Brooklyn >Food & Dining > Baci & Abbracci
204 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY | Directions 1121140.713877 -73.960467
Mon-Thu, 5pm-11pm; Fri, 4pm-midnight; Sat, noon-midnight; Sun, noon-11pm
Left all SMILES – Great time with old friends gives this place 2 thumbs up. Food was delish & service superb.
ALMOST ASSAULTED BY STAFF. – Finished our meal and were about to leave when a dishwasher came from the kitchen and began verbally assaulting a female friend at our table. They had never met before. It really scared us. We assumed he was on drugs or had a mental disability and were worried he would become violent. He shouted in Spanish for about 20 seconds and then darted back to the door, staring at her from across the room and failing to respond to our questions at him. He didn't respond to our calls when we asked what was wrong, including questions from those in our party who were fluent in Spanish. He finally went back in the kitchen and THE MANAGER JUST SHRUGGED.
Despite everything, we could have forgiven the incident, but we were infuriated by the gall of the waitress who came out and tried to justify his behavior, saying this had happened before between the dishwasher and the rest of the staff ? that "it freaked her out the first time too." We suggested they let him go considering he wasn't stable, but the waitress continued to defend him. They didn't offer to comp our meal or offer any discount. They didn't even offer a solid apology for the episode, but rather she copped an attitude with us because we weren't ok with what had happened by the end of her explanation. She said they were planning to keep him on staff to "give him a chance." We were shocked.
Again, we could have forgiven the bizarre and scary incident, but the behavior of the staff in their response was intolerable. We will never return to this place.
Best Italian Food in Williamsburg! – 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.
Worst place to eat – The restaurant for lack of a better term was dimly lit to the point you could not see the menus. The service staff is poorly trained and not professional; the restaurant for being diverse did not offer a wide variety of foods and the potions are among the smallest I've seen in along time. A kid's menu portion is larger the food is plain jane nothing stands out in terms of flavor or presentation. I would not recommend it or return to ever it was that poor. If you have an appetite go somewhere else where both the food and service are far superior, this was a great disappointment and even a larger mistake.
Excellent Italian food! – Excellent food! The Malbec was exquisite! I could judge the restaurant on its bread alone. The bread was a true artisinal country style Italian bread with a slightly burnt crust. The salads very nice and the main dish Cavatelli con rapini e salsiccia/Cavatelli with broccoli rabe and sausage was very nice. Portions are very European, and overall it's not your typical American-Italian bastardization of Italian cuisine. Highly recommend it if you're in Williamsburg.
Awesome pizza, backyard garden ... all with warm, friendly service. – Seriously the best pizzas and a great backyard garden. I recommend the calamari appetizer (not greasy, light and crisp), the antipasto (the mozzarella is just like it was made and FedEx'ed from Italy). All of the pizzas are really good, particularly the Baci & Abbracci pizza - smoked mozarella, pancetta, and onion. Again, the food is all high quality, there aren't pools of grease on pizza, it is simple and delicious.
My friend who is a vegetarian ordered the spaghetti, and loved it - she said a sign of a good restaurant is whether or not they can make this simple dish delicious.
To top it off, the staff is warm and friendly. I can't wait to come back again.
Sad. – No pride was taken in the preparation of our meal. It lacked the delicate simplicities of true Italian cuisine. The pasta was watery, the olive oil thin, the spices numb, and the hospitality sad. For honesty look not here.
Great Food; Great Service – This place is AMAZING! The excellent service they provide started since when I made my reservation. Got a call from the owner to make suggestion on how to manage such a large group (22 of us). He had a menu prepared for us with my daughter's name printed on it (we went for her Christening dinner), the place was all set up and the waiter was very attentive. They had us seated right away and just kept up with the attention throughout. The food was SPECTACULAR! Every course was great. The crab cake salad is to die for as was the cheesecake which has a layer of raspberries in the crust. Wow! They outdid themselves. I recommend this place to everyone.
I miss Baci & Abbracci! – We recently moved from Brooklyn to LA and I've been looking for great Italian places like this place - good food, good wine list, nice looking place, and really nice staff all around. I used to bring my daughter (2 y/o) at least once a week and they were so very accommodating, remembered us after our first time dining there (though that might have something to do with my husband ordering the $20 grappa at the end of our meal!), and most importantly, served us delicious food. Everyone from the pizza chef, to the waiters, to the owners made us feel welcomed and gave us great service or a friendly greeting. I wanted to write a review before we left the neighborhood, but sadly didn't take the time. We loved the lasagna (a fave with my foodie-toddler), the branzino, the pork loin (also a toddler fave) the Lattuga alla Trentina salad, the beet gnocchi, the Margarita and Capricciosa pizzas, (though the latter sometimes got a little soggy in the middle depending on how much was piled on, but that could have been unique to my having to dine with a 2-year-old and not getting to my pizza when it was fresh out of the oven). The sides of veggies are huge, fresh and yummy. The patio is great and also a great place for kids to enjoy. This is a great place! We miss it a lot. Enjoy a glass of Trebbiano d'Abbruzzo in the courtyard this summer. Tasty!
My husband and I were frequent customers. We enjoyed the atmosphere, the food and the service and thought that the prices were very fair. One evening while dining in the garden out back we realized that someone from the staff was urinating on the fence that separated our table from the empty lot next to the restaurant. He was facing us and was about a foot away. What?s worse is that we were the only people dining outside so it was clear that the person knew what he was doing. We saw staff going in and out of a door that led from the garden to the empty lot. Honestly, it frightened me. I wasn?t sure what he was doing at first until of course I heard his urine hitting the fence. I thought maybe someone from the street had roamed on to the empty lot and didn?t realize that people were dining so closely. When we left I realized the empty lot was fenced off giving only the staffers access. I looked the guy right in the face as he was urinating.
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