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Delize Bakery and Cafe (Tampa)

andy huse | Oct 29, 200210:57 AM

The Delize Bakery and Café brings a special touch of civilization to Tampa’s restaurant market. By civilization, I don’t mean stuffy.

The daily specials greet arriving customers on a small table, completely prepared and plated. On this occasion, five specials were available and all looked excellent. The bakery case was filled with various fresh breads and great-looking muffins and sweets.

The ambience is very peaceful and quiet, the décor charming and elegant. Nonetheless, one feels comfy wearing shorts and sandals.

Vegetable soup was subtle and brimming with a wide variety of veggies. $3.

The proscuitto and onion frittata sandwich was excellent. Served on tender Tuscan farmer’s bread, the frittata was fluffy with egg and paper-thin layers of proscuitto and onion that almost dissolved into the egg. Topped with tomato and basil leaves, the sandwich had a variety of savory flavors that mingled on the palate. Excellent, especially for $6.50.

The antipasto plate was a real treat, with (pickled?) green beans, artichoke hearts, hearts of palm, Genoa salami, proscuitto, provolone, fresh mozzarella made on site, and so on. Very generous and very tasty. $7.

Best of all, our meal came with a large basket of fresh bread that looked overwhelming. We ate everything.

Finished our meal with excellent cappuccino and wonderful crème brulee. We vowed to return with the earnestness of MacArthur.

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