From special effects to reality-pushing plot lines, sequels always go bigger, though that may just be because going smaller means Verne Troyer. Opening a big time Italian sequel, the folks behind Letizia's Fiore.
From the Italian fam that brought you adjoining Wicker Park spots Letizia's Natural Bakery and Enoteca Roma, LF's rolling the bakery and wine bar into a more unified concept, with a marble bar up front (guarding a 900-degree wood burning oven), and a brightly-lit back room covered in little herb garden-style clay pots that hint at their forthcoming rooftop greenhouse, whose effect will be ... making your food delicious! Savory treats include an arancini bar that'll serve 3-4 varieties of the fried stuffed rice balls per day (taleggio & speck, prosciutto cotto & peas), rotating seasonal soups like pumpkin barley w/ sage, and thin flatbread Piadina with fillings like goat cheese and roasted eggplant arrabiata, though listening to Jeffrey Ross for an hour would make the most even-keeled eggplant "angry style". On the sweet tip they're house-making nutella to spread over fresh-baked breads and frying up an array of all-natural Euro-style doughnuts, from ciambella (resembling the conventional hole-punched version), to krapfen (a German version dusted with large sugar crystals), to bomba, a cream-filled number that translates literally to "the bomb", creating the Mobius strip of it being the it.
They're planing to build a 100-person sidewalk patio come springtime, and a full dinner offering should be in effect by the end of the year, featuring a huge Ital-heavy wine list and a rotating selection of pastas, sequels that definitely won't create any mini yous.