Saturday night I had a chance to eat at one of my favorite restaurants in Rockford.  Sadly, I knew that I had to get in pretty quickly because Maria's will close their doors forever on January 1st.

Growing up in Chicago, I've always loved small neighborhood restaurants, that's why when my family moved out here in 2003, I immediately fell in love with the place.

Like most Saturday nights, the place was packed with people, and the food was great!

Maria's was and always will be an old-school eatery, that always reminded me of home.  Thanks for all the great years!

A New York strip and a bowl of Tortellini!