A busy Italian restaurant in Richmond offers a warm welcome and fabulous food
There are some restaurants which make you feel like they’re doing you a favour by serving you and others, like Bacco, who welcome you like a long-lost friend, which puts you in a good mood before you even start looking at the menu.
The restaurant is split level, giving you the feel of cosy nooks and crannies, with a relaxed but stylish décor. An extra side room is probably very busy on match days. Which is why the personal touch in Bacco is so lovely, as they must have so many non-regulars coming through, but each welcome was just as warm.
There were four of us, but only two had a starter, both choosing the butterfly king prawns, Sardinian fregola and shellfish sauce (£9.50). You only get three prawns each, but boy, were they worth it! The delicious, light sauce enveloped the tender, unshelled prawns and tiny pasta balls – truly wonderful.
I had the grass-fed ribeye (£20) for my main course and while it was one of the best steaks I’ve had a long time, alongside the crispy zucchini fritti, the others made much more interesting choices.
Eldest son, Jonah, had the grilled yellow fin tuna, peperonata, taggiasche olives and basil (£18.50). The fish, which were told had been brought in fresh that morning, was cooked rare and was soft and velvety – and a very welcome change for Jonah who had been living off pasta every night while revising for his 3rd year university exams.
Our youngest, Finn (the middle one being away in Sri Lanka), opted for the veal scaloppine with mushroom sauce (£18.50). I think it was the first time he’d eaten such a variety of porcini, and he loved them.
Husband Alex had the lamb shoulder (£17.50) – soft, succulent and melt-in-the-mouth, he commented.
The dessert menu was too tempting for any of us to pass up: amaretto ice cream and biscuits with more amaretto poured on top, bitter chocolate tortino with hazelnut and ice cream and lemon and vanilla panna cotta with poached rhubarb – all around £5.50 – £6.50. All helped down by a some very good Italian red and a few glasses of Prosecco. Heavenly.
It was a lovely, relaxed family evening. The staff are so friendly and we chatted to the couple at the next table who were obviously regulars. I think we may well become regulars ourselves.
39-41 Kew Road
Richmond TW9 2NQ
Bookings: 8332 0348