Sfera Brings Sicilian Avenue Meals To Edgewater After Years On Farmers Market Circuit

EDGEWATER — After getting its begin at farmers markets after which a ghost kitchen throughout the pandemic, Sfera is now slinging its tackle Sicilian road meals from a Broadway storefront.

Sfera opened Could 11 at 5759 N. Broadway, the newest transfer to develop the three-year-old enterprise.

Associates Steven Jarczyk and Daniela Vitale began Sfera by promoting their tackle arancini, the ball of fried Italian rice that’s standard in Sicily, the place Vitale’s household is from and the place she spent parts of her childhood.

“It’s a conventional Sicilian road meals staple and it’s simply scrumptious,” Vitale stated. “My tradition is the inspiration, nevertheless it was very a lot [Jarczyk] and I engaged on them and placing a Chicago twist on them.”

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

Jarczyk and Vitale met at a Jefferson Park fitness center and bonded over their expertise with European delicacies: Jarczyk who helped open eating places in Europe and Vitale along with her Sicilian roots.

The 2 determined arancini would work simply as effectively at farmers markets as in Sicilian streets. Arancini is commonly full of greens or cheese — meals simply procured in a farmers market. Jarczyk stated the pair would usually use different farmers market distributors’ objects of their arancini. Sfera is Italian for “sphere.”

“It’s an ideal automobile for excellent, native meals,” Jarczyk stated.

The chums launched Sfera and expanded to some North Facet farmers markets earlier than the pandemic induced the cancellation of these occasions.

To pivot, Jarczyk and Vitale arrange in a North Facet ghost kitchen, the place they operated as a supply enterprise — nevertheless it wasn’t excellent, Jarczyk stated.

“We weren’t interacting with our prospects,” Jarczyk stated. “We wish to be a group spot, the place for those who’re a commuter, [Sfera] is part of your morning routine.”

So that they started in search of a everlasting location and have been pointed to the Broadway storefront that used to deal with Cookies & Carnitas.

Sfera nonetheless makes appearances on the Logan Sq. and Andersonville farmers markets.

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Sfera opened an Edgewater restaurant in Could 2022.

The LGBTQ-owned Sfera is open for breakfast and lunch. The enterprise affords a number of espresso drinks plus espresso and tea. It serves breakfast sandwiches that includes foccacia and egg fritatta. It additionally has a breakfast pizza with a garlic ricotta base, bacon, mozzarella cheese and a baked egg.

Lunch objects embrace their tackle a muffuletta sandwich (mortadella, capicola, salami, provolone with olive giardiniera relish on a focaccia bun) plus different Italian sandwiches, slices of pizza and salads.

Sfera has a number of variations of arancini which can be ready-to-serve. The “arancini classico” consists of beef ragu, risotto and mozzarella served with marinara sauce and the “arancini porcini” consists of imported porcini mushrooms, native mushrooms, fontina cheese and served with truffle aioli.

Sfera has a small seating space and far of the meals works effectively as take-out or on-the-go meals, the house owners stated. Already that mannequin has proved standard with some neighbors and the employees rebuilding the Crimson Line simply across the nook from Sfera, Jarczyk and Vitale stated.

“The neighbors are actually excited,” Vitale stated. “All people has been so variety.”

Sfera is open 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and eight a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For extra data on Sfera, click on right here.

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