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Ooh La La French Bakery (Sarasota)

After my first visit to the new Il Panificio (awesome pizza), my wife and I walked around the neighborhood. We saw that Ooh La La was finally open and we were compelled to take a look. I am embarrassed to say that we topped our pizza off with an apricot tart, a mousse au chocolat, and a croissant. I cannot say enough about the apricot tart; it was completely delicious. The ratio of fruit/filling/tart was perfect. The apricots were plump and juicy with a nice glaze that was not overpowering. We also really liked the mousse au chocolat. I only had a bite or two but the chocolate was rich and airy. As for the croissant, I know people take croissants very seriously and I cannot claim to be the most educated judge. Still, I have to say that the croissant was great. I was mesmerized by the fact that I would take a bite of the croissant and it would slowly return to its original form. I am glad that I don't live in this neighborhood. Il Panificio, Small Batch, and now Ooh La La would be a dangerous combo for me. As for Small Batch, I got some great challah and cakes there last week. I think the two bakeries can coexist as they produce somewhat different items. It will be interesting to see how the competition pushes them to excel.

Ooh La La French Bakery
2705 Mall Drive
Sarasota, Florida 34231

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  1. We certainty do need some decent bakeries in Sarasota, so hopefully they can coexist. Must try Ooh La La!

    1. This is great, CFishman. And where is Il Panificio's new location? (After having lived and/or worked in Sarasota for most of the last 18 years, I suddenly find myself commuting between Tampa and Tallahassee. It's hard to keep up with Sarasota restaurant news.)

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      Il Panificio
      1703 Main St, Sarasota, FL 34236

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      1. re: gfr1111

        Geoffrey, it's in an area that I guess is called Gulf Gate. The new Il Panificio has a nice, bright, modern feel to it. In some ways it seems strange to build such a nice restaurant mainly for pizza slices, but their pizza totally deserves the attention. If you are down that way, it is definitely worth a stop for both the pizza and the baked goods.

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        Il Panificio
        1703 Main St, Sarasota, FL 34236

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        1. Went to Ooh La La today. All I can say is WOW!!! Everything looked fantastic. I think that I gained five pounds just looking. All I got was a Baguette, which was very good!! How wonderful to have a bakery like that nearby. They also have take out in the form of sandwiches, salads, soups etc., which I will try.

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          1. re: Mother of four

            Oh, I am so glad you finally made it. I have been waiting to hear someone else's impressions. She also has a crepe maker. I can't wait to go back for some crepes. Let me know what else you try when you get back there.

            1. re: CFishman

              All the menus were gone, so I really don't know exactly what they make. I wish that they had a web site. A bunch of my golf buddies and I are going to take some food and wine to the beach next week to say goodby to one of our group, so I will go there and pick up something and definitely one of those heavenly desserts!!

          2. My husband and I went to Ooh La La today and it was fantastic. We had a linzer tart, a crepe, and a baguette with ham and brie. Everything was fresh and delicious. The French woman (owner I think) was very friendly and accommodating. We told friends about it and they will be going there for lunch today. There are only a two tables outside, but a cute little storefront (no inside seating). They had menus printed and a great selection of pastries, sandwiches, quiche and crepes.

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            1. re: ParenteN2

              I think there is at least one table inside. There was a cute little French speaking girl taste-testing the baked goods the last time I was there and she was definitely sitting at a table. How was the crepe?

              1. re: CFishman

                Crepe was great! Light and delicious. We asked for a strawberry crepe but her shipment of strawberries did not come in yet so she gave us a free plain/sugar crepe (smart business woman). Also, they do have a website now. It is www.OohLaLaFrenchBakery.com which redirects you to http://www.gulfgate.biz/MallDrive/Ooh...
                I will report back after I hear from our friends who are eating their today. They have lived in Paris so should have a good critique.

                1. re: ParenteN2

                  Well, it's sort of a website!!! They need to list the menu.