Good day all!
Hope everyone is fine and had a good night’s rest.
Today I am doing my very first food review! I’m pretty excited about this because I’ve been wanting to do one for quite sometime. So without further delay here is my review on a newly opened Italian pizzeria called Bacco. You should know that I am in NO WAY affiliated with this restaurant and did NOT inform the owners/staff that I was conducting a review. I simply went there, dined, took a few photos and left with a heap load of thoughts and ideas.
Bacco is located in Duncan Village in South Trinidad (for those of you who don’t know Trinidad very well, or South Trinidad very well, Duncan Village is located just before Palmiste if you’re going towards Penal/Debe from the flyover intersection by Cross Crossing). I will try to put in a map if you comment on this post and indicate a need for one.
The owners of Bacco relocated a couple of months ago to Trinidad, their fist pizzeria called ‘La Cantina’ was originally located in Crown Point, Tobago. The restaurant is extremely no frills. If you’re looking for a place with fancy tables and place settings, stuffed crusts with dipping sauce, deep pan pizzas, meat lovers, 1000s of toppings, side orders and jungle gyms for the children then Bacco is NOT your place! If however, you are looking for pizza made with passion and skill, cooked in an open wood fired oven, simple fresh ingredients and a huge variety to choose from, some new to us here in Trinidad, then Bacco is where you need to be!
The selection is seemingly endless- with pizzas consisting of modest single cheeses and marina sauce to ones with anchovies and artichokes, whipping cream and ricotta, buffalo mozzarella and parma ham; you will be very confused the first time you get there. The doughs are sublimely thin, with a crunchy bite and a floury base. The pizzas arrive to your table piping hot and sizzling, fresh out of the oven. The ambience is simple and bright allowing the patrons to view straight to the back where you can witness the whole process from start to finish. The black boards located at the back showcase fresh cheeses and deli items as well as other Italian delights like eggplant parmigiana.
Now for my opinion on perhaps the most important thing of all- how does it taste?
The first time I tried the pizza I went for simple. I took the 4 formaggi(cheese)- taleggio, parmesan, mozzarella and gorgonzola. I wanted to ‘taste’ the pizza- without distraction. The pizza came sizzling, cheese intimidatingly bubbling atop a visibly thin crust. I dug in. The taste was (and I have to say it again) divine! The sharpness of the gorgonzola was perfectly balanced by the mellowness of the mozzarella, the ‘stretchiness’ of the cheese was fantastic- just what you’d expect from good pizza. I loved the simplicity of the presentation, no fuss, no frills just good, honest food.
Last night we returned for a second round. This time I ordered a ‘salccia’ pizza- tomato, mozzarella and fresh garlic sausage. My husband chose the ‘capricciosa’- tomato, mozzarella, Italian ham, olives, artichokes and anchovies. Both were delicious! I must admit the second night could not surpass the first night for me- I don’t know if it came down to just a preference of taste- the 4 formaggi vs the salccia or if the consistency just wasn’t there. The crusts seemed slightly thicker this time as opposed to the first (I prefer thin crusts) and the pizzas, though hot, weren’t blistering hot this time. Now, I like hot food HOT. I actually enjoy burning the roof of my mouth- I know it’s weird- but it just signifies a true heat to me. This time and maybe it also had something to do with the different type of cheeses (?) the pizzas weren’t sizzling like the last time. The taste was great again but to me, not divine. I wouldn’t say I was disappointed, because I wasn’t, but it was just, different. The one thing that is a bit of a disappointment however, was that the mushrooms used aren’t fresh but clearly canned mushrooms. I would have expected fresh portabella(which we grow locally as well) or fresh button or crimini mushrooms. I think this could be improved upon- and I’m not the first customer to notice this and wish it were different.
I like consistency. I think the mark of a good food establishment- whether it’s your little mom and pop place, a doubles stand, a gyro van or a big fancy fine dining restaurant- is consistency. In all fairness, I think I would need to try Bacco one more time as a ‘tie breaker’ to see if it’s divine or great. I would have absolutely no issue with trying it again and would have no reservations about spending another TT$200-TT$500 (that’s about US$35-US$83) on the food- because it was satisfying and does actually make me want more!
The staff is also very friendly and accommodating- especially the owner- a very friendly, warm gentleman willing to explain the menu and make suggestions. They also make fresh-straight off the fruit- fruit juices with a very very small amount of sugar added, sometimes none if the fruits are very sweet. We tried pineapple, strawberry/banana and pawpaw. They were all delicious and reminiscent of the fresh smoothies I make for myself and my family. We also tried the pies-strawberry and pineapple. The crust was good- could have been a bit flakier in my opinion and the filling was fine- though I thought a tad bit too sweet.
Bacco is a great place to have a meal if you’re looking for a simple, filling, tasty meal and expecting something a bit different than what you might be accustomed to (Pizza Hut, Papa John’s). It’s also somewhere to get fresh cheeses and other deli items- served with authentic rustic Italian breads- the caprese salad is particularly enjoyable.
I would definitely recommend Bacco!
- The pizzas get cold exceptionally soon after they are taken out of the ovens- so DINE IN!!! You won’t regret it and you’d get a much better appreciation for the high quality and superb taste.
- There isn’t a linx/credit card machine at the restaurant at the moment- so walk with CASH
- Closed on Wednesdays- very European!
- The hours are lunch (12pm-3pm) and dinner from 6pm
Good parking- parking extends to the lower level
Great tasting food
Large variety to suit many needs
Delicious deli items, cheeses and breads
Closed on Wednesdays
Lack of card machines-maybe they’re just waiting for the machines to be installed?
Lack of fresh mushrooms (don’t know what else might not be fresh)
Can be considered a bit pricey
My overall rating for Bacco Pizzeria Italiana is 9.5/10Bacco pizzeria italiana: 183 S.S. Erin Road, Duncan Village, Trinidad
phone: (868) 653-7261