Bacaro's is an outstanding restaurant, on par with excellent Chicago and NYC restaurants. It is not cheap, but the cool/urban ambiance, service, and excellent food and wine selection very much merits the cost. Indeed, rarely in this type of small city does one forget where you are. Bacaro is that type of restaurant. The wine menu is oriented much more toward Italian than California wines. The menu is not extensive but features a nice mix of meat, fish, and vegetarian/salad selections. I would say that the appetizers and salads often are superior to the entrees and I often end up pairing a couple of these and skipping the main dish. The menu has local selections, quite often from Blue Moon farm and I like that.
I was surprised to see several average ratings and read several of them. I wasn't surprised to see these describe the restaurant as pretentious or (more often) complain about portion size or that it isn't a real Italian restaurant. Yes, they do not make lasagna and portion sizes will disappoint those used to the new American standard of pouring a pound of food on the plate. Two or three other reviewers had bad dishes and all I can say is that rarely has Bacaro missed for me.
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