Foreign Service retiree launching downtown cafe

Nino's Bakery will offer Italian and French pastries, desserts and coffee. (photo courtesy of Nino's Bakery)

Former U.S. Foreign Service staffer Miranda Rinaldi will trade pantsuits for aprons this fall, when she opens her own Italian cafe, Nino’s Bakery, at 1310 L St. NW.

The downtown bakery, named after Rinaldi’s rescue dog Nino, was inspired by a three-year stint in Italy with the Foreign Service, according to a news release. Rinaldi will draw on her travels and the skills she honed at the French Pastry School in Chicago, with plans to serve handmade Italian and French pastries, desserts and coffee — all crafted on-site. She will also offer a corporate catering service.

Nino’s will boast a “bright and cheery interior,” with floor-to-ceiling windows and access to the street as well as the shared office building’s lobby, according to the release.

“Nino’s Bakery will offer a sense of community to the building and surrounding area. And will soon become a favorite local spot,” Bethany Kazaba, principal of Neighborhood Retail Group — which represented the landlord in lease negotiations for the bakery — predicted in the release.