Canberra trattoria, Italian & Sons, has expanded its offering, opening an intimate, 50-seat wine bar.
Italian & Sons – Bacaro opens on 20 April, owned and operated by The Trimboli Group. The intimate, 50-seat wine bar is tucked at the back of Italian & Sons, on Lonsdale Street in Canberra’s dining hub, Braddon.
A bevelled Italian marble bar is the centrepiece of the venue, along with a custom-made, timber fireplace in the centre of the room.
Restaurateur Pasquale Trimboli said the bar menu showcases honest and authentic Italian fare. “The bar was born from demand from overflowing diners at Italian & Sons. It seemed like a natural progression to offer a casual drop-in bar,” said Trimboli. “We’ve always wanted to introduce an aperitivi culture to Canberra, and Bacaro is an old school, unashamedly traditional cocktail bar celebrating Italian classics.”
The menu features share plates as well as two main meal courses including house-made pasta and wood fired pizza, changing daily. The menu includes imported regional Italian formaggi such as a Lombardia blu di capra goats cheese and Sardegna fiore sardo dop sheep milk cheese as well as a selection of house-made cured meats. Other menu highlights include wood fired ‘erbazzone’ (spinach pie) with bitter greens, egg and ricotta, fried Yass Valley rabbit with rosemary, semolina and white carrot and the oxtail ragu alla vaccinara and semolina gnocco romano.
The wine list is an expansion of Italian & Sons’ list, with an additional page of magnums available. The list reflects the regionally inspired menu, covering a number of regions in Italy, and featuring local house pours from Mount Majura.
The Trimboli family also own and operate eateries including Mezzalira and Da Rosario, growing a selection of their produce on their farm in Gundaroo, and sourcing the remainder from growers in the Canberra region.