Cronut-like pastries grace menu at new Dolce Vita Bakery Cafe

Published: Friday, August 2, 2013 at 4:23 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, August 2, 2013 at 4:23 p.m.

Rose Mercado said her customers at the Union Street Farmer’s Market kept telling her she should open her own bakery, so she did.

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On its Facebook page, Dolce Vita Bakery Cafe describtes these pastries as: "Croissant doughnuts! Bavarian with chocolate drizzle and strawberry with chocolate drizzle."

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She and daughter Jennifer Mercado opened Dolce Vita Bakery Cafe on July 12 at 4908 NW 34th St., open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

They make their own baked version of the cronut - part croissant, part doughnut, usually fried - with croissant dough filled with raspberry and Bavarian cream, strawberry and cream, or Ghirardelli chocolate and cream.

Rose Mercado, who is originally from Serbia, makes several eastern European items such as walnut or poppy seed strudel.

The cafe also offers cakes, pastries, Boar’s Head meats by the pound, sandwiches on freshly baked bread, panini sandwiches, soups and salads.

Dolce Vita has indoor and outdoor seating. The bakery also does catering.


Burgers4U closed in early July after it was open about a month.

The building at 3400 SW 34th St., which previously housed Back Yard Burgers, is listed for sale or lease.

The business promoted its gourmet burgers.

Numerous customer reviews on Yelp referred to high prices for bland burgers and a confusing Subway-style toppings counter.

Andaz Indian Restaurant & Bar

Andaz Indian Restaurant & Bar is opening soon at 12 W. University Ave.

Ads refer to a $10 all-you-can-eat lunch buffet.

An employee said the restaurant was planning a soft opening next weekend.

The business is owned by OM Florida Holdings of Ocala.

Andaz will be the fourth restaurant in three years at the location, following Zuzu, Bombay and the short-lived Baci Ristorante and affiliated Jolie Catering.

Liquid Ginger

Liquid Ginger at 101 SE Fourth Ave. plans to close for renovations toward the end of the month and reopen in October or November with a new sushi bar and larger liquor bar, said Manager Jeff Lin.

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