Scafuri Bakery

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Sfogliatelle at Scafuri Bakery
University Village/UIC

More than a century after its establishment, this family-run Taylor Street bakeshop continues to turn out spot-on renditions of southern Italian classics, like mildly-sweet, cinnamon-scented cannoli that are filled to order and dipped in your choice of chocolate or chopped pistachios. With selections that many Italian-American bakeries offer only at Christmas time—tender, fig-stuffed cuccidati and crisp, pine nut-encrusted pignoli, for instance—the cookie section also impresses. On the savory side, the thick-crusted Sicilian pizza (a steal at $4 for a gargantuan square) is uncomplicated, salty goodness.  

Venue name: Scafuri Bakery
Address: 1337 W Taylor St

Opening hours: Tue-Sun 6am-3pm. Closed Mon.
Transport: El stop: Pink to Polk. Bus: 157.
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