Just Sayin’ extends thanks to local food-blogger Christine Cooper for her review of Bolton’s newest eatery Navita Cafe and Bakery…
If anyone thinks for a second that the downtown core of Bolton is going to wreck and ruin I would suggest to them that they visit the newest addition to the core, Navita, which now occupies the former Baffo’s space. The name Navita is a play on Italian slang, sort of the equivalent of “joie de vivre”, in essence, a joy of life. Navita delivers lots of joy and plenty of deliciousness.
The street level of Navita is a casual, breezy, laid back café where the sweets are abundant and the Americano & Lattes flow. The pastries, cakes, cookies, bars, custard tarts are vibrantly displayed, teasing you as you walk past them. Sticking to fairly traditional Italian bakery faire, I am delighted to see that the baked goods aren’t the standard “bake off” mix you usually find. I also couldn’t help but to notice the juicing machine so I’m delighted to know that I can get a glass of fresh pressed orange juice. Fingers crossed that Wi-Fi will be offered at the café because I have the feeling Navita could turn in to my “le petite dejeuner” morning spot, where I can work for an hour while indulging in a croissant and a Latte Macchiato.
The esthetics of the space is stunning. The use of polished concrete around the base of the main counter brings a real air of modern sophistication but at the same time keep it funky. The slate grey stone trim and the drum lighting all add to the ambience. Jazz and blues playing softly in the background make sitting there, indulging in some coffee (yes, the Americano had that gorgeous ring of brown foam on it) and savouring a sweet bite, make Navita a great spot to kick back. Patio chairs and tables are already set up outside awaiting your arrival. This pretty patch is breathing new life in to the core of the four corners.
While the front end of the house is all about the sweet tooth, the bakery will be located on the backside of the building, where you can enter from the back parking lot. There will be an assortment of breads, buns, pizza and a few other offerings such as Paninis and some hot food.
I was delighted to learn that the street level section of Navita will be licensed and will have a couple of taps and a few libations available. A girl can only dream of having her Bellini down there in the four corners while noshing on some savoury focaccia from the backroom bakery.
Navita Café & Bakery is located at 31 Queen St. North. Open daily 7:00 a.m – 10:00 p.m.