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No. I didn't invite Jerry's to dinner at my house tonight, but most of the food we'll be eating comes from his Italian specialty store, which is even more alluring during the recession.
Oh, it's not just the free cheese, bread, olive oil and other samples I enjoy when shopping in the South Dean Street store in Englewood.
It's the good value you get there, like the homemade potato focaccia with onion and tomato ($3.99 for a hefty 24 ounces) that I'll be serving as an appetizer tonight, possibly adding sliced provolone (photo) at a friendly $2.49 a pound.
For our entrees, three of us we'll share two restaurant-quality "Meals To Go" -- grouper and tilapia with such side dishes as spinach lasagna, artichokes and orecchiette pasta with broccoli rabe and sausage (which we'll discard to keep our meatless pledge). They are only $6.99 and $4.99 after 4 p.m.. if there are any left.
Red wine and salad will complete our meal.
Jerry's Gourmet & More, 410 S. Dean St.,