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Patty’s Cakes of Vero Beach – Business Review

by Thomas Miller – Food Blogger / Restaurant Critic for Vero Vine and Vero Beach Foodie

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I first discovered Patty’s Cakes when I came across one of her creations on Facebook and I felt compelled to reach out to her for more information about the amazing cakes I saw on her page.  We scheduled a time to get together for a tasting and the cakes below are what she made for us to try.  When we arrived at her home, she had a simple, yet elegant setting waiting for us at her dining room table along with champagne for the tasting.  Everything looked wonderful so I could not wait to dive right in and see what flavors she made for us to try.

From the age of 10 years old, Patty started baking in the kitchen with her mother and it quickly became a passion.  One of her favorite things to make were cream puffs.  She got so good at making them her neighbors started to request orders for them and she was happy to oblige.  Her mother started to notice how many ingredients came up missing from her panty and how messy the kitchen became, so she decided that Patty could start purchasing her own ingredients and cleaning the kitchen too.  While the professional training that Patty has had over the years has given her knowledge, her mother has been her greatest influence, providing both experience and the support needed to start her own business, which she also helped give a name to, and Patty’s Cakes was born.

In Conclusion:

Cakes have become so much more than just a simple sweet treat for parties and celebrations.  They have become a representation of what is important to us in our lives, and Patty does a wonderful job of creating that for your special occasion.  We were provided with five amazing cakes to try for the tasting and we loved each one of them.  They were all very moist and were quite delicious with tons of flavor.  With all of her cakes being made from scratch, you have many options to choose from when you sit down with her to create your perfect cake.  If you are looking for that one of a kind cake for your special occasion, then I suggest you give her a call, I know you won’t be disappointed!

Patty’s Cakes of Vero Beach Website  |  Facebook Page

Give her a call to set up an appointment:  (772) 643-7061

Vero Vine Top 9 Dessert Shops

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Everyone likes a sweet treat once in a while! We’re here to help guide you to some of Vero’s best bakeries. Cakes and cupcakes, chocolate covered everything, pastry galore, we have it all right here! Make sure to comment down below your favorite spot and dessert they serve!


Sammy’s Mediterranean Cafe

Here at Sammy’s Mediterranean Café, our focus is on providing authentic and healthy food from all over the world, specializing in Lebanese and Greek cuisine.

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Classy Cupcakes

Classy Cupcakes offers treats that taste even better than they look. Walk-Ins Welcome, Good For Kids, Take Out, Delivery, Catering and Outdoor Seating

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How Sweet it is Chocolate Factory

How Sweet It Is Chocolate Factory is family owned & operated. We offer over 200 varieties of hand-dipped chocolates including sugar-free. We make over 12 flavors of creamy butter fudge including sugar-free. Check out our custom gift baskets & unique gifts. Stop in our old fashion ice cream parlor and chocolate factory. Watch as we hand dip the mouth-watering chocolate & creamy fudge. The smell alone is guaranteed to satisfy. Our chocolatiers welcome family or scheduled group tours to see our chocolates being made. “Always old-fashioned quality.”

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Kilwins

Warm ocean breezes carry the delightful aroma of fresh-baked waffle cones to the upscale shops and boutiques lining our beautifully designed street. We also make fudge, caramel apples, brittles and hand-dipped chocolate confections in our shoppe each day. And, of course, our original recipe ice cream is the best way to cool off! Join us for your morning coffee – our own special blend – or an iced latte made with our own authentic espresso. 

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Slice of Paris

Our product comes fresh from Paris France. We offer many varieties of baguettes, Ciabattas, rolls, croissants and pastries, and tarts. Come experience the REAL taste of French delicacies. Have a specialty coffee too.

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Frosting

Welcome to the wonderfully whimsical world of Frosting, where cakes are an art form, cupcakes are famous, and buttercream reigns supreme! Frosting specializes in cupcakes, cakes, and just about anything sweet! 

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Tasty- O Donuts

First opened on 08/12/1971 and still serving up doughnuts and pastries now. Baked fresh daily and made by hand. We are first donut shop in Vero Beach, Florida!

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Cravings

Cravings has really grown in the last 25 years offering a vast variety of breakfast items, lunch items, and scrumptious desserts. What remains the same is the quality of our product and commitment to customer service. We are very thankful to our dedicated customers. We hope you enjoy our products. We are sure your friends, family, and clients will too.

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Sweet Creations 

Specialty Cakes and Baked goods for all occasions! Each order is baked fresh for your special occasion. Never Frozen! FREE SAMPLES DAILY! Join the Cake of the Month Club Memberships, to receive a delicious 4 inch round cake each month. Taste the most delicious Drunken Friday Cupcakes on Fridays!

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Baci Trattoria – Restaurant Review 2017

by Thomas Miller – Food Blogger / Restaurant Critic for Vero Vine and Vero Beach Foodie

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As one of my all-time favorite places for breakfast in Vero, I was really excited for the opportunity to review Baci again.  Last year my friend and guest blogger, Eden Collona wrote the review and I was a bit jealous because the food and experience we had was so amazing.  The items on the menu are truly unique and tend to have funky names and a story behind them.  Getting to meet the owner, Karen Scott Fulchini was another highlight of my first visit.  Her warm greeting makes you feel like you are family and dining in her own home.  If you have an opportunity to sit down and dine with Karen, I highly recommend you do.  Her stories alone are worth the time to have a meal with her.

Located in Downtown Vero just off 14th Avenue in a strip mall, Baci is in the corner between the new VB American Bar & Grill (review) and Carmine & Lucia’s (review).  Parking is somewhat limited depending on the time of day you arrive, but there is street parking if you cannot find any spots in the parking lot.  While the inside air-conditioned space is limited, they do have an outdoor patio that has lots of space.  Even in the heat of summer, its shaded and lots of fans to keep the air moving.  The inside is nicely decorated and Italian inspired.  The staff does not seem to change that often, so it’s nice getting to know them and seeing them again each time you visit.

 

Now on to the food!  Let’s jump right in and see what I had to eat!

Insalata Antipasti – ($13.00) – As someone who follows a very low carb diet at home, it’s nice to see a restaurant offer this as an option for someone like me.  The antipasti platter includes shaved prosciutto, genoa salami, mortadella, fresh mozzarella, provolone, and fire roasted peppers.  Portion size was large and quite the bargain for the quality of meats and cheeses served.  Two of my favorites on the platter were the mortadella and the fresh mozzarella. They were both superb! The fire roasted peppers were soft, sweet, garlicky, and went perfectly with the taralli croutons served alongside.

Fried Polenta Fingers – ($8.00) – We got our first taste of these at the Bacon Festival and immediately fell in love with them.  While these don’t have bacon in them, they do have parmesan cheese and are wonderful!  They have a certain richness to them, and the more you eat, the better the flavor gets.  You get two sauce options, either the tomato basil gravy or the spicy Italian pesto dipping sauce.  We had the Italian pesto sauce and it was a perfect match with the polenta.

Shrimp Emanuela – ($13.00) – The polenta at Baci seems to be taking a starring role lately due to customer request.  I know because I’m one of the customers that have requested it several times in other dishes and not just in the Primavera Benedict.  This dish was the inspiration of Chef Amy and she insisted we try it even though we just had the polenta fingers.  It contains two of the same polenta cakes that they use in the benedict and are topped with garlic butter shrimp, served over a bed of fresh spinach, and garnished with shaved parmesan cheese.  Additional garlic butter sauce was served alongside.  Such simple ingredients, yet they work so well together.  It was so good!

Peasant Grits Pot – ($10.00) – If you are really hungry, then might I suggest you give this one a try?  The pot is filled about a 1/3 of the way with their wonderful creamy grits, then topped with sautéed spinach, bacon, pimento cheese, two eggs cooked to order, and chopped chives as a garnish.  I ordered my eggs sunny side up because I figured the runny yolk would further enhance this dish.  The grits were nice and creamy, the bacon was crispy, and the eggs were perfectly cooked sunny side up.  It was delicious!

Holy Cannoli Pancakes – ($10.00) – HOLY CANNOLI BATMAN!!!  This right here is why I say that Baci is different.  Where else can you find something like this on the menu in Vero?  It’s made with 2 pancakes, with the top one folded back and stuffed with cannoli filling.  It’s then topped with more filling, a strawberry then drizzled with some chocolate sauce, and dusted with powdered sugar.  The pancakes were light and fluffy and I was surprised that it was not as rich as I thought it would be with all the cannoli filling.  What does make it rich is the chocolate sauce, so they only put a little bit over the top for garnish and give you a side of it so you can add as much as you desire.

In Conclusion:

Why do I love Baci so much?  Because it’s different, and in this case, different is good.  While they do still have some classic Italian dishes on the menu, they also don’t follow the rules of what an Italian restaurant is expected to serve and have created some truly unique dishes.  While spaghetti may have had a hand in building this place, stuffing it into a gigantic meatball and covering it with Sunday gravy is what keeps people coming back time and time again.

Have you tried Baci Trattoria?  What has your experience been with them?  Sound off in the comments below and let me know your thoughts, or feel free to email me at thefoodguy@verovine.com with your questions or comments.

Atmosphere – 5 Forks

Service – 5 Forks

Food – 5 Forks

Rating Scale Legend:

1 to 5 Forks – 1 Bad to 5 Excellent

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Address1918 14th Ave, Vero Beach, FL 32960

Phone(772) 794-4747

Open Daily from 7:00am – 3:00pm