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“Tuscan + BBQ Fusion?? Assolutamente SI!!!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Dad's Bar B Q - CLOSED

Dad's Bar B Q
Via Martiri di Campo Marte, 5, Vicchio, Italy
+39 (0) 558448359
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Price range: $36 - $46
Cuisines: Barbecue
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Dining options: Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Dad's Bar B.Q...........I just say this guys: This is the first and only originalbarbeque restaurant il Italy!!!!We imported from Mesquite - Texas a big bbq oven and we placed it in a restaurant in Vicchio!!!So we do barbeque......pork butt - texas brisket - and our famous competition baby back ribs........so what are you waiting to come visit us????
Santa Cruz, CA
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“Tuscan + BBQ Fusion?? Assolutamente SI!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2012

It's a rare thing to find two great cuisines blended in such a way that compliment each other. This place is truly a find. Obvious devotion, care and original creativity make this a worthy destination.The simplicity and authentic ingredients of tuscan cuisine with the patience and adherence to process that authentic barbeque demands.

And the results? Let me enumerate:
1) The pulled pork and "Dad's butt sauce". I think I know good pulled pulled pork and theirs is actually great; moist, fork tender, no grissle, bits of crisp in with the tender meat and a balanced, not overpowering smoke flavor. They obviously use great meat. But it sings with their butt sauce creation. It's a vinegar base, but in deference to the way tuscany respects its meat, it's in the background and doesn't come close to overpowering with spice or acidity. Purely complimentary to deliciously moist applewood smoked pulled pork.

2) They have chicken wings on the menu as an appetizer. These are not like anything you've experienced, a brilliant blend of ability and deference to local tastes that has created something entirely new. Not drowned in an overpowering sauce but smoked with crispy skin (how did they do that?) with a sort of glaze that is subtly spiced with aromatics (not super sweet or vinegary), that lets a crispy, juicy chicken wing fly all on its own.

3) Another appetizer... called the "dragon turd" is an exemplary triumph of fusing culinary styles and imagination. Imagine a jalepeno, then stuff it with the local "cinta sinese" sausage from pigs that feed in the local forests and just a bit of local fig. Then smoke the jalepeno. Subtle smoke/spice from the jalepeno combines with the savory of the sausage with just a touch of sweet fig. mmmmmm. OK it doesn't look incredibly appetizing on the plate (thus the name I believe), but "get over it" and you'll love it!

4) The brisket.... I'm picky about brisket; the least bit dry, the smoke out of balance or just tough and I set it aside. Here again we combine two culinary techniques, that produce something totally new. Take a beautifully executed brisket, with a lovely smoke ring evident, then slice it thin, nearly like prosciutto. You may not think this would make a huge difference, but it does. We consumed ours instantly with just a fork and no adornment or offered sauce. It was too moist and delicious by itself with just the right level of sweet fruitwood smoke. Such a simple thing, but ingenious to combine techniques this way.

5) So we hesitantly tried their "apple pie" and again were surprised by the subtle ways cuisines were combined. "Pies" as americans know them just don't exist in Italy; the closest is a 'torta' which generally has a thick crust with a spreading of jam over the top. Good for sure, but not a pie and we feared getting an apple torta. Instead what arrived was again a creative combination borrowing from the best of both worlds. Taking the traditional american-style apple pie filling but instead of a heavy typical american crust, they used a 'sfoglia' crust. A flaky pastry dough used for their version of croissants as well as 'pizza sfoglia' which are delicious little pizzas using traditional toppings often served in pastry shops as a quick snack. Really, the best of both worlds. A great apple pie filling with a truly light and fluffy crust that lets the fruit shine through while adding a wonderful consistency in the mouth. Oh... and it comes ala mode with a locally produced gelato... but vanilla flavored. Another example of combining cuisines... the wonderful consistency of gelato with the flavor of vanilla which you don't normally find in a gelateria.

A final note: The small but carefully thought out beer selection of fine hefe-weiss, marzen paulaner and a bavarian On Tap!
So can you combine traditional barbeque and tuscan cuisine? Assolutamente SI!

  • Visited July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Boerne, Texas, United States
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“Great Bar-B-Q Comming from a TEXAN !!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2012

We heard about this while staying at a resort near Vicchio, a couple of fellow Texans said we had to try it out. I went in there expecting it to be ok but when I left my opinion changed greatly. When we sat down they gave us Salsa---- this was nice because we had not had any for several days and we are from San Antonio- Its in our blood. Next we talked to the owner and he was nice and very excited to have a Texan try there food. We had the ribs and the Brisket --- both were better than i could have imagined and i would say better than most BBQ places here in Texas. We then met the Pit Master who is from California--- He was very humble and even asked our opinions on the taste--- I gave him my opinions on a couple of things and he was very receptive and took what i said to heart. In the short time we were here we made two great friends and hope that when they come to Texas again we can have them as our guest for a couple of days and take them to some of the best BBQ places in the world so that they can get some more ideas. I wish them the best and know that Dads bbq will take of in italy. It is a big risk introducing this food into the tuscan country side and they are doing justice to not only the Cooking of BBQ but the culture and atmosphere that it brings when eating it. I cant wait to make it back and they added a great story to our honeymoon. Thanks guys and we wish you the best.

Thanks N Gig'em from the two Texas Aggie honeymooners. !!!!!

  • Visited May 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Southington, Connecticut
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“BBQ in Italy?!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2011

Wow, whod a'thunk? It was nice to find an "American" place to try while in Italy, and this place was it. The host is great and helpful and brave to undertake BBQ in a small Italian town. It was a nice mix of TX, SC BBQ (not quite what we were used to from the north east-we eat more saucey, usually) but it was good. the onion rings were authentic and the pie was nice!

  • Visited October 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“ideal american italian fusion”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2011

We found the restaurant on our wine trip in Tuscany. We were looking for a pizza that night but found something much better: American barbecue in Italian style. Very friendly owners treating the business like a hobby and pleasant staff. Good wine from Chianti Rufino winery.

  • Visited October 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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