Bistros are remarkable in that they somehow manage to be both fancy and casual at the same time, much like a necktie with Taz on it. Feel gussied up without too much fuss with today's Groupon to Bacio Café & Lounge in Lakeshore. Choose between the following options:
- For $5, you get $10 worth of European bistro fare and drinks.
- For $10, you get $20 worth of European bistro fare and drinks.
Bacio Café & Lounge's owner Randa Marar-Mueller and mother Norma Marar, a celebrated chef featured in the Windsor Star and Detroit Free Press, serve elegantly assembled plates of bistro-style fare. Diners can browse menus for light fare such as the mufaletta or turkey-cranberry panini, with focaccia halves that restrain oven-toasted turkey, havarti, and pinot-noir-cranberry sauce from prematurely hugging taste buds ($9.99), along with a slew of sister sandwiches and salads. Opt for a baked brie ($17.95) or Mediterranean selections such as the hummus trio ($8.95) or flaked phyllo triangles of spanakopita overflowing with spinach and blended cheeses ($7.95), and quattro stagioni pizza gathers mozzarella, mushrooms, olives, artichoke hearts, and prosciutto for a cross-food-group conference ($13.95).
Diners ease down bites with sips of warming espressos ($2–$2.25), or up the alcohol content of stomach cumulus clouds with tipples such as the hazelnut chocolate martini ($7.50). Café staff also blends gelato made fresh from scratch in flavors such as sicilian pistachio, hazelnut, and tiramisu, and serves a selection of imported beer and wines. Every Thursday night, ears waltz in 3/5 time to live music while immersed in a European atmosphere of antique-stained furniture, plush sofas, and rustic stone tile floors.
Bacio Café & Lounge
Randa Marar-Mueller grew up in the restaurant business and always knew she wanted to open her own place. When she returned from Michigan to raise her two kids in her hometown, she found Bacio Café & Lounge up for sale and figured it was time to take the plunge. She called in her mother, renowned chef Norma Marar, and the two overhauled the menu and aesthetic, opening with a menu of grilled paninis, gourmet pizzas, and French- and Italian-style entrees.
While Norma crafts delicacies in the kitchen, baristas cum mixologists steam up lattes and specialty teas or mix a selection of gourmet martinis for after-hours drinks. Gelato—made fresh in-house daily—sweetens palates with flavours such pistachio and mango, and baked goods resting under cake domes and in oversized martini glasses conclude meals more sweetly than a hug from a grandmother.
25 Amy Croft Dr.
Lakeshore, Ontario N8N 2L9