Il Bacco Ristorante in little neck, new york has been an iconic presence on northern boulevard for the past 21years. Joe Oppedisano, the warm and welcoming, owner host of the restaurant took this renowned venue to the next level when he moved Il Bacco to a new, larger, and more glamorous venue steps away from the original structure. The new restaurant features dining on 3 distinct dining levels . Joe's experience as an architect, builder and restauranteur, are on display on all three levels. The main dining room features recessed ceilings, exquisite lighting fixtures, elegant wood tables, banquets, custom flooring and a large elegant wooden bar. The second floor is a caterer's dream with spacious, expandable dining rooms with capacity of from 30 to 180 people, perfect for weddings, anniversaries, office party's and celebrations. Joe's dedication to bringing the very best italian food to his clients has brought an authentic taste of Italy to New York and Long Island. A restaurateur for over 32 years, Joe opened Il Bacco in 1992.and has continued to serve award winning italian cuisine ever since.
Known for its welcoming atmosphere and superb food and service has always been Il Bacco's reputation. Il Bacco's food and menu includes diverse foods from all over Italy and features fabulous dishes and sauces from Northern and Southern Italy. We arrived at the restaurant at around 6 Pm on a warm winter night, valet parked our car and proceeded to enter the new Il Bacco restaurant. We were met at the large wooden bar area by Maurizio, the youthful, enthusiastic and charming general manager. He gave us a brief history of the restaurant and its menu and then proceeded to introduce us to Doral, our experienced, and upbeat waiter. Doral made our dining experience more enjoyable with his excellent service and insightful menu suggestions.
At our table, we were immediately served a plate of hot focaccia rolls and breads along with a plate of parmesan cheese, spicy cherry tomatoes, and green olives. We were immediately impressed with the beautiful decor of the main dining room. Adorned with pictures and posters from italy, soft beige painted walls, tiffany like circular chandeliers, and elegant white table clothes on wooded tables with comfortable chairs. To begin our tuscan feast, we decided to have two small bowls of traditional italian soups: Pasta fagiole, and a hearty minestrone. a great way to begin our evening of italian delicacies.
Doral then brought over to the table Caprese Di Bacco- a plate of sliced red tomatoes, two large slices of freshly made mozzarella cheese, and a pesto sauce with extra virgin olive oil. Delicate and delicious...
Since I am a confirmed seafood fan, I asked for a plate of two crabmeat cakes to share. The crab cakes were beautifully prepared, pan fried and totally delicious.
It was now time to decide on our entrees and we chose a combination of meat and fish. Our surf and turf choices were "Trancio Di Salmone Oreganata- Fresh Atlantic salmon with a bread crumb topping. The delicately pink hued salmon filet was "off the chain" great! Our other choice was "costelette d'agnello - two thick and juicy baby lamb chops in a natural gravy, with more than enough meat for two days of feasting. Our vegetables were spinach, and sliced baked potatoes. Great food, plated and served beautifully.
Although totally satiated by our feast, we could not resist sampling Il Bacco's famous desserts. We were served a large slice of wet and delicious Ricotta cheese cake with strawberry's and a plate of luscious tartuffo filled with creamy vanilla ice cream, nuts, and draped in a cloak of frozen dark chocolate. It just doesn't get any better.
We finished our meal with coffee, tea and homemade lemon flavored biscotti. A sweet ending to a fabulous meal. We then spent a few moments with Joe who was making his rounds to see that everyone was enjoying their meal. I then toured the restaurants three levels with Maurizio, going up to each level in their ultra modern glass enclosed elevator. I had a chance to see the new york skyline from the roof and then left for home. A simply fabulous dining experience!
Kudos to Joe, and Maurizio for a great evening.
Il Bacco Ristorante, 253-24 Northern Boulevard, Little Neck, NY 11362 , Lunch and Dinner served
7 Days a week
Call for reservations: 718-224-7657