Places to Gill Out: Gran Forno

By: Jeweliana Register

 NSU is a unique and lively campus, but that doesn’t mean that Sharks can’t band together and take an afternoon to explore the South Florida area — even if that just means finding a quaint place to study.

If you’re searching for a place to devour some delicious bakery items, look no further than Gran Forno. Gran Forno, located on lively Las Olas Boulevard, is a traditional bakery shop. The bakery offers a variety of freshly-baked goods and beverages, as well as a laid-back atmosphere perfect for hitting the books.

Gran Forno has a wide array of treats. The aroma of fresh baked goodies fills the air of the quiet bakery when you walk in. According to their website, Gran Forno specializes in European, Italian and American favorites. Gran Forno produces approximately 800 ciabatta loaves every single day, so there will be no shortage of delicious, fresh bread in sight.

On the menu, there is a variety of cakes, tarts, cookies, muffins and croissants. Some fan favorites include the strawberry amaretti cookies, the blueberry muffins and the asparagus parma prosciutto quiche. Other delicious items include the Belgium chocolate croissant, the chocolate chip cookies, the fresh fruit tart and the fresh mango cheesecake.

If you’re in the mood for a savory snack, the menu includes a variety of paninis and house specials. The fan favorite panini is the Italian cold cut, but there are many other options as well, like the chicken pesto and the caprese panino. Some house specials may include chicken lasagna and Sicilian pizza.

In addition to this, Gran Forno has coffee options for your caffeine fix. Have a cappuccino with friends or fuel your study session with an espresso doppio.

Bustling Las Olas meets traditional family style in this charming bakery. Whether you’re meeting friends or flying solo for a study session, Gran Forno is sure to make you feel right at home. Grab a friend or a textbook and head to Gran Forno, but don’t forget your appetite.

You can find a full menu online at

Gran Forno Bakery

1235 E Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Hours: Sunday through Friday 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Price Range: $5-$15

Photo credit: J. Register

Caption: Gran Forno specializes in freshly-baked goods and treats.