Al Bacio, the existing restaurant and bistro in the heart of the city, has just opened a new address in rue Philippe II. For the two partners, Antonio Roberto and Mino Trisolini, this place represents a return to the basics, offering a restaurant-store for lovers of artisanal Italian cuisine, made with great passion and love. This is the trademark that has made Al Bacio a success since it opened on Rue Notre-Dame.
The new Al Bacio is located at the end of rue Philippe II, just before rue Notre-Dame, in place of a former delicatessen. Rearranged in a modern way, with a wall decorated with olive leaves that gives off the scent of Italy, the place is divided into a restaurant and a deli-catering area. “We are open continuously from 7am to 7pm, as we needed to adapt to the evolution of the catering industry, offering continuous working hours for our staff” explains Mino.
Thus, feel free to walk through the door of Al Bacio at any time of the day to satisfy your appetite. In the morning, a great breakfast offer is proposed on the menu. In addition to the traditional cappuccino accompanied by a pastry, all homemade by the chef (we enjoyed a pasticciotto leccese), you can also take the time to enjoy a copious savoury breakfast with, for instance, scrambled eggs with parmesan, fried eggs and pancetta or a mushroom frittata. The perfect way to start the day during the week, or on Saturdays before a shopping spree!
For lunch, as usual, chef Antonio Roberto offers daily suggestions that change according to what the market has to offer. “A few choices of starters, fresh homemade pasta, meat or fish dishes” reminds Mino, who operates in the dining room with a smile and an unchanging cheerfulness. Because Al Bacio’s recipe, which has made it successful and long-lasting over the years, is truly a smiling, family welcome to feel at home, with a good pasta dish on top!
For those in a hurry at lunchtime, the catering area offers a wide range of products. The two partners wanted to offer a number of “Italian snacks” to take away, such as suppli ( a sort of arrancini), puccia breads (from Puglia) or even pinsa pies. “We prepare everything on site, and to guarantee freshness, we heat it up in the Merry Chef oven to keep the original texture.” There are also salads, sous-vide meals to be reheated, soups and lasagne.
The icing on the cake is that the kitchen stays open until 6pm. It is therefore quite possible to enjoy several classic pasta dishes in the middle of the afternoon, or a piadina, a foccacia or a slice of pizza. For a gourmet afterwork, it is possible to enjoy a nice board of Italian charcuterie and cheese while sipping an Italian wine selected by the team or an artisanal Italian beer, the Viola. And before leaving, you can stop by the deli to take home some charcuterie, cheese or other artisanal products.
We can’t wait for the good weather to be back and enjoy their beautiful terrace in front of the shop on Rue Philippe II, but also in the street next door.
Discover without any further delay this new gourmet version of Al Bacio that we loved at KACHEN.
More information: www.albacio.lu
Pictures: Al Bacio