Expanding on a west suburban trifecta of authentic-modern Mexican restaurants — Bien Trucha in Geneva, A Toda Madre in Glen Ellyn and Quiubo in Naperville — newly opened Santo Cielo seeks to prove the sky’s the limit.
Situated high atop Naperville’s Hotel Indigo at 123 Water St. (630 323-0700) and with expansive views over the city and the river, the sleekly designed, monochromatic interior features all-glass panel windows that give the restaurant an open-air ambiance, as guests imagine they are dining beneath the stars.
Created in a lively open-view kitchen, Santo Cielo’s bold, colorful plates are meant to be shared. The culinary team, led by Abel Cortes, spins fresh, seasonal ingredients into such dishes as the bright, flavorful scallop chowder, featuring glazed carrots, roasted leeks and crispy fingerling potatoes (pictured). Other highlights include charred Spanish octopus, saffron tagliatelle, aji-miso glazed sea bass and sweet cucumber brisket sliders.
Designed to accommodate both intimate and large parties, Santo Cielo is open Tuesday through Sunday and will soon offer Sunday brunch.