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Sicilian restaurant on the restaurant-sparse Clybourn corridor.

Our Review

Named after the small township in Sicily that hosts a much-anticipated peach festival each year, this roomy two-room restaurant, decorated with oversize still-lifes and relief maps of the Boot, is equipped with a Chicago must: a working fireplace in early May. Well-executed starters include crispy calamari and a sweet and bold salad of arugula, peach, and Roquefort. One of the owners, who made sure to come by the table several times, highly recommended the gnocchi, and for good reason: the baby scallop-shaped ricotta-and-potato dumplings in a thick, creamy alfredo sauce with mushrooms and spinach were doughy and addictive. There are lots of choices for pizza toppings—including peaches, eggplant, prosciutto, meatballs, pesto, and shrimp—but the thin crust on the one we tried was overwhelmed by Gorgonzola, pancetta, and caramelized onions. Still, this is a place with no signs of complacency—we were charmed by a dessert amuse of freshly fried zappoles, puffy clouds sprinkled with cinnamon, meant to be dipped in a house-made caramel sauce.

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