|Cuisine Type |||Deli, Sandwiches, Bakeries|
|Ambiance |||Sidewalk Cafe, Casual|
|Meals Served |||Light Meals/Snacks, Lunch, Picnics, Breakfast, Brunch|
|Amenities |||No Alcohol, Counter & Bar Service, Delivery|
|Pricing |||Less than $20|
|Payment |||Interac, MasterCard, Visa|
|Getting There |||Bus # 9, 99.|
|Cross Street |||between Tolmie and Sasamat Streets|
|Open seven days a week, 8AM to 7PM|
Profile Last Updated: December 17, 2008
Tucked away in quiet Point Grey, Pane e Formaggio is arguably the best Italian deli and bakery this side of the city. Surrounded by a travel agency, a camera store and a green grocer, the cafe stands out for its fresh Italian fare, breezy charm and shelves chockfull of gourmet goodies. The room is bright and friendly, with high ceilings, warm lighting, wood paneling and elegant French doors that open up onto the sidewalk. The couple of outdoor tables are highly-prized and likely to cause an arm wrestle contest or two, but terracotta tiled tables and black iron chairs lend an alfresco feel, even when indoors.
Bread and Cheese
Pane e Formaggio feels like a European café, perfect for lazing the afternoon away while contemplating the beauty of life and life’s blessings – like artisan bread and specialty cheeses. In-the-know residents and students from the nearby university have been trekking to the bakery since it opened in 2001, coming back for its home-baked Tuscan bread, sourdough specialties, or the Sundried Country Pecan loaf. Sandwiches, which are stuffed with top-notch charcuterie meats and fresh vegetables are hefty. In the mornings, enjoy a selection of pastries including muffins and scones.
… And Everything Else
Pane e Formaggio has an East Vancouver store, but their Point Grey café also houses a good selection of fine goods imported from Italy. Shelves are stocked with hard-to-find pasta brands, canned tomatoes, olives, virgin olive oil, biscuits, cookies and sweets. Stock up here on your favourite Italian delicacies.
Parking: metered street parking