Bácaro’s $15 Anniversary Dinner

3-course prix fixe is a blast from the restaurant price past

I can’t quite recall how long ago $15 bought a three-course dinner in Boulder, but I’m thinking it must have been more than 15 years ago. But that’s what the Bácaro Venetian Taverna  is charging for its limited-selection dinners on Sunday and Money evenings in November to celebrate its 15th anniversary. When my husband and I and friends went to take advantage of this offer, it was the first time I’ve been there since Aaron Bennett became executive chef this past summer.

The restaurant’s decor and food have changed subtly over the years. The style remains attractive and somewhat rustic, and the food is still solidly Italian, but with more more of an emphasis on organic, natural and local. Among the more obvious changes are organizational. Bennett has pared down his predecessor’s complex menu of many small plates and returned to a more traditionally sized and structured card of antipasti (including their popular individual pizza), salad, pasta, meats, fish, salume, dessert.  The anniversary menu is really tight –two starts, two mains and one dessert, with the selections changing every weekend.

The marinated shrimp skewer first course rests on a green salad accompanied by herb-marinated cherry tomato and aoili.

 

Chicken piccata with herb-roasted squash and lemon-caper butter.
A pair of prosciutto-wrapped diver scallops atop saffron-basil infused risotto.
Caramel apple bread pudding with house-made caramel and spiced whipped cream.

Three of us had the anniversary special, but my husband’s culinary contrarian ordered from the regular menu.

Hand-cut (but neither crisp nor hot) fries with a choic of sauces. He selected the roasted tomatoe aioli.
Pan-roasted filet mignon Florentine with garlic-sauteed spinach, potato gratin, mushrooms and tomatoes.

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