Right next door to Rush Street and the new LYFE Kitchen comes 041 Bacaro, a new neighborhood Italian restaurant which soft opened last Wednesday. Though originally aiming to focus on Italian tapas, co-owner Giovanni Zuanon (of the Cipriani family of restaurants) reconceptualized to more of a standard app, entree ordering process and brought on Barbershop chef Walter el Nagar (who also designed the restaurant's kitchen) to consult on the opening lunch and dinner menus. Think rustic Italian plates, somewhat seafood-centric, made with local produce and such. However, one will still find a few daily changing cicchetti or small plates, but that's not the bulk of the menu.
The wine list is short and sweet, mostly vino from Northern Italy, affordably priced and no stemware. Instead, patrons drink out of tumblers. Yes, this is a casual spot.
As for design, the Marmorino Veneziano (Venetian plaster) on the walls was done entirely by Zuanon over the last two months. Furniture inside is re-purposed antique from co-owner Donna Rabin. Hours of operation run 11:45 a.m to 2:30 p.m. for lunch and 5:30 to 11 p.m. for dinner Tuesday through Saturday.
·An Early Look at 041 BACARO's Small Plate Menu [~ELA~]
·Cipriani Vet Opening 041 Bacaro in Culver City Next Year [~ELA~]