Half Italian | Logan Square | Italian | Restaurant
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Julia Thiel

Italian grocery and deli.

Our Review

This grocery and deli just across from the Logan Theatre is a charming place, full of staples like olive oil and vinegar, fancy salt, canned tomatoes, tuna, organic bulk dry goods, olives, and fresh pasta, with a small produce section and a well-curated selection of wine and beer. On a blustery evening, it felt like a cozy refuge from the cold, wet weather. Owner Nancy Kamp has kept things simple. In addition to (mostly Italian) meats and cheeses, the deli offers about ten sandwiches and a few grain salads and other sides, averaging $6-$7 per sandwich or per pound—which makes it entirely possible to pick up a couple sandwiches and sides for under $20. There are a few small tables for those who want to dine in, but the sandwiches don't seem to suffer much from traveling. Like the store overall, they're simple but good, with choices like the All Italian (ham, salami, mortadella, provolone, red onion, lettuce, tomato, dressing) and the Bella (roasted portobello mushroom, caramelized onion, grilled artichoke, basil mayonnaise). All are served on lightly crusty D'Amato's bread, with the exception of the Lagano, a generous mound of smoked turkey, prosciutto "bacon," Swiss cheese, tomato, and arugula, which comes on multigrain and is elevated by the crispy prosciutto, which should probably be used on all sandwiches. Another favorite was a side of sweet potatoes with brown butter and pecans, a well-executed classic. Next time, the cannoli.

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