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Gran Forno Las Olas (Fort Lauderdale)

Posted on December 29th, 2010 · Breakfast Desserts Fast Food Fort Lauderdale Italian


***** Gran Forno Las Olas, 1235 East Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301, (954) 467-2244.

Let’s start with a point of reference…I was born in 1949 and until 1975 lived at 811 Cortelyou Road, Brooklyn New York 11218. The neighborhood bakery was Steinhardt’s Bakery owned by Arnold Steinhardt (my mother always called him Mr. Steinhardt) and the joint made the most delicious onion rolls, butter rolls, challah, rugalah, bobka- known to mankind. For sure, during those “formative” years, I ate plenty of pizza, meatballs & spaghetti and had my fair share of Italian ices, cannolis, tartufos and spumoni…but my “expertise” was in deli and Jewish style baked goods.

With all that in mind, let me tell you about Gran Forno, an Italian Bakery located on East Las Olas Boulevard. Now, not claiming to be an expert on Italian baked goods, I’m gonna take a shot here and tell you, that Gran Forno makes some absolutely delicious- breads, cookies, cakes, ciabitti, focaccia, biscotti, pastries, filone, pizza, sandwiches.

Since those Brooklyn days, I’ve kinda broadened my taste-field…and I want you to know, that Gran Forno has to rank up there with the best Italian bakeries I have been in. Just so you know…there are a handful of tables, so you can eat-in, if that’s your game.

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Gran Forno is open every day 7:30am-7pm except Monday when it’s closed.

5 Comments to “Gran Forno Las Olas (Fort Lauderdale)”

  1. Lynn Rappaport says...

    Been there.
    You are 100% correct that baked goods are outrageoulsy delicious. Same goes for their pizza.
    Only difference between the great Brooklyn stuff you use to get and Gran Forno is Mr. Steinhardt’s cupcakes back then were $.05 and the pizza you got was $.15. Try 4 bucks for that cupcake and 5 bucks for that pizza slice at Gran Forno.

  2. Johnny Soprano says...

    Jeff, you got to try Joseph’s Italian Pastry Shop in Deerfield. Best cannolis you ever ate.
    Johnny Soprano

  3. seltzer says...

    had pizza there yesterday during las olas strret fair. delicious.

  4. ellen chaite(anzovino) says...

    Hi Jeff- Just playing ‘Jewish geography’ and wondering if you are the Jeff I was friendly with when I was a little girl. I lived at 811 Cortelyou Rd. from 1951- 1963 when my Mom ( Harriet) remarried. She was a widow as of 1960.
    It will be a real small world if you are the Jeffrey that I remember playing with. Can’t recall your Mom’s name- Selma?

  5. JeffEats says...

    ellen chaite (anzovino)”

    Hey Ellen, one and the same. My mom’s name was Rhoda. Selma was Leon Hurvitch’s mom.

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