This was my first time dining at Bacco, an oversight badly in need of correction. Based on this meal, Bacco ranks among the best Italian restaurants in Detroit. The service was outstanding, with a knowledgeable server who made appropriate suggestions, but also recognized when not to interrupt conversation.
The food was very good, with certain dishes outstanding. We sampled two appetizers: Carpaccio, and Salsiccia Arrostos. Of the two, the beef carpaccio was the superior dish, bright and tart flavors emphasizing the richness of the beef.
For entrees, two pastas, the Tagliatelle alla Bolognese and the Strozzapreti Norcina, both excellent. The pasta was al dente, and, if not house-made, it could pass for it. Both sauces were rich and delicious, impossible to choose which was tastier.
Dessert was a small bite, a delicate chocolate mousse with caramel and sea salt, served in an egg shell. About three bites of succulence, this was perfect after the heavier pastas.
The wine list is extensive, but manageable, with a wide range of offerings, albeit a prejudice toward > $100 bottles. As this was lunch, we ordered only a glass, but it was a reasonable/generous pour of a big California Meritage.
Markups appeared reasonable, and bottles are available for retail purchase as well.
In all, an excellent restaurant, suitable for business meals, celebrations, romantic interludes, or family meals.