Pan’e Docli is a little slice of Italian heaven located off of highway A1A and Oakland Park blvd in Fort Lauderdale, FL. I came across this bakery accidentally almost two years ago, but I am so glad that I did. The place is quaint, quiet and peaceful, which is amazing considering its location right off two of the busiest streets in Fort Lauderdale.
Pan’e Dolci Bakery
3341 E Oakland Park Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308
The food here is perfect for those times when you are in the mood for not-too-much, but not-too-little. In the land of Cuban sandwiches (which are flavorful, tasty and everything good about South Florida in their own right) it can be hard to find a good old-fashioned Italian panini. However, this bakery makes not only paninis with just the right amount of flavor, but their pastries can make a fan out of even those who despise sweets. These delectable treats are the first thing you see when you walk through the door and for good reason.
I stopped by for lunch earlier this week and ordered my standby, the prosciutto panini. It’s no frills, just thin sliced prosciutto, mozzarella, tomatoes and basil with a touch of oil and their own blend of seasonings. My co-worker was hungry as well. When I described how much I loved this place, she slid me a ten dollar bill and told me to pick something off the menu I thought she would enjoy. I did, ordering her a turkey panini with provolone, tomatoes and lettuce. It sounds pretty ordinary, but the taste is excellent.
A view from my desk: the prosciutto panini.
I hear the “real” reason this place is so beloved is because of the gelato. The presentation alone draws you in. You can find all types of gelato goodness located on the left side of the restaurant. It’s almost a hidden gem so if you’re in a hurry, like me most times I visit this place, you might miss it.
I would love to leave you with Pan’e Dolci’s social media information but the owner is old school. No Facebook to review the food, no Instagram to show off this amazing menu, and not even a website to place orders. Nope. His business is completely word-of-mouth based on solid food and great customer service. So if you are ever in the Fort Lauderdale area near Oakland Park Blvd, take some time to visit this hidden gem.