A Family Affair
I started with a dish of Cozze and Vongole - mussels and clams - served in a garlicy bath of olive oil and broth and julienned zucchini. My pile of sweet plump shellfish hid a large piece of grilled bread, soaking up the sauce. A very nice presentation. Mary's appetizer was even better - a Parmigiano Reggiano flan ($9) - served over pesto and arugula. The savory custard, laced with the salty grated cheese, was a wonderful counterpoint to the sweet pesto and peppery arugula. Killer dish. Other appetizers included a caesar salad ($7), carpaccio ($13) served with arugula and shaved parmesan, buffalo mozzarella, prosciutto and grilled peppers ($13), grilled octopus ($13), and sauteed shrimp and cannelini beans ($10).
I tried a dinner special of chicken breast, sauteed with olive oil, hearts of artichokes, and black olives and finished with a splash of white wine - very nicely done. An even better kitchen effort was the risotto. I love a well prepared risotto - with just enough starch to bind the rice grains together but still enough texture to remind you that you are eating rice. Restaurant risotto - typically reheated with added broth - can be soupy and washed out. When its done right, its great. Kudos to the kitchen on this dish, which was fabulous - chock full of asparagus and surrounded by sauteed shrimp.
Other entree choices include a grilled bronzino ($22) - (Mediterranean sea bass), served with asparagus, a Misto di Carne ($24) a mixed grill of fennel sausage, grilled chicken breast and steak. One of the house made pastas is gnocchi tossed with garbanzo beans (chick peas), potatoes, and mussels for $19.
The dessert selections are house made and apparently in good hands as the family patriarch divides his talents between Bacco and his job as pastry chef with the Vanikiotis family at The Daily Planet in Lagrange. Save room. We were pressed for time so we settled for a cup of espresso and a glass of Sambucca.
Bacco has made great strides since its opening and I look forward to returning with the Wednesday night crew for seconds. I do hope that risotto is listed as a special.