Italian Tapas and Wine at Bacari PDR

Bacaro is the Italian term for a simple simple restaurant or wine bar, typically found in Venice. And, in Italian, when you want to pluralize a singular word, you change the -o to an -i, for example bacaro becomes bacari. And in a way, that is what Bacaro LA, a wine bar in downtown LA, has done. They have multiplied and gone from the single Bacaro LA to multiple locations with Bacari PDR, Bacari GDL and Bacari W3rd.

Bacaro LA is an energetic, casual space with an international selection of wines and Italian-style tapas. It has been a favorite spot of USC students. And across the city Bacari PDR in Playa del Rey, is a popular neighborhood restaurant near the beach. In between the two, there is Bacari GDL in Glendale and Bacari W3rd, opening soon on West 3rd.

Standing alone on the corner of Vista del Mar and Culver Blvd, Bacari PDR is a wooden structure that looks like it was pieced together board by board. There is a small patio for outdoor dining and inside there is a bar and the main dining room, with a smaller dining area tucked behind the bar. All in all, it is not a big space and a bit tight, but there is a casual, comfortable charm to it.

Bacari PDR is a casual neighborhood spot. Like its sister location in downtown LA, the wine list is written on chalkboard walls. And be sure to look up because the ceiling is linted with empty wine bottles, which is pretty cool.

The wine list includes a number of wines by the glass. Wines represent different wine regions around the world but the varieties are pretty standard. Wines are available in 5oz pours, 8oz pours or by the bottle, and the prices are reasonable.

The menu consists of Italian style tapas dishes called Cicchetti. Cicchetti are small snacks or side dishes served in traditional “Bàcari” in Venice, Italy. But, unlike the common cicchetti which include tiny sandwiches and small servings of seafood, meat and vegetable on top of bread, the cicchetti at Bacari are well-portioned. Like Spanish tapas, the idea is to order multiple plates and share with friends.

Bacari PDR’s menu includes both hot and cold dishes, as well as pizza.

Highlights on the menu include:

Cheese & Salami – Salame Toscano, Salame Calabrese and Midnight Moon goat cheese.

Bruschette (local heirloom tomato pesto)

Stuffed mushroom (five cheese blend, toasted pecans, basil walnut pesto, Parmesan, parsley)

Lamb Stuffed Eggplant -seasoned ground leg of lamb, lemon garlic emulsion, lemon chip, scallion)

Bacari Burger (open faced, fresh tomato, caramelized onion, Worcestershire aioli, telera roll)

In addition to a casual gathering with friends and small plates, Bacari offers unique drinking specials. Happy Hour is offered on weekdays. Every weekend Bacari locations offer a 90 Minute Open Bar where, for $25 per head, guests can enjoy all-you-can-drink sangria, champagne, Bacaro beer, house red and house white wines. If you are up for a night of drinking, try Wine Down Wednesday in which every glass of wine is $1 cheaper than your previous round. If you drink enough, you will work your way up to a free glass! Other special offering by Bacari are Beefsteak Sunday, Sangria Sunday and Saturday and Sunday Brunch.

With Bacaro LA multiplying into three Bacari locations, there is a casual, Italian-tapas, neighborhood restaurant near you.

Bacari PDR
6805 S Vista Del Mar Ln
Playa Del Rey, CA 90293

Bacaro L.A.
2308 S Union Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90007

Bacari GDL
757 Americana Way
Glendale, CA 91210

Bacari W3rd
8030 3⁄4 W. 3rd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90048