Italian, Bakery restaurants in Florida
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At midday, follow the hordes of businesspeople to the best lunch spot in downtown Fort Lauderdale. A delightfully old-school Milanese-style bakery and cafe, Gran Forno ('big oven' in Italian) turns out warm, crusty pastries, bubbling pizzas and fat, golden loaves of ciabatta, which they stuff with ham, roast peppers, pesto and other delicacies for some of the area's best sandwiches. Seating is limited – crowd into one of the banquettes in the black-and-white tiled interior, or sip your Peroni under a big red umbrella on the sidewalk. Finish it up with a thimble of hot, strong espresso and a sliver of homemade biscotti.