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This wonderful Italian restaurant extends our pasta frontiers by making gnocchi with polenta, rather than the usual potatoes, semolina, or bread crumbs, then saturates them with a scrumptious rabbit ragu, shot with black peppercorns like punctuation in a lengthy paragraph. The beet-dyed potato gnocchi called violette di parma are similarly excellent. There's also a flavorful squid salad, a wood-oven calzone bulging with fresh mozzarella, and a pork chop laved with rosemary-scented gravy. Best of all is the namesake pizza baci & abbracci ("hugs & kisses"), littered with caramelized onions and gobs of pancetta.
Thought we would never find the same amazing flavors and fresh pasta outside of Italy, but this place is quite possibly one of the best Italian spots we've found in the city! Aside from the homemade crusty bread and pizza, the fresh homemade pasta is worth the trip out to Williamsburg. We ate the grilled octopus salad special, quattro stagioni pizza, farafelle eggplant special, and linguine with seafood (specially made to be prego safe). Everything tasted like it came from our grandmother's kitchen (if we had an Italian grandmother)...and although we walked out completely stuffed, the food did not sit heavy in our stomachs since everything was cooked without too much salt or heavy oil. We'll definitely be back - and next time, we'll have to save room for their amazing homemade desserts! We recommend the garden seating area, but the restaurant area is also very nice - the ambiance is perfect.
The name Baci & Abbracci means "Hugs and Kisses" in Italian, and that's exactly what we'd like to give the beloved composer and peace activist. We'd settle him in the relaxing backyard and ply him with one of the wonderful wood-oven pizzas--say, the namesake pie, gobbed with fresh mozzarella, caramelized onions, and pancetta--then chase it with the baby gnocchi in a savory rabbit ragout. As his former bandmate George says in "Savoy Truffle": "I feel your taste all the time we're... More »
We sat stunned in the lovely back garden of Baci & Abbracci, our gaze directed at the cloudless sky. Up above wheeled hundreds of fawn-gray doves in concentric circles, their wings glinting white as they turned toward the sun. A faint flapping... More »
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