The guys behind Hyde Park’s Istria are all about keeping things small-scale and local. But that may be hard for them to continue, as people are bound to respond to roasted-to-order coffee, fresh panini and the dozen varieties of housemade gelato. It’s creamy stuff, put out in a constant rotation of flavors as delicious as cherry mascarpone and fresh peach, plus oddball options like Nerds that only a kid could love. They’re the antithesis to Starbucks now, but with a second location at the Hyde Park Art Center, better get it while it’s still indie.
Istria Café [Closed]
|Venue name:||Istria Café [Closed]||Contact:|
1520 E 57th St
|Cross street:||at Lake Park Ave|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Fri 6:30am–8pm; Sat 7am–8pm; Sun 7:30am–8pm|
|Transport:||Bus: 6, 15, 28, 55. Train: Metra.|
|Price:||Average cup: $5|