Sunday, June 21, 2009

Bar Rosso- Aventura

Bar Rosso is a new wine bar/restaurant located in the old Ivy spot in Aventura. (around the corner from Chef Allen's) They have incorporated several current trends into their menu including a wood burning oven, small plates and a few mozzarella options. Moreover, you can sample almost every bottle on the wine list with reasonably priced 3 or 9 oz pours. This is a nice option assuming they are pouring enough to keep them fresh.

The restaurant features an open kitchen, large bar area with long communal tables and an outdoor patio. It should be noted that the average age when we were there was 60...

We didn't sample a lot of the menu but what we tried was unfortunately mediocre at best. The burrata was too salty and a complete miss. The allegedly homemade whole wheat pappardelle with wild mushrooms, arugula and goat cheese was nothing special. The wood grilled octopus was okay but no match for the one I had last week at Michael's Genuine. As a huge meatball fan, I opted for the meatball sliders over the grilled short ribs and giant kobe beef ravioli. Another average offering. Not bad but no comparison to Macaluso's, Cafe Martarano's or nearby Fulvio's.

I obviously didn't love Bar Rosso and certainly can't recommend it. Nevertheless, I'm willing to give them another shot because of the numerous BTG wine and small plate food options.

I think they can succeed in that area if they improve the quality of the food, continue with the small plate options, and maintain the reasonable/diverse wine prices/options. This will help get the younger demographic in there for dinner and keep them at the bar late night. If not, they will not make it to next season and be toast by Labor Day.

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