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Istria Cafe

View Map1520 E. 57th St., Chicago
Tel: (773) 955-2556
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Located just around the corner from the Kenwood Metra station, Istria Cafe is the perfect place to kick back and rest your traveling feet. The place specializes in artesian gelato and espresso. Isteria is so passionate about its beans that they won't sell any flavored blends. They will, however, add a tasty shot or two, should you find yourself in need of a sweet fix.

But when your sweet tooth just won't cease, it's best to go with a scoop of Isteria's gelato. The cafe stays true to its Italian roots by making 12 flavors of the stuff from scratch every day. Pair your icy treat with a shot of hot espresso or a frothy latte. If you're looking for a little more sustenance, Isteria's got you covered with its list of paninis. The cafe takes just as much care with its grilled Italian sandwiches as it does with its gourmet gelato.

The crowd here varies from weary travelers and busy workers to families with small children. Istria cafe is so kid-friendly that they offer a full list of special goodies just for the little ones, including a selection of gelatos. The staff will even argue that its fancy gourmet stuff is really just child's play. Isteria offers free wi-fi access with every purchase.

Average cost: <$10

Centerstage Reviewer: Stacy Warden

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6:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Monday-Friday; 7 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Saturday; 7:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Sunday

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