168 LITTLE COLLINS ST, MELBOURNE 9654 6778 ILBACARO.COM.AU It’s simple, stylish and seemingly always filled with people having a good time. For more than two decades, Il Bacaro has been wooing us with old-school hospitality, attentive service and timeless good looks.
What’s not to love about fat slices of ruby wagyu dressed with white anchovy? Or translucent Moreton Bay bug meat tossed through a twirl of perfect spaghettini with dancing chilli heat and a happy whack of garlic? Risotto of Jerusalem artichoke and crab is an alluring marriage of earthy creaminess and the sweet sea, while the wine list is an impressive assembly of Italian hits.
With no signs of fading, this remains one of Melbourne’s most accomplished and striking – if expensive – Italian eateries. ■ Must-eat dish Spaghettini with Moreton Bay bugs ■ Cuisine Italian ■ Price $$$ ■ Chef David Dellai ■ Bookings Yes ■ Open Lunch & dinner Mon-sat ■ Instagram @ilbacaromelbourne