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Ella Bonella
  • Ella Bonella

    Open Friday, Saturday & Sunday

    Breakfast Items 7:30 - 11

    Lunch 11 - 2:30



    Not that we wanted to wish the summer gone, but still, it's been a long time since local apples were in the market. You may have noticed that there have been no apple pies at Ella Bonella since we opened. That's because the bright, shiny apples you see at the store during the summer make for really crappy pies. Strange as it sounds, we don't make apple pies in the summer (check our our blog post on what we use fresh vs. frozen  https://ellabonella.com/blog-1/f/fresh-or-frozen-or-wheres-my-apple-pie ). Finally the Michigan apples have arrived. For now, its just one variety, by October there will be a half dozen varieties, and we use them all (except Red Delicious, which is red but not delicious).

    We're going to be trying out a new apple pie every week - Just wait until next month when we bring back the Caramel Apple Pie with pecan topping! 

    This Week's Fruit Pies


    This week’s Fruit Pies (in addition to the Triple Berry and Triple Cherry pies we have every week) are:


    Double Crust Apple Pie

    Oatmeal Streusel-Topped Apple Pie

    Blueberry Cream Pie with Graham Cracker crust

    Double Crust Empress Prune Plum Pie

    Pear Pie with Almond "Cake" Topping

    Tart Cherry Lattice

    And, as always, we'll have our Cream Pies (Banana, Chocolate & Coconut), as well as Peanut Butter Cream Pie in Graham Cracker Crust!

    Large pies must be ordered in advance (Below). Small pies are sold in the store on Saturdays and Sundays on a first-come basis. 

    We even use the peels and cores of the apples for a delicious, refreshing, low-sugar Apple-Ginger Lemonade!

    Sunday Morning Bread Pudding

    Sunday Morning at 9 we'll have Bread Pudding, both Savory and Sweet 

    Enjoy the Season!

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    Join Our Team

    One Goal - Excellence


    Ella Bonella is looking for a few good people to join the team. Our goal is to provide a consistently excellent experience for each customer. We are a small place with one simple goal – excellence. 

    Introductory shop hours are Saturdays and Sundays from 7:30-2:30, with either 4 or 8-hour shifts available. Additional days will be added as we grow. Additional hours may be available for prep, catering, and special orders. We are open to applicants of any age, from 15 (with a work permit) to 80+, as long as the applicant has the energy and the spirit to get the job done in a manner consistent with our Core Values of Friendliness, Superior Service, Integrity, Quality and Safety. Whether this is your all-important first job or you’re just getting back in to the workplace or you’ve decided that retirement isn’t for you, if you’re ready to work, we could use you!


    Counter Service

    Job Duties:

    · Demonstrate a positive customer service attitude in keeping with the company’s Core Values. 

    · Assist customers with questions and product selection 

    · Follow procedures for safety, proper food handling, and sanitation  

    · Smile and greets customers in a sincere friendly manner. Treat new customers like friends you haven’t met yet.

    · Replenish product in the cases and create displays.

    · Accurately record orders to ensure the customer is delighted with the finished product.

    · Maintain cleanliness of the work area, including the visible front room and kitchen areas. 

    · Assist in other areas as required.

    Line/Prep Cook

    Job Duties:

    · Prepare sandwiches (hot and cold) and other items from the menu 

    · Deep Frying experience a plus

    · Follows procedures for safety, proper food handling, and sanitation  

    · Replenish product in the cases and create displays.

    · Accurately and consistently prepare orders to ensure the customer is delighted with the finished product. Our aim is a “Wow” from every customer

    · Maintain cleanliness of the work area, including the visible front room and kitchen areas. 

    · Assist in other areas as required.

    Requirements (both roles):

    • Desire       to provide excellent customer service. 
    • Outgoing, friendly       personality. 
    • Ability to handle multiple       tasks. 
    • Able to communicate       effectively with others and convey enthusiasm 
    • Follow all LCHD Service       Standards & guidelines. 
    Obtain Illinois Food handler certification

    Job Application

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    Identity (No) Crisis

    Every item on our menu has a background. Read about it here!

    Peek Into The Piemaking Process

    Here's a feast for the eyes! Check out a Tart Cherry Pie & Peach Pie Right Out of the Oven.

    Pie For Breakfast?

    You Betcha!

      Back in the days when we sold pies at Farmers’ Markets, people would come up to us and say “I eat your pie for breakfast.” And why not? After all, people eat sweet things like pancakes and French Toast for breakfast – and the primary ingredient in most of our pies is either fruit, milk, or nuts. 

    The Streusel-topped Triple Berry Pie was typically the breakfast favorite, but I set out to find more pies that would be suitable for breakfast. There are savory pies like Bacon-and-Egg, and Ham-and-Egg, then some not-too-sweet pies like Oatmeal Walnut Pie and (my personal favorite) custard-y Cream-of-Wheat Pie, which I like cold with just a touch of Maple Syrup. 

    Then there are cereal pies like Euell Gibbons’ fave Grape Nuts Pie (you probably have to be over 50 to get that reference) and Cornflake Pie, which are def on the sweet side. BFK pies even take on International Character with an Orange-infused Italian Torta di Riso that will make you feel like you’re in Firenze!   

    Just Open Friday-Sunday?

    Yep! We work all week to be ready for three days! 

    Breakfast items will be served from 7:30-11am, and Lunch (including the Siracha Focaccia Sandwich) will be served from 11am-2:30pm!!

    Tell Me About Those Croissants!

    What the Pie is to the United States, the Croissant is to France, sort of. As a college student, I worked my ass off to be able to study in Paris in the Spring of 1985. I still remember that first morning in the City of Light – drizzly, homesick, thinking I’d made a mistake, and then I walked down the Rue Vavin and into the first Bar I saw (Bars in Paris are known for their coffee) and ordered un express and a croissant, the taste, smell, feel and sound of which I will never forget. It was buttery and crisp, with enough butter on the exterior to leave my hands shiny. 

    Every subsequent trip to Paris meant a croissant and express first thing off the plane. I’d tried croissants in the states, but they were never the same.  During an extended break from Franks, I made a commitment to “perfect” the croissant, to the extent that was possible. I slaved and tasted (and tasted) until I had something that brought me back to that first bite, and people loved them. These croissants are perfect on a weekend morning.   

    The joys of the croissant are fleeting. With lots of air between layers, these ephemeral treats go from ethereal to stale in about 6 hours. We bake them right before we open and recommend that you eat them right away!

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    Ella Bonella

    421 N. Northwest Hwy., Barrington, IL 60010

    (847) 560-1523


    Opening date - 5/12 7:30 am

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