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Side Dishes: Pizza at Panadero opens

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The Summer of Pizza isn’t over yet. On Thursday, August 2, the owners of Panadero Bakery in Burlington welcomed locals to a soft opening of the eatery’s very first dinner service. This Thursday will be the official grand opening, with dinner served Thursday through Saturday every week from now on.

“My husband has always been a pizza fanatic,” Jessica Bunce says of co-owner Ryan. “His forte is the pizza thing. I’m the one who loves baked goods.”

Pizza isn’t the only thing that distinguishes Pizza at Panadero from the space’s daytime identity. Jessica Bunce is eager to note the new nighttime ambience of the bakery, with its low lighting at the bar and windows. In the area reserved for pastry during the day, the Bunces serve beer and wine at night to accompany the Italian-style fare. Simple appetizers, all served with focaccia, include roasted olives, a trio of spreads and melon with prosciutto. Each week brings a different market salad with ingredients from the Burlington Farmers Market, where Panadero is a vendor. Last week, it featured arugula, heirloom tomatoes, onions and cannellini beans in lemon vinaigrette.

The menu includes seven pizzas, as well as a weekly special. One colorful regular pie is the Tricolore, with prosciutto di Parma, mushrooms, arugula, fresh mozzarella, shaved Parmesan and truffle oil. Tomato pies feature San Marzano tomatoes, but most toppings, like the salads, were sourced closer to home at the farmers market.

The nocturnal Panadero isn’t forsaking its roots as a bakery. Among Jessica Bunce’s desserts are Italian specialties such as affogato with homemade biscotti and Adirondack Creamery ice cream. Tiramisu and ice cream sandwiches with amaretti cookies also grace the menu, along with a farm-fresh weekly special. It may be time to schedule a weekend date in the Old North End.

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