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Nov 19, 2010 03:13 AM

An Italian Gem , A True Find!

As I was buying wine at the Arlington Liquor Store I saw that a menu was displayed, and as I looked it over I realized that it was the real deal! The restaurant Bacco was next door in the shopping center across from Adams at 718 Duchess Turnpike. I had lunch and was bowled over. It's family owned. The owner is the chef, an Italian that has cooked primarily in Europe. Last night I took my wife and another couple so they could see. Everything is homemade. Homemade bread arrives with three different olive oil infusions and then treat yourself to a real Italian dinner. A real sophisticated Italian dinner in a soft candle lit space. I had last night the most delacate calamari and then homemade pasta with mussels, clams, shrimp, calamari. I wished I had tried the octopus or the chicken rolled with proscutto and mozzarella. By the way, as a gift from the chef we were given the freshest mozzarella that I have ever had in my life with red peppers, and prosciutto. Only one dessert was ordered and that one was phylo wrapped around molten chocolate. This is a true find, and I offer this to all the Chowhounds that have helped me in the past. Their telephone number is 845-454-1882. I have spent many pleasurable hours in Italy and this little restaurant brings back memories.

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  1. It's in Poughkeepsie NOT Rochester!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    2 Replies
    1. re: JHW

      how does it compare to il barilotto / aroma osteria? i'm down the road from it, knew it opened a few weeks ago, but haven't been yet...

      1. re: bob gaj

        Bob Gaj:
        It is a more intimate space, but I have not been to Aroma Osteria in such a long time that I do not trust my food comparison. Please try Bacco and tell me what you think.

        Aroma Osteria
        114 Old Post Rd, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590

    2. Based on your recommendation, we tried it for lunch last week. Though the lunch menu is relatively simple, Italian-American, the food was very tasty. We had chicken parmesan and shrimp parmesan. I looked at the dinner menu and it is much more ambitious and interesting. If we lived closer I would definitely try it, but unfortunately we normally only get down to Poughkeepsie for occasional shopping trips. I would go back for lunch and for those who are in the area I would say dinner is definitely worth a try.