Anna Maria Pasteria

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Anna Picciolini is the cook and Maria Spinelli the baker at this Ravenswood spot. These sisters from Italy's Basilicata region opened a one-room, 40-seat eatery that was tucked between a jeweler and a dry cleaner on Broadway in 1989. They finally outgrew that space and relocated to larger digs on Clark Street in the spring of 2005. The menu covers northern and southern Italian cuisine, including pasta, seafood, veal and chicken. Wines are Italian and Californian and many are available by the glass. Old regulars, young couples and families relax in simple yet tasteful style here: Photos from Italy, an antique preacher's bench and a winepress-turned-planter decorate the dining room. Mario Lanza "sings" from the house CD player, alternating with "The Big Night" soundtrack and Billie Holiday.