Steps from the fabulous shopping on Lincoln Road, Bàcaro is a fresh new restaurant concept that’s already attracting regulars among a discerning international crowd. Welcoming diners with a chic sign that reads “wine & friends,” the experience strikes just the right balance of friendliness and glamour to make it a Miami Beach staple.
The concept is named after a traditional Venetian-style osteria, however, this is not your momma’s Italian restaurant. Yes, there’s a casual, convivial sensibility, but also a romance factor that makes Bàcaro worthy of donning stilettos, lipstick and an off-the-shoulder top for date night (this is Miami Beach after all!).
And as for the food, it is of outstanding quality. Key to the seasonal menu is that many of the most important ingredients are carefully sourced from Italy—including gorgeous white truffles from Alba. The dynamic menu draws inspiration from all over the Mediterranean, while the wine list features a passionate selection from around the world.
Glenn and I met chef Carlo Bernadini and his wife Jülide six years ago in Istanbul. We all got along right away, among other things bonding over our love of all-things-Italian food.
We were delighted to hear about Carlo’s amazing culinary career, working in many of the finest kitchens all over the world and most recently, becoming the Executive Chef of the Four Seasons Hotels Group in the Far East. Naturally, we looked forward to visiting him at his new restaurant in Miami Beach as soon as possible.
When we finally sat down to the private tasting dinner Carlo was so kind to host for us, we were honored to have such a talented chef for a friend. At Bàcaro, Carlo was combining his high-level global experience with his roots, drawing inspiration from his grandmother’s home cooking and his family’s hotel restaurant in Venice.
We were particularly blown away by the bolognese and the white truffle risotto, two of Bàcaro’s signature osteria-style dishes. The meal was a beautiful blend of Mediterranean classics and fresh seasonal dishes, plus some really special appetizers using show-stopping Italian ingredients. In the end, our pasta cravings were fully satisfied and yet, we appreciated the unique modern flair that the meal had, reminding us that we were in fact glamming it up in Miami Beach at one of the hottest new restaurants in town.
So the next time you’re in Miami Beach, I insist—go to Bàcaro, ask for Carlo or Jülide and tell them Gina DeVee sent you.
P.S. I highly recommend you try one of the Chef’s after-dinner treats, all inspired by his Venetian Grandmother.
In the Venetian dialect, a “Bàcaro” is a cichetti bar and wine osteria, meaning a relaxed restaurant serving simple home cooking and “cichetti”—snacks and appetizers eaten standing at the bar with your hands—all to be enjoyed with a glass of excellent wine.
PHONE >>> (305) 397-8248
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