We may have spied Alice herself perched on a wallpaper vine on the back wall at Pani, a candyland-colored fantasy dreamt up by Argentinian Pani Trotta. We recently visited Pani’s first U.S. location, which opened in Aventura Mall in Florida in 2020. What a special opportunity, to experience South American flair without a passport (Pani’s first locations are in Argentina, Peru and Paraguay). In the world of Pani, giraffes dangle chandeliers from their mouths, hot air balloons appear on menus and windows, flamingos prop up tables, the dessert case greets you as you walk through the door, and a multitude of cuisines are interwoven into freshly made delights. You might expect this kind of show-stopping design to be a tourist trap, but no, at Pani’s core is a focus on homemade food. Though an afternoon tea menu is not offered here, it’s a real treat to dine in this whimsical restaurant where we pair cocktails, dinner and dessert with a fragrant array of Tea Forte teas (offered hot or iced). Warning, if you are an adventurous eater, you may have a very hard time choosing from the creative menu options. (The only solution may be return visits!)
I suspect you have already suggested to the owner that they add an afternoon tea service incorporating their already wonderful menus. Just in case you didn’t, I recommend that they do so. Who knows…it might bring in a new clientele! Your post makes me wish I lived right near there so I could just stop in one day soon.
They actually had their own version of an afternoon tea when they opened, but discontinued the service. It really would be a fun place to go to tea, and certainly is a smart idea to draw in customers during the late afternoon lull before dinner.