For the past 45 years, Sicilia Bakery has served residents of Portage Park Italian staples from cannolis to calzones. The Pecoraro family has since decided to branch out, opening another spot, Rosie's West Town Deli, in the West Town/Ukrainian Village neighborhood.
The traditional Italian eatery, set to open in middle-to-late May, will move into the old Retro Wash laundromat space at 1021 N Western Ave., replacing washer/dryers with a deli counter featuring house-smoked meats and imported cheeses straight from the motherland. Menu items will range from a traditional muffuletta sandwich and "massive" Italian subs with fresh baked bread to homemade lasagna and personal pizzas.
Next year they hope to set up a beer garden in the back yard, but until then they will entend their hours til midnight, providing a BYOB outdoor dining space where you can enjoy a cold beer or homemade Italian ice under the warmth of the summer sun.
Eater Chicago intern Daniella Caruso contributed to this story.