Although Italians originally invented pasta as a fastener to keep Sicily from floating away, they abandoned it for less delicious moorings after locals on both sides kept snacking their way toward separation. Tether your taste buds to today's Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of Italian cuisine at Baci Restaurant in Burnaby.
Using local ingredients, Baci's expert cooks craft dinner and lunch menus filled with pasta, seafood, beef, and pizza. Prime palates with oysters swimming in a béchamel sauce ($11) before plunging knives and forks into a chicken breast stuffed with shrimp, crab, spinach, and mozzarella ($21). Meanwhile, pizza artisans flatten dough into a circular tapestry, slather it with sauce and cheese, then arrange toppings such as prosciutto, capicollo, and artichoke hearts into photorealistic self-portraits ($17). For lunch, garlic-butter sauce covers a halibut fillet ($23), and rivers of meat sauce flood down spaghetti ($11). Waiters fill glasses and flower vases with potent potables from the full bar, such as a glass ($7) or half litre ($18) of Trebbiano D’Abruzzo white wine. Patrons savour meals under vaulted ceilings while the shadows of ornate chandeliers flicker across white tablecloths and illuminate an intricately painted wall mural. Thursday through Sunday evenings live bands play music while diners dip, turn, and crabwalk across the dance floor.
A vivid mural covers a corner of Baci Ristorante, colouring the wall in European street scenes that, when paired with a menu of rich pastas and fine wines, evokes the spirit of Italy. Live music and dancing furthers the convivial atmosphere wherein guests can thumb through a large menu of Italian favourites at lunch or dinner. In addition to à la carte pizzas, seafood dishes, and appetizers, Baci Ristorante creates prix fixe group menus that sate larger parties or a single hungry strongman on his night off.