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

EDGEWATER — Immediately after finding its start out at farmers markets and then a ghost kitchen area in the course of the pandemic, Sfera is now slinging its just take on Sicilian avenue food from a Broadway storefront.

Sfera opened May well 11 at 5759 N. Broadway, the hottest transfer to develop the 3-year-previous organization.

Close friends Steven Jarczyk and Daniela Vitale commenced Sfera by selling their acquire on arancini, the ball of fried Italian rice that is well known in Sicily, wherever Vitale’s relatives is from and in which she used parts of her childhood.

“It’s a classic Sicilian avenue foodstuff staple and it is just delightful,” Vitale said. “My culture is the inspiration, but it was quite a lot [Jarczyk] and I working on them and placing a Chicago twist on them.”

Sfera Brings Sicilian Street Food To Edgewater After Years On Farmers Market CircuitCredit rating: Courtesy Kristen Mendiola
Sfera’s “arancini classico” incorporates beef ragu, risotto and morzarella served with marinara sauce.

Jarczyk and Vitale achieved at a Jefferson Park health club and bonded in excess of their working experience with European cuisine: Jarczyk who served open up places to eat in Europe and Vitale with her Sicilian roots.

The two decided arancini would do the job just as nicely at farmers markets as in Sicilian streets. Arancini is normally stuffed with vegetables or cheese — meals simply procured in a farmers market place. Jarczyk claimed the pair would often use other farmers industry vendors’ objects in their arancini. Sfera is Italian for “sphere.”

“It’s a fantastic auto for fantastic, regional foodstuff,” Jarczyk mentioned.

The pals released Sfera and expanded to a few North Aspect farmers marketplaces ahead of the pandemic caused the cancellation of these situations.

To pivot, Jarczyk and Vitale established up in a North Aspect ghost kitchen, where they operated as a supply small business — but it wasn’t best, Jarczyk claimed.

“We weren’t interacting with our clients,” Jarczyk stated. “We want to be a neighborhood spot, exactly where if you are a commuter, [Sfera] is a element of your morning regime.”

So they began searching for a long lasting location and were pointed to the Broadway storefront that utilised to house Cookies & Carnitas.

Sfera however tends to make appearances at the Logan Sq. and Andersonville farmers marketplaces.

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Sfera opened an Edgewater cafe in Might 2022.

The LGBTQ-owned Sfera is open up for breakfast and lunch. The business enterprise gives multiple espresso beverages as well as espresso and tea. It serves breakfast sandwiches showcasing foccacia and egg fritatta. It also has a breakfast pizza with a garlic ricotta foundation, bacon, mozzarella cheese and a baked egg.

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

Sfera has several variations of arancini that are prepared-to-serve. The “arancini classico” features beef ragu, risotto and mozzarella served with marinara sauce and the “arancini porcini” includes imported porcini mushrooms, area mushrooms, fontina cheese and served with truffle aioli.

Sfera has a compact seating location and significantly of the foods will work nicely as take-out or on-the-go meals, the owners mentioned. Now that product has proved preferred with some neighbors and the staff rebuilding the Crimson Line just all over the corner from Sfera, Jarczyk and Vitale said.

“The neighbors are truly thrilled,” Vitale claimed. “Everybody has been so kind.”

Sfera is open up 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For far more data on Sfera, click right here.

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