Tuesday, December 28, 2010
414 Locust a busy spot
Although the hustle and bustle of Christmas is now past and the boxing day madness is over our little neck of the woods downtown at 414 Locust St. is busy this week. Many families are meeting for coffee and treats at Pane Fresco the wonderful Italian bakery next door to us. At 1 p.m. there is scarcely a seat in the house and everyone seems to be enjoying time together over a cup of coffee, or lunch.
If you haven’t discovered this little gem, you are missing out on their great family atmosphere and fabulous food. A passion for the craft of artisan bread led Marc Albanese and his wife Felicia to open Pane Fresco in 2003. They offer bread that is made with no preservatives and using time honoured techniques to coax as much flavour into the bread. Bakers shape and mold doughs by hand in front of you, and then the breads are baked in a European Deck oven. Marc’s breads and café foods are equal to the world’s best as he was trained in San Francisco by the world’s leading teacher of Artisanal bread making “Master Baker Didier Rosada”.
In addition to carrying bread for you to take home to your table, they also have soup (my personal favorite is the roasted red pepper), salads, gourmet pizzas, Panini and desserts such as to die for brownies and their famous canolis. On Sundays they make delicious Belgian waffles with fresh fruit, whipped cream and maple syrup – worth making a weekly tradition.
Pane Fresco is located right next to our visitor centre – across the lobby from us at 414 Locust St. just north of Lakeshore Rd., one block west of Brant St. Stop in and visit us and take home something fresh from the oven next door.