Bacaro is the Venetian word to describe a tavern or trattoria serving simple up food and good, young local wines, and you can experience it for yourself right here in London at Venezia Bacaro. Located on Goswell Road in Golden Lane Estate, this charming Italian restaurant is the perfect place to spend an afternoon or evening with friends, with its cosy decor and regular live music events and exhibitions. On the menu you’ll find hearty and authentic Italian favourites, from pizza to pasta, meat and seafood dishes. We recommend the dorsoduro pizza (a white base topped with spicy salami, dolcelatte, anchovies, black olives and capers) – the perfect accompaniment to a bottle of Italian wine from the handpicked selection. Located just a short walk from Barbican station, spaces at Venezia Bacaro can fill up fast, so booking ahead is recommended.
We had a lovely evening here. The pizzas were fantastic and full of flavour. Probably could have done with less cheese on the Lido Pizza (seafood pizza) - but then I could have asked for no cheese. The calamari starter was incredibly salty, I suspect the batter had been over seasoned. It has been far tastier on other visits. Overall a fun evening and great service from our waiter who was attentive but not intrusive.
The starter and main course were nice, the dessert menu was limited and what we had was just okay, the ambience was non existent and it has quite a cold feel about the place. The worse part though is resvd for the drink, the normal prosecco is nice but expensive at £27 a bottle, however in happy hour the prosecco is £15 a bottle but it's not the same one, a really cheap, screw top bottle, hardly any fizz, a bit like Lambrusco. Feel a bit deceived by the happy hour prosecco and based on this would not return. Cioa Bella and la divinia (both fairly local) are much better Italian restaurants.
When we started going to this restaurant a couple of years ago, it was great. Now I find that the serving size has diminished and the prices, particularly for the starters, have gone up. The service is slow at best. The minestrone, for which I paid £6.90 was a sort of greenish thin sludge with only one or two bits of some vegetable in it. On the whole, it was not great and I doubt I'll bother to go there again.
It was a cozy, friendly place. I'm from Dallas, Texas so I'm unaccustomed to good Italian food. What a relief to find some. Also, the wine we had was exceptional.