Swoon: Della Leva Espresso Bar

Haute Coffee

You might assume, from its strip-mall locale and brisk drive-thru business, that Della Leva Espresso Bar is just another chain. Breathe in the steam from a cinnamon-dusted Havana cappuccino or sink into a lipstick-red swivel chair, and you’ll realize coffee-shop veteran Bridget Edgeworth is doing her Italian grandmother (for whom the place is named) proud. Iced Vietnamese coffee and locally sourced croissants, plus scones baked in-house daily, set this stylish new spot apart. You’ll be glad you dropped in before hitting nearby Ikea.

DELLA LEVA ESPRESSO BAR — 8220 E. 106th St., Fishers, 812-219-6757


A graduate of IU’s Master of Fine Arts program in creative writing, Terry Kirts hails from a town in Illinois so small it didn’t have a restaurant until he was in the 8th grade. Since 2000, he’s more than made up for the dearth of eateries in his childhood, logging hundreds of meals as the dining critic for WHERE Indianapolis, Indianapolis Woman, and NUVO before joining Indianapolis Monthly as a contributing editor in 2007. A senior lecturer in creative writing at IUPUI, Terry has published his poetry and creative nonfiction in a number of literary journals and anthologies, including Gastronomica, Alimentum, and Home Again: Essays and Memoirs from Indiana, and he’s the author of the poetry collection To the Refrigerator Gods, published by Seven Kitchens Press in 2011.