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Rome notes 04/2008 Il Bacaro

Allan Jenkins | Apr 13, 2008 09:25 AM

My girlfriend and I took my teen daughter to Rome this past week. While we usually rely on Chowhound for guidance when visiting a new city, I didn't end up checking the board until the day of departure. As a result, we had a mixed experience at the table. Here are my notes.

Il Bacaro, Via degli Spagnoli 27.
Potato tart with leeks -- lovely 8/10
Orecchiette with broccoli and truffles -- ditto
Paté de foie gras with crostini -- absurd 1/10. It is not hard to present decent foie gras, and it is not hard to avoid charring toast points.
Fried egg with truffles and asparagus -- very nice 8/10. Just enough truffle to make you want more, asparagus succulent and al dente.
Risotto castelmagno -- 7/10. Lovely at first bite, but quickly became boring. One dimensional.
Carpaccio of eel -- 7/10. Actually, the eel itself should get 9/10; it was simply outstanding (and, since we are from Denmark, we know good eel). But why present it with limp lettuce and a sliced carrot?
Insalata Julienne -- 6/10, though that's no feat.
Tagliata pomodori -- 4/10. Tough, rather dry meat. Herbs and "dressing" were a treat, as were the tomatoes.

Lovely setting and interior. Intimate. Unrushed. It's too bad the food was so hit-or-miss: on average, it was good, but where it failed, it failed.

€ 135 with wine.

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