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click to enlarge ASHER KLEIN

Sam Lewis, codirector of the Elastic Arts Foundation and hip-hop curator for, relishes:

Half Italian Chicago has no shortage of fine Italian delis. Unfortunately, none were close to my not-for-profit in Avondale, where I'm usually hankering for a crusty bread sandwich . . . until now! Recently, Half Italian opened on Milwaukee Avenue, and I'm filled with joy!

Nancy A. Kamp, owner of Half Italian, has created a beautiful homage to her past by creating a well-balanced deli, grocer, and cucina. I'm usually there for the deli, though, where they have many great offerings, from the Beef Beauty, with beef tenderloin and caramelized onion, to a BLT with Applewood smoked bacon and a garlic mayonnaise. But, being vegetarian, I usually go for the Bella, with roasted portabello, carmelized onion, and grilled artichoke.

Whatever the reason you may go to Half Italian, it's hard to go wrong! Once I was there contemplating getting some Laffy Taffy (I know, I know) and the cashier made the decision for me, by giving it to me for free . . . Bella!


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