DK Italian Kitchen
DK Italian Kitchen
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DK Italian Kitchen

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.dkitaliankitchen.com/
  • Phone: 8477319179x
  • Hours of Operation:


    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 3:00pm-9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 3:00pm-10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Tony Acri
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Entertainment: Wednesday Nights 6pm-8pm live music from local performers including Country and Western, Jazz, Big Band and other music styles.

    Music sets the ambiance and is always at the volume level where you can hear yourself talk to the people you're eating dinner with.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 11th Street
  • Public Transit: Winthrop Harbor Free Shuttle Bus makes regular stops from the Northpoint Marina and Metra Train Station from Chicago (North Line) direct to our door.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Ample parking with easy handicap access
A word from DK Italian Kitchen
Casual but upscale in atmosphere and food, our authentic Italian Restaurant makes you feel like you're in Italy. Italian trained chef "DK" adds the perfect touches to the classics such as Veal Parmigiana, Chicken Vesuvio and Shrimp Alfredo. Our renowned appetizers include spinach stuffed mushrooms, garlic shrimp and Italian Sausage & Pepper Sauté (one of our many Gluten Free dishes).

Enjoy our outdoor area for al fresco dining or relax at our vintage 1920's era bar for snacks and mixology creations including Bellini, Tuscan Breeze, Martini, fine scotch whiskeys, bourbons or craft beers.

A "Downtown Chicago Quality" restaurant located near the Lake Michigan Shores of northern Illinois, just by the Northpoint Marina; the largest fresh water boating marina in the U.S. The experience is worth the drive; we guarantee it!
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DK Italian Kitchen reviews from OpenTable diners
  • they mean well, but. . . .
    toms
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    the staff and server certainly seem to mean well. website prices however did not match the menu. we were a party of three-served two slices of fresh Italian bread. Shrimp alfredo $15 had merely 6 shrimp (not seasoned and roasted suggested in menu) with plain alfredo. though pasta el dente! :-) Bolognese sauce in lasagna had flavorful sausage but as traditional b-sauce would have-there was no added veggies, seasons or wines-three cheeses added nothing. appetizer garlic bread was garlicky/salty though 4 slices were deep fried. Nightly fish was excellent&fresh. The way the staff served and their attention to our table was sincere, cordial, friendly; but prices for these tastes did not match the quality of service and atmosphere.
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  • What a find!
    ChicagoTexanVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    I read a write up in local paper and doubted it could be as good as they said. My husband who is not an Italian food fan thought it was good! We started with garlic shrimp, very tasty and fresh; I had homemade meat ravioli w/ arrabiatta sauce which was we're-not-kidding super spicy. Ravioli was outstanding. He had chicken parmigiana and loved it. All in an elegant, quiet setting and reasonable prices. Like the jazz music in background and cant wait to come back on a live music Wednesday and in warmer weather to dine on the deck. Well done!
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DK Italian Kitchen
    luv2dine
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    I was pleasantly surprised with this restaurant. It was clean, appealing and the food was delicious.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect night
    Diningwithpurpose
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    Met another couple here to catch up. The food was tasty and more importantly, it was quiet so we could carry on a conversation.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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  • Wonderful Food, Jazz was perfect!
    suzyshop
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    Took my daughter, sister and friend to dinner on a Wednesday Jazz night! The food was outstanding! Once inside you feel you have stepped into a little bit of Italy. I will be recommending DK Italian Kitchen to my friends. Give it a try!
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    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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  • The food is consistently delicious
    DandB
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    The food is consistently delicious and portions are generous! The staff are attentive but not intrusive. Can't wait for warmer weather to dine outside. The addition of live jazz music on Wednesday evening is a nice addition.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DK Kitchen
    Laura
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    This was our first time at DK Italian Kitchen. The food was excellent and the service was very good. The staff was friendly and low key. The restaurant was full but we never felt rushed. I will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't judge a Book by its cover
    BillyPates
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    By its outside appearance as far as Expensive Restaurants go This one put all of their value in GREAT FOOD And Service on the inside, We can't wait to return and try so many other fine cooked dishes. A must go place. Bill P. Thanks to owner Will and his staff, Great Place
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • anniversary dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    The egg plant and Tilapia were great! There was more than enough to eat. My wife nor I could finish all there was. She had the egg plant and I had the Tilapia. It was great dining for our 44th anniversary. We swapped our meals for dinner on Saturday and they were still great! It was a great dining experience and one we will do again. We recommend the DK for all to experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I really enjoyed eating here.
    enjoysgoodfood
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    I really enjoyed eating here. The food was fantastic and the service was great. You're Homemade food is so much better than from the freezer to the oven like many other restaurants.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BIRTHDAY DINNER
    Tommy
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    We celebrated my girl Lynn's birthday here...she loves your Pasta Sambocca dish. Good food, nice music playing too.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great service
    kaab
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    The food was fantastic! The service was awesome. Our waitress was on the ball, smiled, and interacted with us. They had live music which always concerns me due to noise levels. However, the music was not loud, they played softly in the background. This is a small and quaint place with good food and great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Favorite Italian Restaurant
    italiangourmet
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Went with dear friends and fellow foodies. Were blown away by the taste and quality of the food. I had the veal parmigiana; it was tender, large portion, smothered in mozzarella and the sauce was tasty too. My wife had the lemon pepper salmon and said it was delicious. My friend ordered a bottle of Livio Felluga Sosso wine; was very good. The place feels like you're in Italy; the walls are rustic golden stucco and the ceiling is black. There was jazz music playing in the background and the place was pretty busy. Dessert was also good; I had the Belgium dark chocolate mousse cake and a cappuccino. All told, the bill was reasonable. Would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice family restaurant
    Jack
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Food was very good, large portions. Service was excellent ! Will be returning and telling friends.
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  • Great food, service, and price.
    Food4thought
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Small cozy restaurant. The food was very good and the service was quick and friendly. Servers answered questions and made recommendations when asked. Felt the cost was reasonable appetizer, meals and a shared dessert for two for $50 is good. The only thing that did not feel right was the background music. Just didn't fit with the whole Italian feel of the restaurant. I will tell people about the restaurant and will be going back again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food and service was good.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Food and service was good. The portions were enough to take home left overs for both myself and husband. I thought the bar was nice, a bit over priced for a rail brandy old fashion, when up the road at Ray Radigan's it would have been the same price but they don't use rail brandy. We would go back and I would recommend it to family and friends.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Rib eye steak marinated in
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    Rib eye steak marinated in olive oil which completely eliminated the taste of beef. We want to taste beef, not the marinade. Rice balls not as crispy as I'd like, tho generously portioned, perhaps too large for appetizer. The chicken in sauce with peas had far too much sauce, again covering the flavor of the chicken. I thought the menu described peppers & onions on this chicken dish with buttery sauce & peas, there were no peppers & onions, only peas & herbs in alot of buttery sauce. Perhaps I confused it with another menu item. Great roasted vegs! Waitress friendly & upbeat tho did not ask if we wanted more bar drinks. We said the calamari was fishy & waitress immediately replied she would take it off the bill, which she did.
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    romantic, special occasion
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  • First time diner at DK. It
    loveravioli
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    First time diner at DK. It was OK. Had bruschetta, meat ravioli and cannoli. Meat ravioli was prepared well and served hot but it was nothing outstanding. The bruschetta was very fresh and the cannoli was good. Husband had lasagna and said it was very cheesie( this is good to him.) Clean and comfortable with good wait staff.. The night we visited there was a nice jazz combo-very pleasant atmosphere. We enjoyed the music very much.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Will go again!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    Overall very good experience. However only 2 bad things were they did not have a kids menu at all. I feel if you have highchairs and can accommodate kids then you should have a kids menu. I do think it's a little pricey for the area it's in but the food was very good.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • outstanding service
    tagman
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    I booked a table for 4 and had a surprise guest show up. They were very quick to set us up at a larger table. This was a first time experience for 3 of the 5 in our. Group. They kept commenting on how nice the restaurant looked and how good the food was! My wife and I agree. We have dined here numerous times, and have enjoyed it greatly. The restaurant is small and friendly, with a great staff. We will continue to go back and introduce new people to this fine dining in Winthrop Harbor, IL.
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    notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy
    drvr101
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    The only thing I would change is Prime Rib whenever I come in, not just Saturdays.
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Day after Valentine's Day
    dennisandee
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    My wife and I went to DK Italian Kitchen, Saturday after Valentine's Day to celebrate. This was our third visit to DK. We were there a few months ago, and I sent an e-mail asking if they would consider offering arrancini as an appetizer. A few weeks later, it was on the menu. Needless to say, we had to try it and it was very good. My wife had the Portabella stuffed ravioli in cream sauce, which was excellent. I had the mostaccioli with Bolognese sauce with meatballs. Just like home made. We also had the Tiramisu for dessert. Also, excellent. DK Italian Kitchen, is a gem here on the far North Shore!!! I have recommended DK to several friends. If you are looking for really good, home made Italian dishes, this is the place!!!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Interesting
    Charlottemike
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Small but quaint . Two tables by the front door not a good idea. People coming in from outside are standing right next to u while your eating . Food was very good and staff were very friendly. Bartender was great. We go to CTCA several time a year and will dine there again . Would recommend this place to others
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    notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The food was excellent and the service was very good. Parking was challenging, they need a bigger lot. Will definately go back, this is a welcome addition to the Harbor.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as good the second time
    185days
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We went there on Valentine's Day. We were seated promptly- had a reservation- and greeted at the table right away. After our order was taken, the server seemed to disappear. Our beverages were served after the salads, even with several requests. The V-D menu was rather limited but everyone managed to find something they liked. The Surf and Turf was enjoyed by two in our party. I had the seafood pasta- it was quite tasty. I added the mussels. It was only $1.00 extra but they were large and rather chewy. I did enjoy the Belgium Chocolate Cake for dessert.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Valentine's Day
    clar
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Because it was Valentine's Day, it was very busy. I would have to go back at a time when it's not so busy in order to be fair. I knew Surf and Turf was going to be on the menu for the evening, but I didn't know that it would be a limited menu rather than the full menu. Had I known that, I would have gone someplace else.
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  • Valentines Day
    Sherry
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    My husband and I both had the surf and turf. The steak was by far one of the best if not the best steak we have ever had. Thanks DK. Love your restaurant!!!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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  • Overall experience
    Kathy
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    For our first visit, we really enjoyed everything about the night. All staff members were very nice. The service was excellent and we enjoyed the food we ordered; even dessert!
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Better than you think!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Looks better than the pictures. Food was wonderful. Husband said "Best Prime rib he's had in a long time." We'll be back!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Details matter!
    DoItRight
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    Its the details that matter! No water offered at the table. Nothing offered to start (breadsticks, something?). Server opened the wine and poured two full glasses with no inspection, then stuck the cork back in. Salads pre-made and stored in fridge, lettuce heel included. Butter also, hard as a rock. Lasagna was ok in flavor but consistency of mush. Vesuvio was lacking flavor and swimming in oil. I had heard good things, but the place was empty on a Friday night. I think I know why. The people were well- meaning and nice, prices good, but we won't be back.
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  • Solid as a rock
    josindy
    Dined on 1/8/2014
    On the evening we visited, the bar was quiet, so the restaurant was also quiet. Appropriately decorated with a sophisticated hand, don't expect plastic grape vines in this establishment. The dining area is sweet elegance. Food was exceptional. The Italian sausage was comparable to my friends Mom, who was an immigrant from Sicily, hand made her own sausages. In other words, it was authentic - delicious. Table bread is provided (with oil) and is served piping hot from the oven. Portion sizes are generous, so be mindful if you order an appetizer. Many folks depart with their leftovers suggesting that maybe portion sizes are too generous. Pricing is $$, but again the value is much, much, more. Buon Appetito!
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    romantic, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always good food.
    WHTourism
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    On one of the coldest nights of the year, we ventured out for a dinner with my brother and his wife. The soup was great and the main courses were wonderful. The portions were large and we all enjoyed our meal. Server was excellent!
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable
    Missytwotoes
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    Had delicious food--service was great--an enjoyable evenind
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    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Local Place at Last!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Winthrop Harbor has been lacking a nice place for people to go out to eat for a very long time. This is a wonderful place. The food is great, the service is great and it is close to home! Finally a place to go for a real sit down dining experience. Something other than fast food or pizza. I highly recommend this restaurant for anyone looking for a nice place to go for a dinner with friends and family. The food presentation is beautiful, the flavor is amazing, and the service is five star. The prices are very reasonable for the menu offered and the food portions. Thanks to the owners and staff at DK's for a great dining experience. A 20+ year Winthrop Harbor resident.
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    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Hit Once Again!
    Dennis
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    Once again brought a new couple to eat at this neighborhood treausre. Everyone was well satisfied with both service and food.
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    notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Will definitely come back!
    Robbo
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    Will definitely come back! The calamari appetizer was outstanding.
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    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent - Once Again
    Dennis
    Dined on 12/10/2013
    Always a good dining experience at DK's. Excellent food and service.
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    notable wine list, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • We are local to this restuarant
    Dennis
    Dined on 12/4/2013
    We are local to this restuarant and go there several times a month. Dave is an excellent host and the food has always been excellent. We continue to introduce new people to DK's and continue to enjoy excellent cusine.
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    notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our new favorite place
    Linda
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    DK Kitchen is consistently delicious quality food.
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    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great lighting additions to
    BombshellVIP
    Dined on 11/20/2013
    Great lighting additions to table area. Staff was welcoming and provided attention. Nightly special was a hit for our table too.
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