Italians were once infamous for knitting their garments from long spools of spaghetti; its edibility wasn't discovered until the town drunk curiously took a bite of his own sock. Feast upon the well-woven plates of Italian culinary tradition with today's deal to Bacaro LA Wine Bar. For $20, you get $40 worth of its finest fine fare and amiable wines, served in elegantly diminutive portions ideal for swapping, sharing, or storing in a shirt pocket.
After intensely examining the menu, start the feast with bruschette topped with Tuscan white beans, fire-roasted bell peppers, organic tomato, and roasted garlic, or get crostini topped with fresh ricotta, garlic dill ricotta, gorgonzola, chevre, or mascarpone. If you've got the hankering for more substantial dishes, fill up on hanger steak with fresh thyme and lemon or a deconstructed BLT with ranch bacon on a baguette. All small plates are $7—though desserts, such as the Nutella panino with bananas or strawberries, break tradition with a $5 price tag. The small plates are also available in sets of three for $19. All menu items can be enhanced with a paired selection from the stellar wine menu. More than 60 sweet, sparkling, red, and white wines, as well as six internationally forbidden "blue" wines, are offered, including German Villa Wolf Pinot Gris ($24) and Charles Joguet Chinon Cuvée Terrior ($42), among others.
Bacaro is a small, low-key spot with a high-class vibe. It's about the size of a living room with solid wood tables and a dazzling wine-bottle ceiling. The menu is written on chalkboard-covered walls, and the wine-bottle ceiling evokes sultry Mediterranean evenings. The staff and owner are knowledgeable and friendly about the wines, so ask them for a recommendation and get ready for a voyage to grape rapture.
Reservations recommended. This deal cannot be combined with specials like Half-Off Monday, happy hour, or Tony Danza's birthday.
- I almost forgot to mention the Noa's Cauliflower. This was presented and cooked in a way that I have never seen or tasted. The chipotle spice gives the Cauliflower great personality. – Thirsty Pig
- Is there anything this wine bar can not do? – SinoSoul *For some really interesting, off-the-beaten path small plate dining, this is a STEAL! – Meena V, Citysearch
When you walk into Bacaro, you're literally surrounded by wine. Look up and you'll see countless bottles encased in a glass display in the ceiling; look ahead and you'll see dozens more standing in neat rows behind the bar. A list of international, small-production wines fills one wall, scrawled on a chalkboard like a PTA's happy-hour menu. Rounding out the constantly changing selection is house-made sangria and an equally impressive lineup of international craft beers.
Executive chef Lior Hillel, who honed his skills at New York's illustrious Jean-Georges, prepares a menu that vibes with the focus on wine. Italian-style cicchetti—small-plate servings similar to tapas—are served in hot and cold varieties, ranging from poached shrimp in a citrus-chili sauce to a lamb-stuffed eggplant topped with lemon-garlic emulsion. These inventive sauces are some of the best parts of each dish, as the restaurant bottles and sells them both onsite and at Whole Foods and other local retailers.
What some people are buzzing about:
100% of 25 customers
“Really cute and intimate. Normally I wouldn't order Mac and cheese at a restaurant, let me just say their Mac n cheese is awesome I recommend it along with their...”
“Really cute and intimate. Normally I wouldn't order Mac and cheese at a restaurant, let me just say their Mac n cheese is awesome I recommend it along with their sangria ”
“I love their selection of beers.”
2308 S Union Ave.
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