History

The caffe exudes Old World charm with its crumbling walls, broken plaster, exposed structure and rich finishes. We offer pastas, osso buco, steak, daily fish specials and a weekend brunch, all lovingly prepared by our staff. You will be delighted by the illusion of sitting in an outdoor caffe, visiting with friends and family, studying, romancing or just watching the world around you.

Our second location opened in December of 2004 and is a natural progression from our Bucktown location. We added a full kitchen, two bars and an abundance of outdoor space on two levels.

The building exterior resembles the fagade of an actual restaurant in Venice, Italy. Security grilles, planters and the wrought iron railing surrounding the balcony all enhance the fagade’s Italianesque appearance. The cast iron column and stone pilasters, part of the original storefront, add authentic touches.

The first floor evokes the feeling of an outdoor cafe. Italian lamps and belt-operated ceiling fans suspended above the serpentine bar contribute to the festive ambiance. Banquette seating beneath the streetlights provides a comfortable venue for watching the activities at the bar. The restaurant nestles snugly between two buildings and exterior windows from each of these buildings remain visible from the interior.

A staircase with wrought iron rails leads past a porch to the second floor, which has a large skylight, suspended Venetian lanterns, an indoor-outdoor fireplace and a rooftop terrace. Our new neighbors have embraced this cozy space, as the second floor has quickly become a favorite private party facility.

On behalf of Art and Michelle Sundry, the De Lucas, and all the other family names that form our heritage, we hope you enjoy your visit. Salute!