Cirrincione siblings open Sicilian eatery

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A new restaurant in Elk Grove Village was born out of a galvanizing family trip to Sicily. Cefalù Seaside Sicilian owner Tom Cirrincione and his wife took their three adult children — Jodi Curry, Ben Cirrincione and Carolina Eimerman — to visit Altavilla Milicia, Trapani, Palermo, Taormina and Cefalù last year. “They were so inspired by Sicily and the great food,” Cirrincione said. “That’s how they came up with this new concept.”

The restaurant with bar and patio seating meets the community’s need for a unique and more upscale eatery, says Curry, who runs the establishment with her siblings.

The pasta lineup includes cacio e pepe bucatini; orecchiette with mild Italian sausage, rapini, garlic and ricotta salata; and mezzi paccheri with tomato sauce, aged pecorino and chili pepper. Pizzas include the Cefalù, topped with Sicilian pesto, mozzarella and smoked scamorza cheese, and infused with eggplant oil. Other pizzas have ingredients such as black truffle, prosciutto, gorgonzola and salame piccante. Seafood fare includes octopus, branzino and cod, while meats range from chicken to veal to chopped sirloin and more.

The lunch menu includes sandwiches like the “meatball bomber” and a Cefalù burger made with sirloin, wild mushrooms, truffle boursin cheese and pecorino on brioche.

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