Panini Bakery is a small, family-owned business conveniently located in Dallas near the Park Cities.
Pastry Chef/Owner Jeff Rotundo started Panini Wedding Cakes in 1994 after many years of working in hotels, restaurants and corporate settings. In 2000 the retail location of Panini Bakery was opened, and over the years has become a tradition for many families throughout the area.
"I think the biggest compliments we receive are from the couples whose wedding cakes we made, who now come to us for their baby shower cakes, then christening cakes, and then their babies' birthday cakes. It's fun for us to see the families evolve, and we are happy to be part of their celebrations over the years!"
Jeff was joined early on by the very talented Pastry Chef Juan de la Paz. Juan loves making wedding cakes, and oversees every step from the baking, to the decorating, to the personal delivery. Together, Jeff and Juan saw Panini grow from a fledgling business into one of Dallas’ favorite bakeries. Their talents and creativity complement each other well, and both bring years of dedication to the bakery.
The chefs were later joined by Sophie Rotundo, who quit her "real job" to concentrate on wedding cake designs and managing the shop.
"I love meeting with brides and working up custom designs for their perfect cake. Of course, they can choose from photos of the many great cakes we've made, but when we draw together and come up with something uniquely theirs – whether it’s sophisticated, modern, classical, or whimsical – it's really great to see the final results!"
People often ask us what sets us apart from the other bakeries in Dallas. What our brides have said they respond to most is the fact that we are a family-owned bakery run by a classically-trained pastry chef. Because we are a small, family business, we understand budgets, and brides are often pleasantly surprised at the value and quality we offer. We limit the number of orders we accept each weekend, so that every wedding cake gets all the special attention it deserves. Our cakes are really nice desserts, layering moist cake with handcrafted mousses and real buttercream. We have been very lucky in that we have built our business by word of mouth. We are always happy when we get a nice mention in the media, but most importantly, our customers have been wonderful over the years, sharing our name with family and friends. And we love that every wedding is a new opportunity to introduce our cakes to a whole new group of friends.
At Panini, we understand that Dallas brides have a lot of choices when it comes to cakes. When you are planning your wedding, we hope that you will call or stop by for your personal consultation and design session with us.
We look forward to meeting with you soon.