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It Started As a Small Artisanal Bakery

Chef Marc
Chef Marc Albanese

Pane Fresco means ‘fresh bread’ and our whole concept revolves around that.

Marc Albanese, Pane Fresco, founder and visionary
Chef Marc Albanese and Steve
Chefs Marc Albanese and Steve Rooney

What is Pane Fresco? 

Pane Fresco is food that recognizes the needs, time, and habits of today’s shoppers, food lovers, and families. Italian traditions meet contemporary flavours in real food, lovingly prepared by Fortinos’ chefs and bakers.

Hot and ready to eat, or packaged to take home, we offer fresh food to fit your busy lifestyle. That’s why our motto is Eating Well Made Easy!


It Started with Bread

In 2003, Chef Marc Albanese founded Pane Fresco, an artisanal bakery in Burlington, with rustic breads and Roman-style pizzas based on classic Italian recipes. In 2011, Chef Albanese teamed up with Fortinos to bring his winning formula to Fortinos Appleby Line. Pane Fresco has currently expanded to 20 Fortinos locations, serving the GTHA.


Eating Well Made Easy!

Pane Fresco has grown to become a vibrant food hall within Fortinos. Albanese’s artisanal bread and Roman-style pizza are front and centre. The Carvery serves fresh whole roasts, carved to order, baked homestyle pasta, Italian-style vegetables, and appetizers. Signature soups and salads, sandwiches like no other, and sushi are all on the menu. Everything is made fresh daily, hot, and ready to eat in or take out. With Pane Fresco, eating well really is made easy!