A trio of cozy wine bars (Bacaro L.A., Bacari PDR, and Bacari GDL) – owned by brothers Robert and Danny Kronfli along with Executive Chef Lior Hillel – are serving up Italian style tapas called cicchetti.
Chef Lior, who got his initial training in his homeland of Israel before working at Jean-George in New York, adds a Mediterranean flair to his dishes, all of which are incredibly unique and flavorful. You will hardly see the same ingredients twice in the menu.
The shared cicchetti small plates are well portioned – no skimpy servings here – and priced well too, with hot or cold dishes ranging from $9-13.
Start with grilled pizza, with choices like smoked mushroom or bacon and double cream brie.
Move on to fan favorites, like the Lamb Stuffed Eggplant, which is ground lamb seasoned with lemon garlic emulsion, lemon chip and scallion. For pasta, try the Gorgonzola Paste, it’s a mix of hand-made Tripoline, zucchini, calabrese pepper, crushed and pistachio.
Or go for heartier fare, like the Lamb Burger, served open-faced with Persian cucumber, shaved radish, crispy black kale, kale tahini on grilled sourdough. And don’t miss out on the Hunter’s Mac & Cheese, made with 5-cheese fondu and white truffle oil.
Add to that caramelized Brussels Sprouts topped with crème fraiche or the Bacaro Fries, which come with a fried egg.
There is also an incredible selection of unusual wines from small producers available by the glass. Wines are available in 5oz pours, 8oz pours or by the bottle, and at prices that won’t break the bank.
The beverage program is curated by co-owner Danny Kronfli, who puts extra emphasis on finding suppliers that are unusual but delicious, to help guests expand their own palate as well. Spirits and digestif/aperitif are also available, and their sangria is to die for – limes, oranges, apples, orange liquor, pineapple juice and spices are soaked in wine for two days before being strained and served!
The three small plates restaurants are true neighborhood spots. Though they share the same executive team, each location caters first and foremost to the local community, with slight nuances that prioritize the neighborhood’s lifestyle and palate, such as brunch and happy hour timing. Later this fall, Bacari will debut a fourth location along the incredibly hip West 3rd Street, taking over the former Sofi Greek restaurant with its hidden patio.
Bacaro L.A. is located at 2308 S Union Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90007 and is open Monday through Friday from 5:00pm onwards, and on Saturday and Sunday for weekend brunch
Bacari PDR is located at 6805 S Vista Del Mar Ln, Playa Del Rey, CA 90293 and is open Monday through Friday from 5:00pm onwards and on Saturday and Sunday for weekend brunch
Bacari GDL is located at 757 Americana Way, Glendale, CA 91210 and is open daily starting in the late morning, and offers daily brunch as well.
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