Dining Reviews

Gayle’s Bakery and Rosticceria Resumes Dine-In Option

Plus, Penny Ice Creamery launches a new spot in Aptos

Mark Branagh collects his order at Gayle’s Bakery and Rosticceria in Capitola. PHOTO: TARMO HANNULA

Back open for dining, Gayle’s Bakery and Rosticceria is once again serving meals in-house on the spacious patio, as well as the full menu of bakery and rosticceria items to take home, from 7am-7pm daily. If you want to enjoy a Blue Plate Dinner of slow cooked BBQ short ribs with macaroni and cheese plus salad ($21.95), you can consume it right on the spot. 

And of course we can still choose items to go and also place online orders for next day pickup. I emailed founder Gayle Ortiz just to make sure I had a clear picture. “If you want to pick up a dinner for the same day, you can come in and get it in person,” she explained. “And if you want a dinner for the next day or a future date you need to go online to gaylesbakery.com to place that order.”

“We can’t take orders for same-day pick up,” she confirmed. “The reason is simple distancing concerns for our staff. It’s not only confusing, it’s complicated! We want it back the way it was! But we’re here and now!” Got it.

Penny Ice Creamery in Aptos

Congratulations to culinary entrepreneurs Zachary Davis and Kendra Baker, who just launched their third Penny Ice Creamery in the new Aptos Village complex, alongside neighbors such as Mentone, Ser Winery Tasting Room, and Cat and Cloud Coffee. It’s been a long time coming, but the bright new ice cream outlet is already putting smiles on lots of young faces. Whimsical flavors, traditional methods and made-from-scratch ice creams have made the dessert dynasty a delicious success. Strawberry Pink Peppercorn, Cardamom Pluot, Bitter Caramel. Flavors to dream about. Hopefully post-Covid-19 there will be interior expansion for seating and parties. Fingers crossed. For now, remember your masks and social distancing. Walk-up service is open from noon to 9pm daily.

Easy Access

Good news! Staff of Life’s 4,000 products are available for online ordering and pickup, Monday-Friday, noon to 6pm. This new service makes things easier for those who welcome curbside non-contact pickup in designated parking spots. At the original home of natural foods in Santa Cruz, now located at 1266 Soquel Ave. Go to the website, sign up, shop, and pay with a credit card. A 5% service charge will be made on your order ($35 minimum), a small price for the convenience. Others will gather your items, bag them, and have them ready to pop into the trunk. Fresh produce, local seafood, organic produce, health and wellness items, bakery goodies—all of Staff of Life is now at your fingertips. 

staffoflifemarket.com.

Barceloneta wants to tempt you with paella, Spanish fried chicken, gazpacho and huge sea salt chocolate chip cookies. And sherry! Pickup is available Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 4-7pm. Clear instructions for heating and serving at home can be found in the restaurant’s online listings. Simple and clear. 

Barceloneta, 1541 B Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz. eatbarceloneta.square.site.

La Posta on Seabright has new expanded hours, now offering pickup Thursday-Sunday, 4-8pm. Don’t miss the braised Romano beans, with tomato, pancetta, and breadcrumbs $14. It is enough for two. Call or email your order, and La Posta will confirm: 831-457-2782 or 831-457-9782, or [email protected]

Soif now offers pickup Wednesday-Saturday, 4-8pm. Call between 2-7:30pm day of order at 831-423-2020 or email [email protected].

Christina Waters was born in Santa Cruz and raised all over the world (thanks to an Air Force dad), with real-world training in painting, music, winetasting, trail running, organic gardening, and teaching. She has a PhD in Philosophy, teaches in the Arts at UCSC and sings with the UCSC Concert Choir. Look for her recent memoir “Inside the Flame” at bookstores everywhere.

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