coming soonIn mid-March, Anteprima will begin serving a seasonal menu of rustic, regional Italian cuisine in the former Madrigal's space. Owner Marty Fosse, the former general manager at Spiaggia and a partner in Carlucci and Charlie's Ale House, promises hearty fare and an 100-percent Italian wine list.
City Olive, an olive oil-focused specialty foods store, is also aiming for a mid-month opening. Along with more than a dozen varieties of olive oils, owner Karen Rose--an Andersonville resident for 22 years--plans to stock a variety of vinegars, tapenades, pastas and seasonings, including an extensive selection of imported sea salts. Inspired by trips to Europe, she says she's aiming for an "Old World" feel at the new spot.
Down the street from Pasticceria Natalina, Belkacem Elmetennani, who also owns Crepe & Coffee Palace in Lincoln Park, has opened Icosium Kafe. Bright linens, golden lanterns with beaded fringes, and other Mediterranean touches adorn the inside of the cafe, named for Elmetennani's hometown in Algeria. The menu features substantial salads, but the real focus is on crepes. Make your own, or go for one of the house specialties, such as Crepe Icosium, made with raisins, pears and rose water, and topped with pistachio ice cream. Savory crepes, such as Crepa Iberica, are served with homemade soup. Icosium Kafe is BYOB, but the menu offers non-alcoholic beverages ranging from fresh-squeezed carrot juice to Egyptian mango juice to organic coffees and teas.
Continue your Mediterranean experience at Marrakech Treasures, a bazaar-like boutique crammed with Moroccan handicrafts, accessories and furniture. Owner Nadia Rahmani, who opened shop in mid-December, travels to her native Morocco four times a year to hand pick every item in the store. Among her finds: goat-skin lamps embellished with handmade henna paste, jewelry designed by women from the region of Ourika and a $3,000 antique door adorned with bronze and silver carvings.
For more contemporary home decor, head across the street to Haus, filled with pieces from 25 different local and national artists. Since its October opening, the gallery-like space has been showcasing everything from simple housewarming gifts to high-end, museum-quality pieces, such as hand-blown glass vases, woven linen tapestries, and oil, acrylic and mixed media canvases. Owner Greg Steffens, who tries to highlight up-and-coming artists, regularly hosts events in the space.
An offshoot of the seven-year-old Lakeview store of the same name, Borderline MUSIC specializes in dance imports, world beats, lounge music and unreleased DJ mixes. Co-owners Scott Jannush and Greg Scollan also stock framed music posters, imported magazines, DVDs and pop-culture collectibles. And naturally, the shop, which was named for Madonna's first top 10 hit, boasts the largest selection of Madonna memorabilia and music in the country, including limited-edition releases and out-of-print memorabilia. Borderline MUSIC also hosts artist meet-and-greets.
Natalie Cirar is a metromix special contributor.
Originally published March 5, 2007.