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For owner Ciro Longobardo, Dolci Amori is an opportunity to do more than just bring delectable Italian pastries to Chicago, it’s a chance to recreate the authentic experience of walking into a pasticceria, or an Italian pastry shop, off of the streets of Napoli.
Dolci Amori is slated to open two cafés, the first of which has set up shop at 2010 W. Pierce Ave, the second at 3025 N Clark St. Longobardo hopes to open the Pierce Ave. location by November 10th, with the N. Clark St. café opening at least 45 days later.
“My idea was to bring to Chicago an Italian Pasticceria, but in Italy, when we talk about pasticerria, at least in Naples where I’m from, we do pasticceria and rosticerria,” Longobardo shared with What Now Chicago. “So we do the sweet items with the savory items.” That means, alongside the beautiful and authentic pastries you can already sneak peeks of over Dolci Amori’s social media, you’ll be able to order Neapolitan street food like arancini, pizzette, and frittatine.
By the way, Longobardo says those photos only scratch the surface, representing maybe 15% of what the cafés will offer. “In the Pierce location we will have a twelve foot display case full of item,” he said.
For Longobardo, the true Italian pastry shop experience is lacking at the moment, at least in Chicago, and he says Italian bakeries in the U.S. tend, for the most part, to be a little old fashioned. “We will have traditional Italian pastry as well as some new items I’ve seen in Italy but haven’t seen here in the U.S. yet,” Longobardo added.
We highly recommend you visit Dolci Amori’s social media, nonetheless, while you await the café’s Pierce Ave. opening.