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If you love the fresh, natural food at Wicker Park's Letizia's Natural Bakery and its next door sister spot, Enoteca Roma, then get ready for the newest addition to the family: Letizia's Fiore. The third location from the Sorano family is nearing completion in Logan Square and will hopefully open in the next couple of weeks. Once it does, it'll have 110 seats including a downstairs lounge/wine bar where you can also dine; come spring 2011, they'll add a large sidewalk patio, a small garden out back with a fountain and a greenhouse on the roof with a vegetable garden. For now, Letizia's Fiore, which means "flower" in Italian, will serve breakfast and lunch; dinner will begin once they get their liquor license in a few months.
The menu is still being finalized and they're playing around with roasting vegetables, meat, fish and, of course, pizza and flatbread, in their Tuscan-imported wood-burning oven. What's on it for sure? Cafe Umbria coffee, muffins, an arancini bar and natural doughnuts that will reflect seasonal ingredients like hazelnut, pumpkin and apple. The yellow-hued walls and brown, leather banquettes bring a lot of warmth to the rooms, as do the high ceilings and numerous windows. They back room will bring a bit of the outdoors inside with the addition of 900 small clay flower pots that will rest inside wire boxes. The opening will welcome patrons to sit and stay with the free Wi-Fi and clearly some in the 'hood can't wait. Really, Yelpers, you're giving them poor star ratings for not being open yet?