Free coffee refills in a space with high, white ceilings
Let me put it this way: You’re not meant to drink your cup and get out. You’re invited to stay, to sit on the white couches in a brightly-lit room and browse the fashion magazines and Uffizi coffee table books.
The two owners make a mean quiche, served with soup or salad. Don’t overlook the paninis, either: Prosciutto and Jarlsberg, Caprese (mozzarella and tomato), Genoa Salami and Fontina, Turkey and Asiago and Tofu and Veggies ($5.79-$6.79).
All the pastries are delicious, but ask what’s recommended that day. Some of my favorites are the blueberry muffins and, of course, the vanilla cupcakes as dense as those at Magnolia Bakery in New York City. Subscribe to the official Facebook page or Twitter feed to learn exactly when that pecan pie comes out of the oven. Stick around for long enough and you’ll be tasting plenty of pastry test-runs. Last time I was there, one of the owners, who’s from Florence, brought out a plate of raspberry bars with a top layer of slivered almonds and honey, reminiscent of a Florentine cookie.
–Tara for TKGO City Guides611 Dempster St., Evanston. (847) 859-6317. Yelp reviews of I Dream of Sweets > I Dream of Sweets is on Facebook > I Dream of Sweets on Twitter > Google Maps >