A group of eight of us (age ranging from 19-73) ventured to Baci on a Saturday night to celebrate my mother's birthday, based mostly on other TripAdvisor reviews. We knew what to expect in the sense of the funky decor, and it was on point. There was low-lighting, with some interesting lava lamp-esque materials surrounded the enormous bar, and tables sparsely populated the surrounding areas. We had made our review on OpenTable, and I mentioned we wanted to pre-order dessert for my mother's birthday... little did I know what was coming next.
We entered behind the Comfort Inn (still strange to me, which is why this place is such an amazing find), and were greeted by the hostess. We were seated at our table was at the very front of the restaurant by the bar. We asked to put the Indians game on the TV at the bar, to which was quickly obliged. Good start. After sitting around for a few minutes, our server Renee appeared to take drink orders and hand out the menus. We perused the menu for a bit, and ordered a couple cocktails, including a specialty one that Renee had concocted that the ladies at the table raved about. When Renee returned to our table, she eloquently described everything that she recommended on the menu, and showed us examples of each. After a few minutes of deliberating, our party made our choices, and also ordered an appetizer or two.
Renee returned with three appetizers, compliments of the wonderful Sicilian chefs that included a delectable lobster pizza, balsamic bruschetta, and two antipasto plates that were enough to feed the whole table. And it only got better with the main course. My wife and I split the tuna that had just been flown in from Hawaii that day, as my father enjoyed the perch, my mother enjoyed the prawns, my younger brother devoured his pasta plate, and my grandpa plowed away at an enormous plate of duck.
The chef returned to check on how our meal was going, and it was safe to say that the entire group was in awe of the presentation and food. We finished the night ordering two excellent chocolate desserts (cake and canoli) that the group shared, and officially kicked in the consensus food coma.
Honestly, it doesn't get much better than this. We've taken my mother out for her birthday almost every year for the past decade, and this was, by far the best experience we've ever had. Don't be fooled by the decor or location, this is one of the greatest dining experiences I've ever had (which says a lot living in the Michael Symon Tremont area of Cleveland). Impeccable service, attentiveness, food, drinks... and all for about $25-30 per person. Divine.
Go there, now. Don't wait around.
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