175 Ludlow Street, near East Houston. 212.477.0077
Taverna di Bacco is an Italian restaurant specializing mostly in the food of Southern Italy. It is rustic and modern with an indoor garden in the back, a spacious bar up front. Brick walls, wood floors, chalk board listing specials and friendly service help create the quintessential neighborhood restaurant. Add to that some very good food, since Maurizio Crescenzo is both owner and executive chef. He comes from the Campania region of Italy and attended Culinary Institute in Naples. He’s worked in Venice, Germany,, Cortina d’Ambezzo, a resort in Italy. He opened Taverna di Bacco in August 2011. His food philosophy is to keep food simple and good. He’s appeared at the James Beard House and food has never been far from the center of Maurizio Crescenzo’s life. His East Village trattoria that on Italy’s many regional cuisines, and Maurizio is passionate both about cooking and about sharing the bounty of his kitchen.
Recommended appetizers include perfectly crisp and tender Calamari fritti (Fried Calamari), with a zesty dipping sauce and a delicious Melanzane alla parmigiana (Eggplant alla parmigiana). For pastas, look no further than light-as-a-feather Lasagna con spinaci e ricotta (
Homemade lasagna with ricotta & spinach) or Lasagna alla Bolognese (Homemade lasagna with classic bolognese sauce). The menu lists many other choices of pasta as well.
Entrees are especially good: we enjoyed Porchetta al rosmarino con patate al forno (Oven roasted pork belly with rosemary, sage & garlic), Pollo arrosto alla diavola con scarola (Half roasted chicken with spicy sauce & sautéed escarole) and an unusual Braciola di agnello alla pizzaiola con patate al forno (Braised lamb braciola with aromatic herbs & roasted potatoes).
The wine list is short and affordable with lots of bottles under $40. And leave room for such desserts as Tiramisu, a dense Chocolate Cake and an excellent Panna Cotta. Don’t miss the terrific cappuccino.
Taverna Di Bacco is the perfect place to host your special celebration.
Whether you are planning a brunch, cocktail party or sit-down dinner, chef, Maurizio Crescenzo, will work with you to create a customized menu sure to delight you and your guests. They also offer catering at your location for up to 300. Call or email to begin planning your special event.
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