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talian-American West, North, and South: Freddy's, Caffe Italia, Caputo's, Vito and Nick's

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talian-American West, North, and South: Freddy's, Caffe Italia, Caputo's, Vito and Nick's

Paul Mollica | Jul 19, 2004 08:05 AM

Hit a few board favorites this weekend, two of which were new to me.

Freddy's, 1600 S. 61st Ave., Cicero -- I've been before for dessert (gelato and ices), but we tried a pizza Friday night. Very old-school Chicago bakery-style (bready, served in a rectangular pan). Sauce was quite good -- a hit with the family.

Caffe Italia, 2625 N. Harlem Ave., Chicago: My 7-year-old son loved this place!! Reminiscent of North Beach in San Francisco, or Brooklyn. Card tables, foosball, gelato, and world-class espresso. There's also a full bar.

We then crossed the street the do some produce shopping at Caputo's. We've usually really liked the place, but had pretty bad luck this time. Several items we brought home turned out to be rotten. Hope this is just an aberration. (Has anyone tried the fish store across the street on Harlem?)

Vito & Nick's Pizzeria, 8433 S. Pulaski, Chicago: First visit to this well-established location. I can understand its appeal; the decor is a bit run down but the service and food were just fine. The crust was Chicago-standard flat, crisp, almost cracker-like (like Father & Son's). We ordered a cheese pizza, but sausage seems to be the standard.

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