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Brothers Paul and Marc Pribaz, who also own the Istria Café in the 55th-56th-57th Street Metra station, are behind this coffee shop in the Hyde Park Art Center. The cafe's named after the peninsula in the Adriatic Sea known for its rich coffee traditions, so it's no surprise that the focus here is on premium, locally-roasted coffee beans for the cafe's coffee products (from Intelligentsia).  Non-caffeinated offerings include a selection of pastries, grilled panini sandwiches such as the prosciutto with fresh mozzarella and basil, plus there are about 20 flavors of house-made gelato (popular favors include mango and chili-chocolate).