Pitango, the popular gelato shop in Fells Point, gave customers a new reason to celebrate over the opening of Pitango Bakery and Café, just a few blocks away.
The new location in the former Bonaparte Breads on South Ann Street offers outdoor and indoor seating for about 75 people, according to owner Noah Dan.
One surprising omission from the menu will be gelato.
"I don't want to become a 7/11," Dan said, adding that customers can take a quick walk to the original Pitango to get their gelato fix. "Every place will have a specialty."
The new restaurant, which opened at the end of summer, will feature some of the items formerly sold at Bonaparte, inlcuding croissants.
"We inherited all the croissant set ups," Dan said. "We make a really good croissants. We inherited all the Bonaparte customers, and we have to have croissants. We also just started a new line of brioche. Some of the ingredients are a little different. An Italian will immediately say 'This tastes like Italy.' "
The specialty for the new location will be tasty made-to-order and signature sandwiches on fresh-baked bread, according to Dan.
"We try to have the best bread in town," he said. "We put three times the amount of flavor in the bread than anyone else. These will be Italian-inspired sandwiches with fresh mozzarella, nice prosciutto, roasted vegetables and cold cuts."
Lunch will feature a lot of "grab and go" sandwiches and "build your own" sandwiches, according to Dan.
"We'll feature focaccia, Ciabatta and country loaf," he said.
One of the signature "grab and go" sandwiches, called "Red," was originally designed by a customer. It features tomatoes, focaccia bread, mozzarella and avocado, according to Dan.
"It's kind of become a very popular sandwich," he said.
Pitango Bakery and Café is located at 903 S. Ann St. Call 443-676-6447.