Lil’ Baci Taverna opened over the weekend to a collective “Hurrah!” heard in midtown. The newest outpost of the burgeoning Lil’ Baci empire – helmed by filmmaker/producer/writer/restaurateur Mark Bacci – is bringing a much-needed dose of hip and modern Italian to the somewhat tired Yonge and Eglinton neighbourhood.
With a menu spanning about 50 dishes – from St. Johns Snails (pomodoro, parsley, garlic, anchovy, and white wine), to Toscano Style Chicken Liver Mousse (sage, wine, onion marmelata, toasted bread), to Cencione Pasta with Beef and Pork Ragu, to Brussels Sprout Pizza (pancetta, ricotta, parsley) – Lil’ Baci Taverna takes on the task of innovating traditional Italian osterias and baccaros for the modern generation. LBT is a place where you can spend a whole night noshing and drinking with a group of pals, a special date, the family…whatever company you choose, and never worry about repeating the same menu experience on your following visit.
The space is rustic with modern industrial touches. The a la mode white tiling we’re seeing pop-up around town plays in nicely here. Soon, the upstairs will open with a bit more extravagance than the main level, and a wraparound patio will open up within weeks. Ladies and gents, it’s time to check out Lil’ Baci Taverna.