CHRISTMAS OFFER Subscribe to Cheshire Life today CLICK HERE

Restaurant review - Bacaro, Liverpool

PUBLISHED: 00:00 08 June 2018

Bacaro, Liverpool

Bacaro, Liverpool

Archant

This Liverpool restaurant may serve small plates but the flavours are huge

Burrata mozzarella with salsa rossa, guacamole and crostiniBurrata mozzarella with salsa rossa, guacamole and crostini

If you’re looking to dine at Bacaro then you better have a reservation, as this Italian restaurant has swiftly become one of Liverpool’s top destinations.

This is the youngest venture from independent restaurant group, Red and Blue, which also owns the popular Salt House Tapas and Hanover Street Social. Inside, Bacaro is rustic with industrial touches: fairy lights string their way above the wooden bar, where people sit eating or clinking bellinis.

It’s a long way from the origins of a bacaro - they started in Venice as working men’s pubs; dark canteens with snacks called cicchetti served in small plates. Nowadays, some bàcari have become elegant restaurants, but some still maintain the authenticity and joyfulness of their humble beginnings – as this Liverpool restaurant does effortlessly.

To start we ordered a selection of spuntini to whet our appetites, including pancetta croquettes (£1.50 each). They were little fried rolls of heaven, the potato whipped so creamily and small chunks of pancetta adding a smoky bite.

Slow cooked sausage ragu, tagliolini pasta and pecoriniSlow cooked sausage ragu, tagliolini pasta and pecorini

A favourite of mine, burrata mozzarella, started the main courses. This glossy ball of cheese crafted from Italian buffalo milk sat on top of a bed of tangy salsa rossa and guacamole and when I cut into it, the creamy contents spilled onto crostini bread (£6.50).

Next was the pizzette, topped with slow cooked harissa lamb with yoghurt and watercress (£5.95). The base was thin and crispy at the edges, the flavours of the harissa lamb bursting alongside the tomato sauce and the yogurt added freshness.

A hearty portion of slow cooked sausage ragu, tagliolini pasta and pecorini (£6.50) was next. The pasta was cooked perfectly al dente and the rich ragu coated each strand of tagliolini – a thicker style of spaghetti – in a deliciously seasoned sauce lightly flavoured by the slow cooked sausage.

The final main course dish, braised ox cheek (£6.95), was a triumph. Each spoonful of the melt-in-your-mouth meat was rich, sticky goodness, and the celeriac puree added lightness to the devilishly good dish.

Affogato - Cheshire Farm vanilla ice cream served with espresso and amarettoAffogato - Cheshire Farm vanilla ice cream served with espresso and amaretto

For dessert, I decided to order the affogato (£6.95) – three scoops of vanilla ice cream served with a shot of espresso and amaretto. An Italian classic, it transformed the Cheshire Farm ice cream into a sumptuous dessert fuelled by boozy and caffeine hits.

We left buzzing, full of authentic Italian food that could only have been cooked by someone who has joy and passion in their work. It may not be Venice, but it comes pretty close.

Bacaro, 47 Castle Street, Liverpool, L2 9UB Tel: 0151 665 0047,
www.salthousebacaro.co.uk

More from Food & Drink

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

The newest enterprise from one of Cheshire’s best known farm shops, 32 by The Hollies, is a fabulous new addition to the village of Tarporley

Read more
Tarporley
Monday, October 29, 2018

Modern Portuguese flavours and fabulous wine give you every reason to visit Canto at Ancoats

Read more
Manchester Restaurants
Thursday, October 18, 2018

Digest this mini review in 60 seconds

Read more
Macclesfield
Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is among the owners of Tast, a new restaurant helping King Street’s ambitions to join the gastronomic Premier League.

Read more
Manchester Restaurants Spanish Food

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Topics of Interest

Food and Drink Directory

Subscribe or buy a mag today


Local Business Directory

Property Search