Sfera Brings Sicilian Street Food To Edgewater After Years On Farmers Market Circuit

Sfera Brings Sicilian Street Food To Edgewater After Years On Farmers Market Circuit

EDGEWATER — Right after getting its start at farmers marketplaces and then a ghost kitchen area through the pandemic, Sfera is now slinging its choose on Sicilian avenue food stuff from a Broadway storefront.

Sfera opened May possibly 11 at 5759 N. Broadway, the most up-to-date shift to develop the 3-year-previous company.

Pals Steven Jarczyk and Daniela Vitale begun Sfera by advertising their consider on arancini, the ball of fried Italian rice that is well-known in Sicily, where by Vitale’s spouse and children is from and in which she spent portions of her childhood.

“It’s a common Sicilian road foods staple and it’s just tasty,” Vitale stated. “My society is the inspiration, but it was quite much [Jarczyk] and I operating on them and placing a Chicago twist on them.”

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Sfera’s “arancini classico” includes beef ragu, risotto and morzarella served with marinara sauce.

Jarczyk and Vitale satisfied at a Jefferson Park gym and bonded around their expertise with European delicacies: Jarczyk who helped open places to eat in Europe and Vitale with her Sicilian roots.

The two resolved arancini would get the job done just as properly at farmers markets as in Sicilian streets. Arancini is typically stuffed with greens or cheese — food items very easily procured in a farmers current market. Jarczyk claimed the pair would often use other farmers market vendors’ things in their arancini. Sfera is Italian for “sphere.”

“It’s a great car or truck for wonderful, nearby foods,” Jarczyk explained.

The mates launched Sfera and expanded to a several North Facet farmers marketplaces right before the pandemic caused the cancellation of individuals events.

To pivot, Jarczyk and Vitale set up in a North Aspect ghost kitchen area, where by they operated as a shipping company — but it wasn’t great, Jarczyk mentioned.

“We weren’t interacting with our prospects,” Jarczyk claimed. “We want to be a community place, wherever if you’re a commuter, [Sfera] is a part of your morning plan.”

So they began searching for a long term place and have been pointed to the Broadway storefront that utilized to residence Cookies & Carnitas.

Sfera nevertheless will make appearances at the Logan Sq. and Andersonville farmers marketplaces.

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Sfera opened an Edgewater cafe in May well 2022.

The LGBTQ-owned Sfera is open for breakfast and lunch. The small business provides multiple espresso beverages in addition espresso and tea. It serves breakfast sandwiches featuring foccacia and egg fritatta. It also has a breakfast pizza with a garlic ricotta base, bacon, mozzarella cheese and a baked egg.

Lunch goods include things like their choose on a muffuletta sandwich (mortadella, capicola, salami, provolone with olive giardiniera relish on a focaccia bun) furthermore other Italian sandwiches, slices of pizza and salads.

Sfera has various variations of arancini that are ready-to-serve. The “arancini classico” consists of beef ragu, risotto and mozzarella served with marinara sauce and the “arancini porcini” involves imported porcini mushrooms, community mushrooms, fontina cheese and served with truffle aioli.

Sfera has a small seating region and a great deal of the meals is effective nicely as choose-out or on-the-go foods, the house owners explained. Presently that design has proved preferred with some neighbors and the workers rebuilding the Purple Line just about the corner from Sfera, Jarczyk and Vitale mentioned.

“The neighbors are really thrilled,” Vitale mentioned. “Everybody has been so variety.”

Sfera is open 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For much more details on Sfera, simply click below.

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