An earlier thread referred to the new spot under construction next door to Kubo Radio. It’s LIL’ BACI and it opened last Sunday although it was closed for a couple of days early this week while they got the air conditioning got straightened out.
A posting on the Naples Craigslist ( http://naples.craigslist.org/fbh/3762... ) positions the place as a “New authentic Southern Italian restaurant… [using] …the finest ingredients money can buy.” You have to give them points for recruiting pizzaolos from the centre of the universe although there weren’t a lot of Southern Italians in the kitchen when I was there.
They offer about eight pies. Six or so antipasti. Four or five contorni. I didn’t have enough to eat during first brief visit to confidently judge the food especially since they have only been open a couple of days. What I did have was better than you’d find in similarly positioned Toronto places but a little below the average neighborhood place in Rome or Naples which probably makes it pretty good. Fairly high price point for this kind of food: 75-100$ range for two with wine but without tax or tip.
The place certainly has potential. A real effort to understand the origin of the foods they are offering. Palpable passion on the part of the servers, at least the couple I spoke with. And a wine list with an impressive range of only Italian bottles, almost all of which were under 40$.