When I think of Italian food I can’t help but picture someone’s grandmother who barely speaks English, wearing an apron and spending the whole day in the kitchen preparing the nights meal. Whether there’s 4, 8, or more over for a family meal you can count on Nonna to make enough for the whole neighborhood. Mangia! Mangia! she would shout. I remember growing up as a Jewish kid and having friends who were Italian. Jews and Italians are very similar when it comes to food and traditions. They like to cook and eat. No wonder I turned out big. I loved visiting and watching Nonna make homemade sauce (gravy to some), raviolis, even bread. You can see the love that goes into her cooking. Italian food is the food of love. Can’t be helped. It is what it is and I love it.
I have met Chef Francesco Greco on numerous occasions as a guest and as a sponsor of the Greater San Tan Chamber of Commerce’s Restaurant Week ... A Taste of San Tan Valley in which Baci’s participated. When Baci’s first opened on the corner of Williams Field and Power Roads I had no idea it was the same as the one currently on Germann Road. Coming from Chicago myself I was familiar with their restaurant in Plainfield Illinois but never made the connection until talking to Frank one day.
Il vero pasto all'italiana: antipasto, primo, secondo, dolce (The rhythm of an Italian meal...Appetizer, First course, Second course, Dessert)
We also ordered a Mushroom and Sausage Pizza that came in perfect timing right after the appetizers and soups. Got to keep that rhythm going. Thin crust with big pieces of Italian sausage, mushrooms and great tasting cheese. Remember, not all pizza’s are created equally. If you’re used to having you’re pizza delivered and like it this is probably not for you. Baci’s uses the freshest, high quality ingredients and you taste it.
This is where our individual tastes came out. Almost everyone ordered a different dish so we got a pretty darn good representation of the kitchen’s capabilities.
My great nieces ordered the Baked Stuffed Shells, and the Baked Manicotti with meat sauce. They are pretty picky eaters so I was surprised that they both liked their dishes and the soups.
Last but not least my other niece had the Eggplant Parmigiana served with meat sauce and Gnocchi. A very filling and tasty dish which she loved.
E ora per il dessert (and now for dessert)
Baci’s Italian Bistro
8830 E. Germann Road, Mesa 85212
Half mile West of Ellsworth Road.
Tues - Thurs 11-9