Sunday, July 20, 2014

Breakfast At The Bake

The Belle of Ballast Point and I stopped in for dinner the other night at Mario's Trattoria and Bar on Bayshore south of Gandy. This was the old Cellini's, but has now been reincarnated as Mario's, serving some original and outstanding Italian specialties.

We were delighted to discover that the long awaited bakery that Mario's has been promising is now open. There were some very interesting items being offered on the breakfast menu that demanded a return visit from us. So, this morning we headed for The Bake of Tampa, 5427 Bayshore, adjacent to Mario's restaurant.

The Bake is either order to go or sit pretty much wherever you choose. We considered the patio, but Tampa in July is a bit muggy, even at 10 in the morning. The Belle and I chose to sit on the inside at a bar looking to the outside.

The Bake has several choices to satisfy your caffeine craving: coffee Americana, cappuccino, latte, macchiato, and hot tea. Owner Michael poured us two cups of excellent coffee Americana.

My dazzling dining partner chose to break her fast with the Breakfast Plate with an egg, fruit, cheese, and a couple of slices of a light and airy Italian bread. She chose Nutella as her bread spread. This was a great pairing with hard and soft cheeses and the accompanying grapes. This breakfast plate would have been better if consumed on a balcony overlooking the Almalfi coast. Oh, well!

I was enticed by The Bake's Beansy. This was an intriguing dish with an egg, Italian sausage, melted provolone cheese, diced tomatoes, red peppers, and white beans topping a crispy bruschetta. I very much appreciated this very filling and original breakfast treat. I am not fond of the typical American breakfast foods, so the Beansy was a winner for me.

We can enthusiastically recommend The Bake for light breakfast and lunch fare along with some really good Italian baked goods. My bride and I took home a bag of zeppole (similar to a beignet) for breakfast tomorrow.

The menu board changes periodically, but this is what was available during our visit.  

Buon appetito, y'all!

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  1. Not sure if I'm feelin' it, Jon. And, please...try to stop having so much fun without us. :p

    1. Dear Sweetest of Pollys,

      Our lives are but empty pasta shells without you and The Dawg. You guys put the FU in fun. I'm not sure that sounded right, but we will try toning it down a bit.

      LUV U Guys,

      Me and the BOBP