There is nothing like a comfy neighborhood bakery and cafe and Pane Rustica is one of my favorite local spots. Nestled in the heart of Palma Ceia at 3225 South MacDill, Pane Rustica is a food lover’s haven with rustic sandwiches, hearty pastas, decadent sweets and of course, a coffee bar. I have spent many mornings at Pane Rustica having coffee with friends and it is one of my favorite spots to read a book and relax. Aside from their cafe menu, they also feature a full bar and dinner menu with exquisite entrees and exotic cocktails. I will be featuring their dinner menu and cocktails next month, so for now I want to focus on one of my favorite sandwiches at Pane Rustica……Smoked Turkey.
Served on your choice of bread, this heavenly sammich consists of smoked turkey, sweet onion jam, tomato and aioli. I had mine on rosemary focaccia and it was outstanding. Comforting and beyond tasty, this is one of my favorite sandwiches in Tampa Bay.
The sweet onion jam is what really makes this sammich so remarkable. Sweet and salty, the onion jam combined with the aioli creates an incredible combination that will leave you salivating for more. With fresh bread choices such as french, sourdough, rustic italian, focaccia, olive, seven grain, rye, scali and whole wheat, you can customize this masterpiece. My favorite is their rosemary focaccia.
If you are looking for a great, local spot to catch a quick bite, be sure and check out Pane Rustica. In addition to the fabulous Smoked Turkey, other favorites of mine include Fresh Mozzarella with Prosciutto, Grilled Chicken (grilled chicken, provolone, red pepper, greens, sundried tomato caper aioli), and Pan Blackened Salmon (blackened salmon, avocado, tomato, greens, aioli).
See you next Sunday with another tasty sammich!