Hot venue: Bacaro

Canberra's Italian and Sons has expanded its Braddon venue with the addition of new wine bar.

Italian & Sons Braddon. Photo by Rohan Thomson

Canberra’s Italian and Sons has expanded its Braddon venue with the addition of new wine bar.

The Trimboli Group has added an intimate, 50-seat wine bar to the back of Italian and Sons on Lonsdale Street in Canberra’s dining hub, Braddon.

An Italian marble bar is the centrepiece of the venue, along with a custom-made, timber fireplace in the middle of the room.

Italian & Sons Braddon. Photo by Rohan Thomson

Restaurateur Pasquale Trimboli said,  “The bar was born from demand from overflowing diners at Italian and Sons. It seemed like a natural progression to offer a casual drop-in bar. We’ve always wanted to introduce an aperitivi culture to Canberra, and Bacaro is an old school, unashamedly traditional cocktail bar celebrating Italian classics.”

The menu features share plates as well as two main meal courses including a house-made pasta and wood fired pizza, which changes daily. The menu includes imported regional Italian formaggi such as a Lombardia blu di capra goats cheese and Sardegna fiore sardo dop sheep milk cheese as well as a selection of house-made cured meats. Proving there is more to Italian bar snacks than olives and foccacia, other menu highlights include wood fired ‘erbazzone’ (spinach pie) with bitter greens, egg and ricotta, fried Yass Valley rabbit with rosemary, semolina and white carrot and the oxtail ragu alla vaccinara and semolina gnocco romano.

Italian & Sons Braddon. Photo by Rohan Thomson

The Trimboli family, who also own and operate popular eateries Mezzalira and Da Rosario, grow a selection of their produce on their farm in Gundaroo, and source the remainder from growers in the Canberra region.

The wine list awarded is an expansion of Italian and Sons’ list, with an additional page of magnums available. The list reflects the regionally inspired menu, covering off the best of each region in Italy, and also features local house pours from Mount Majura.

Italian and Sons – Bacaro is located at 7 Lonsdale St, Braddon ACT.

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