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Bácaro Venetian Taverna, an Italian restaurant located in the historic west end of downtown Boulder and specializing in Venetian cuisine, has announced a new concept and a new menu for 2011.

The new concept for the restaurant expands upon Bácaro’s true identity as a gourmet Venetian eatery. The new menu features 75 small plates of moderate portions meant for sharing, traditional Bácaro classics, and a variety of vegetarian and gluten-free options. “Bácaro is one of the only restaurants in the country to offer a full menu of small plate options,” said Executive Chef Fabio Flagiello. “We are very excited to introduce our new menu of small plates to our customers.”

Bácaro, known for its ability to make eating gourmet Italian food healthy, affordable and delicious, will offer a new selection of fresh, nutritionally-balanced meals to cater to the Boulder community.  The new small plate options range from assorted cheese and cured meat plates like Stracchino and Prosciutto di Parma, to seafood and pasta dishes such as Aragosta e Capesante and Gnocchi di Zucca, which, along with all fresh pastas, is made on site daily.  Chef creation specials, salads and traditional Bácaro classic entrees will still be available in full-size portions. “We know from the popularity of our Happy Hour small plate menu that our customers will enjoy the variety of options on our new dinner menu as well as the experience of sharing and enjoying their food,” added Flagiello.

A sampling of new menu items includes the following dishes: Piadina Speck e Caprino, a flatbread topped with smoked prosciutto, arugula, fresh tomatoes and dry goat cheese; Salsiccia di Anatra, pan-roasted duck sausage served with braised cipollini onions; Crema di Zucca, Capesante a Caprino, butternut squash purée with pan-roasted scallops, ragout, and goat cheese cream; Tortelloni di Gamberi e Granchio, shrimp and crab ravioli with saffron cream sauce; and Costicina di Agnello, grilled Colorado T-bone lamb chop served with brown butter gnocchi.

Bácaro will also be offering a new wine and drink list. The drink list will include signature cocktails from Bácaro’s award-winning bartenders. The extensive wine list features wine from around the world including Italian vintages carefully selected by wine expert Corrado Fasano, Bácaro’s general manager and co-owner.

The new menu will be made available to customers beginning January 10, 2011. The prices on the new menu items will range from $3.00 – $14.00.

Bácaro – 921 Pearl St., Boulder. Dinner starting at 4:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. with a daily Happy Hour from 4:00 P.M. to 6:30 P.M. (303) 444-4888