I’ve been to this authentic Italian restaurant twice, and had such a nice evening both times, not not only because the food was delicious, but also the attentive service. Baci & Abbracci (which means “hugs and kisses” in Italian) are owned by Paolo and Carmine Cappiello who describe the food to be “mostly Tuscan with a little Sorrento [where they grew up].”
I went once in the late summer which is especially nice because they have a canopy-covered space outside, with dim candle lighting. Inside is also dimly lit and intimate with their Naples-imported brick oven in view.
I’ve read that their pizza is definitely one of the big reasons to go — though I didn’t know this either time I went. I wish I did! I was SO about to order pizza last time I was there but I thought it was too normal. Instead, I got the Violette di Parma, which is a soft red beet and goat cheese gnocchi (you know how I feel about goat cheese) with cheese sauce and wild arugula ($13). My friend Am got the Pappardelle al ragú d’agnello (pappardelle with lamb ragout, $13), which she said was just OK. We also started with their pere e formaggio (pear, gorgonzola, taleggio, parmigiano mousse walnuts and honey, $10), which we both really liked — each cheese and the mousse had a different taste, and topped on a juicy pear.
I’ve tried a lot of their other plates too. I remember liking the red beet gnocchi the first time a lot more. When I went recently, it was super heavy for me, so I would say even share it if you go. Shoulda known though…gnocchi is always a heavy plate!
So I’m thinkin': Love this place for an intimate dinner with friends, and it’s good for a date. Food is good, service is great. Try the pizza and let me know! Stop by here at least once if you’re in Brooklyn!
Baci & Abbracci
204 Grand St.
btw Driggs and Bedford Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11211