Bacari GDL is the newest concept launched by owners Robert and Danny Kronfli, and Executive Chef/Owner Lior Hillel, who famously brought Bacaro to Downtown Los Angeles. Located at Glendale mall The Americana at Brand, the Italian-inspired restaurant focuses on fire-roasted dishes made in the new wood stone oven, and incorporates Mediterranean influences from Executive Chef Hillel’s Israeli heritage.
“Inspired by our travels to Italy, our overarching goal is to offer guests hospitable service and respite from everyday life by providing comforting food, well-executed drinks, and a warm atmosphere,” Danny Kronfli said.
Executive Chef Hillel’s extensive menu features a new collection of Bacari’s “cicchetti,” or Italian small plates. And while the menu is almost entirely different from its sister restaurants, Bacari GDL keeps favorites such as the open-faced Bacari burger and the mac & cheese. Unique to this location is a large wood stone oven, which is used to cook hand-crafted pastas and pizzas, including foie gras cresto de gallo pasta and bacon and double cream brie pizza.
A third restaurant, Bacari PDR, is located in Playa Del Rey. While the food across the restaurant group is rich and complex, the naming scheme is proving to be quite simple.
Bacari GDL is located at 757 Americana Way, Glendale, CA 91210. Open every day from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Brunch and happy hour forthcoming. Reservations are not required, but can be made by calling the restaurant at (818) 696-1460.
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