I've only dined at Bacco a handful of times since they opened a number of years ago. On each of those visits food and service were always quite variable. Sometimes good, sometimes rather poor, even within the same meal. The restaurant seemed to be consistently inconsistent, so it never made it to my regular restaurant rotation. I fully expected to drive by at some point and see the place shuttered.
But we decided to give it another chance recently at happy hour. And we were quite pleased. Everything we ordered was not only good, but very nicely done -- Scampetti, Polpette, Insalata Bacco, Vongole, Patatine Fritte -- were all quite flavorful and perfectly prepared. Service was knowledgeable and accommodating. Wine list has a good Italian selection at acceptable prices, although very oddly no Italian wines for happy hour. Restaurant was lively and full, both inside and out.
The menu can be a bit overwhelming with all of the various happy hour dishes, pasta selections, polenta variations, meats and seafoods (sometimes with various sauce options), pizza, contorni and then of course there's the mozzarella bar. But there's certainly no room to complain about a lack of choices.
Based on this most recent experience, we are certainly going to visit Bacco a bit more frequently. Hopefully they've indeed turned the corner and will offer a consistently good dining experience down the road.