Bacaro Venetian Taverna
New Chef New MenuFive stars you ask why?
Because this was one of the best meals I have had for under $100/couple in a long time. Bacaro has been a favorite of ours for quite awhile. Then I started reading some negative reviews here on Open Table and elsewhere. So got cautious and we stayed away.
Then I read in the Daily Camera about the new head chef and menu, I checked the menu out on their website (it is not current on Open Table, btw) and wanted to give it a try.
Patrick Halloran is a fantastic, imaginative chef. He actually came out and spoke with us twice during the meal.
I had the Branzino, entire fish with head served grilled. Yum. My wife chose the Saltimbocca which she also loved. The appetizers were very good as well.
So we will be back..4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMA Change Worth KeepingThis is not the Bacaro we visited 5 or 6 years ago. Bacaro has changed their atmosphere from the darker couple vibrant bar scene we found years ago, into a family and couple friendly, easy atmosphere that feels like you're sitting in a Italian country kitchen.
While I was disappointed in their wine by glass menu selection, the food menu was exciting! It offered gluten free options for both pasta and pizza and a variety of vegetarian options. The dinner entrees offered the 'foodie' a wide variety of vegetable sides in their meals, like roasted fennel, beets, and even butternut squash, but salads were an additional charge.
The service was kind, with a smile, and didn't rush your time for dinner conversation.3/2/2013 12:00:00 AM