Kisses From Italy
3146 NE Ninth St., Fort Lauderdale, 305-423-7024, KissesFromItaly.com
This panini and dessert shop is the first of a planned chain open 24 hours a day.
"We want to bring our clients the traditional Italian recipes and delicacies we grew up on," says co-owner Claudio Ferri. "Our goal is to use high-quality and fresh ingredients at an affordable price. Our motivation to be a 24-hour establishment was based on the fact that in our youth, we were searching for tasty and inexpensive food in the early hours of the morning, usually after a night of fun with friends."
You can choose toppings for deli sandwiches ($5.99), such as mortadella or pancetta, or grilled sandwiches ($6.99), such as steak Fiorentini, sausage alla Calabrese or chicken di Toscana. Other selections are salads ($4.99-$6.99), panzerotti ($4.99) and rigatoni ($5.99).
About 15 pastries/desserts ($1.49-$4.95) include sfogliatelle, tuxedo bomb cake, Italian grandmother pie and red velvet cake.
Large windows brighten colors of white and red, along with photos of Italy. A counter runs the length of the store, and outdoor seating is available.