bonta, and am always looking for an excuse to make the drive up there. If you don't mind having an occasional interloper from the big city, I'd like to join you.
    Steve Z.

    “Only the pure in heart can make a good soup.”
    ― Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Post #3 - May 3rd, 2018, 10:11 pm
    Post #3 - May 3rd, 2018, 10:11 pm Post #3 - May 3rd, 2018, 10:11 pm
    Hi,

    I will come. Maybe with Mom, but maybe not.

    Regards,
    CAthy2
    Cathy2

    "You'll be remembered long after you're dead if you make good gravy, mashed potatoes and biscuits." -- Nathalie Dupree
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  • Post #4 - May 4th, 2018, 8:02 am
    Post #4 - May 4th, 2018, 8:02 am Post #4 - May 4th, 2018, 8:02 am
    If Mom can make it, Cath, we'd be happy to have her. At least she doesn't ask for my Monopoly tickets...

    Their Napolitan pizza oven was already built last time we met there, wasn't it? Their pies are pretty good, one of the best of that genre around, certainly in Lake County.

    Only a business meeting would keep me from this one, Count me in.

    J
  • Post #5 - May 4th, 2018, 8:12 am
    Post #5 - May 4th, 2018, 8:12 am Post #5 - May 4th, 2018, 8:12 am
    jnm123 wrote:Their Napolitan pizza oven was already built last time we met there, wasn't it? Their pies are pretty good, one of the best of that genre around, certainly in Lake County.
    J

    Yes, it was built at our last visit.
    "At a formal dinner party, the person nearest death should always be seated closest to the bathroom." George Carlin
  • Post #6 - May 4th, 2018, 9:21 am
    Post #6 - May 4th, 2018, 9:21 am Post #6 - May 4th, 2018, 9:21 am
    Should work for me.

    Thanks, Will
  • Post #7 - May 7th, 2018, 6:17 pm
    Post #7 - May 7th, 2018, 6:17 pm Post #7 - May 7th, 2018, 6:17 pm
    Please count me in plus one.

    Thanks!
  • Post #8 - May 18th, 2018, 8:20 am
    Post #8 - May 18th, 2018, 8:20 am Post #8 - May 18th, 2018, 8:20 am
    I would like to come. Estimate on cost (might add a friend who lives in Lincolnshire)?
    --Carey
  • Post #9 - May 18th, 2018, 11:03 am
    Post #9 - May 18th, 2018, 11:03 am Post #9 - May 18th, 2018, 11:03 am
    Please count me in too. Thanks, Dave.
    "Your swimming suit matches your eyes, you hold your nose before diving, loving you has made me bananas!"
  • Post #10 - May 18th, 2018, 3:06 pm
    Post #10 - May 18th, 2018, 3:06 pm Post #10 - May 18th, 2018, 3:06 pm
    diversedancer wrote:I would like to come. Estimate on cost (might add a friend who lives in Lincolnshire)?
    --Carey


    Our Esteemed Coordinator, a-skeered of being poisoned by hemlock by the proletariat, has taken to buying his friendships by picking up the check for the whole group as of late, so the world's the limit in my eyes.

    But realistically, it shouldn't total more than $20-$25 a head at most, could be less.

    Jay
  • Post #11 - May 18th, 2018, 4:08 pm
    Post #11 - May 18th, 2018, 4:08 pm Post #11 - May 18th, 2018, 4:08 pm
    Isnt Bonta more fast casual style where you order and pay at the counter and then the food is brought out? If so, everyone will probably order and pay for themselves so the cost is whatever anyone wants to get, not the usual split the check kind of thing. My memory is suspect of late though.

    -Will
  • Post #12 - May 18th, 2018, 4:52 pm
    Post #12 - May 18th, 2018, 4:52 pm Post #12 - May 18th, 2018, 4:52 pm
    jnm123 wrote:Our Esteemed Coordinator, a-skeered of being poisoned by hemlock by the proletariat, has taken to buying his friendships by picking up the check for the whole group as of late, so the world's the limit in my eyes.

    This is great news! Let's put off the overthrow a little while longer.
    "Your swimming suit matches your eyes, you hold your nose before diving, loving you has made me bananas!"
  • Post #13 - May 19th, 2018, 8:12 am
    Post #13 - May 19th, 2018, 8:12 am Post #13 - May 19th, 2018, 8:12 am
    WillG wrote:Isnt Bonta more fast casual style where you order and pay at the counter and then the food is brought out? If so, everyone will probably order and pay for themselves so the cost is whatever anyone wants to get, not the usual split the check kind of thing. My memory is suspect of late though.

    -Will


    Will, your mental aim is true--

    Yes, they have a sandwich/soup counter where you can order and they bring it to your table. Actually, a half sandwich and soup (about 12 choices sandwich, 2 choices soup) @ $7.95 is a nice deal. And whoever wants to do that, fine.

    But last time we ordered some sharing dishes for the table as well, such as Caesar salad, roasted vegetables, maybe an antipasto if memory serves. And we divided the cost of that. So we could do that in place of or in addition to...

    Bonta is branching out into the full meal/pizzeria type outfit (which can be ordered all day), although I must say that lunches--and those specials I mentioned above--are quite the value and their bread & butter that time of day.

    What do people want to do? Inquiring minds wanna know...
  • Post #14 - May 19th, 2018, 10:16 am
    Post #14 - May 19th, 2018, 10:16 am Post #14 - May 19th, 2018, 10:16 am
    EC’s preference is to order a bunch of stuff and share in the bounty. However, EC will go with the majority of the what the minions prefer.
    "At a formal dinner party, the person nearest death should always be seated closest to the bathroom." George Carlin
  • Post #15 - May 19th, 2018, 1:52 pm
    Post #15 - May 19th, 2018, 1:52 pm Post #15 - May 19th, 2018, 1:52 pm
    My preference is just the opposite: I prefer to order something for myself, for my main course at least. I'm all for sharing some appetizers or other things.

    I don't remember what I had last time and I don't remember the pizza oven being running then, but anyway I'm intrigued about trying their pizza Napolitano this time.
    "Your swimming suit matches your eyes, you hold your nose before diving, loving you has made me bananas!"
  • Post #16 - May 19th, 2018, 3:27 pm
    Post #16 - May 19th, 2018, 3:27 pm Post #16 - May 19th, 2018, 3:27 pm
    Bonta's Napolitano is "Tomato sauce, anchovies, oregano & capers." I've never had it at Bonta, Katie, and it sounds fetching, but check this out--I had a Sicilian version of this in Rome last year:
    Pizza Siciliani.jpg Pizza Siciliani @ Elle Effe, Rome

    It was excellent, with some briny olives and red pepper oil. No cheese, which is a plus in my opinion. Joel's been to this place in Rome, if I recall.
  • Post #17 - May 21st, 2018, 3:33 pm
    Post #17 - May 21st, 2018, 3:33 pm Post #17 - May 21st, 2018, 3:33 pm
    My friend would like to come too, so pls make me a +1
  • Post #18 - May 25th, 2018, 9:09 am
    Post #18 - May 25th, 2018, 9:09 am Post #18 - May 25th, 2018, 9:09 am
    I think, if everyone's cool with it, that we can order off the lunch, dinner or pizza menu on our own but I will order medium-size family-style antipasto (meat, cheese, olives), roasted vegetables (eggplant, zucchini, red peppers, etc.) and Caesar salad to share. With 12 or more of us that will be a nice little taste of everything and not too pricey as an add-on, on a per person basis.

    See youse next Thursday!

    J
  • Post #19 - May 25th, 2018, 12:46 pm
    Post #19 - May 25th, 2018, 12:46 pm Post #19 - May 25th, 2018, 12:46 pm
    I'm cool with that. Good thinking, Jay. See you soon.
    "Your swimming suit matches your eyes, you hold your nose before diving, loving you has made me bananas!"
  • Post #20 - May 30th, 2018, 10:36 am
    Post #20 - May 30th, 2018, 10:36 am Post #20 - May 30th, 2018, 10:36 am
    jnm123 wrote:I think, if everyone's cool with it, that we can order off the lunch, dinner or pizza menu on our own but I will order medium-size family-style antipasto (meat, cheese, olives), roasted vegetables (eggplant, zucchini, red peppers, etc.) and Caesar salad to share. With 12 or more of us that will be a nice little taste of everything and not too pricey as an add-on, on a per person basis.

    See youse next Thursday!

    J


    We're going to stick with J's ordering scheme for tomorrow's soiree. Feel free to order your own food off of the menu for your main course.

    See y'all tomorrow!

    EC
    "At a formal dinner party, the person nearest death should always be seated closest to the bathroom." George Carlin
  • Post #21 - May 30th, 2018, 10:11 pm
    Post #21 - May 30th, 2018, 10:11 pm Post #21 - May 30th, 2018, 10:11 pm
    Of course I'll be there.
  • Post #22 - May 30th, 2018, 11:04 pm
    Post #22 - May 30th, 2018, 11:04 pm Post #22 - May 30th, 2018, 11:04 pm
    You may want to make the shared food a separate bill to keep it all clear.

    Whatever you do, I am looking forward to it.

    Regards,
    Cathy2
    Cathy2

    "You'll be remembered long after you're dead if you make good gravy, mashed potatoes and biscuits." -- Nathalie Dupree
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  • Post #23 - May 31st, 2018, 6:27 am
    Post #23 - May 31st, 2018, 6:27 am Post #23 - May 31st, 2018, 6:27 am
    Not a bad idea, Cathy.

    Not to micromanage, but usually at lunch--and I think it's going to be that way today--you queue up to the sandwich counter, decide what you want from either their lunch specials, pizza or entree menu. They also have a blackboard easel with pasta lunch specials. You'll order with the cashier, pay and we'll have a big table in the 'pizza room' in the rear of the place. They will bring out each person's selection to the table.

    I was over there yesterday and set it up with Antonella that she would make an antipasto tray of meats, cheese, and roasted vegetables for us to share, also a Caesar salad, that would come out first for us to nosh on.
  • Post #24 - May 31st, 2018, 8:43 am
    Post #24 - May 31st, 2018, 8:43 am Post #24 - May 31st, 2018, 8:43 am
    Sorry for the short notice, my plus one and I have a timing conflict and will not be able to make it. Hope you have a fun luncheon.
  • Post #25 - May 31st, 2018, 2:57 pm
    Post #25 - May 31st, 2018, 2:57 pm Post #25 - May 31st, 2018, 2:57 pm
    Oh man....the Minions (led by Notorious WillG) were in rare form at today's lunch. Fortunately, the stellar food and conversation outweighed the constant abuse that was bestowed upon me. I need a nap. 8)
    "At a formal dinner party, the person nearest death should always be seated closest to the bathroom." George Carlin
  • Post #26 - June 1st, 2018, 8:13 am
    Post #26 - June 1st, 2018, 8:13 am Post #26 - June 1st, 2018, 8:13 am
    Dave148 wrote:Notorious WillG

    Ha ha ha!
    "Your swimming suit matches your eyes, you hold your nose before diving, loving you has made me bananas!"
  • Post #27 - June 5th, 2018, 4:53 pm
    Post #27 - June 5th, 2018, 4:53 pm Post #27 - June 5th, 2018, 4:53 pm
    Came across this old post and, just sayin', Eddie...
    I had some hope of a shake-up when I realized how much Eddie -- in a white military uniform and dark sunglasses -- would look like Pinochet, but I guess I shouldn't have been surprised that the coup has not yet happened. I never could get a Chileno to do anything for me during the summer vacation months.
    "Your swimming suit matches your eyes, you hold your nose before diving, loving you has made me bananas!"
  • Post #28 - June 15th, 2018, 10:05 pm
    Post #28 - June 15th, 2018, 10:05 pm Post #28 - June 15th, 2018, 10:05 pm
    Do we have another meetup scheduled?
    "Your swimming suit matches your eyes, you hold your nose before diving, loving you has made me bananas!"
  • Post #29 - June 16th, 2018, 7:34 am
    Post #29 - June 16th, 2018, 7:34 am Post #29 - June 16th, 2018, 7:34 am
    Katie...our EC is in hiding in Montevideo, Uruguay...
  • Post #30 - June 16th, 2018, 1:28 pm
    Post #30 - June 16th, 2018, 1:28 pm Post #30 - June 16th, 2018, 1:28 pm
    Now's our chance!
    "Your swimming suit matches your eyes, you hold your nose before diving, loving you has made me bananas!"

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