We Came for This

Panna reminds us of why we migrated to Miami

The bakery counter's pastelitos -- the pastry shells lighter than they looked -- were a mixed success. Meat pies were good, stuffed fully and spiced well. But both spinach and cheese pastelitos were half air inside, and the spinach filling was very overcooked -- metallic and dry as well as sparse.

Finally Panna is definitely not a place to skip dessert; if the huge portions leave you no room, get something to go. Coffee cake was not the breakfast pastry but rather an elegant torte, liqueur-soaked cake layered with mocha frosting, with chocolate "coffee beans" on top -- kind of a gentrified tiramisu. Not-too-sweet flan (topped with a super-sweet dollop of dulce de leche) was a blast of childhood comfort, a grownups' version of granny's egg custard. Best was mango mousse: The thin yellow cake layer topped with cloud-light mousse, coated with a glaze that was (unlike most dessert glazes) delightfully tart rather than cloyingly sugared, and crowned with a slice of fresh mango finished dinner with another reminder that this is why we live in South Florida.

Don't skip dessert at this sweet spot
Steve Satterwhite
Don't skip dessert at this sweet spot

Location Info


Panna Cafe

7301 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33141-2711

Category: Restaurant > Breakfast

Region: Mid/North Beach


305-866-0677. Open daily 7:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. (midnight on Friday and Saturday).
7305 Collins Ave, Miami Beach

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