VENUE DETAILS

Bacio

Price:

$$$

Cuisine Type:

European, Italian

Serves:

Lunch, Dinner, Late-night

Handicap Accessible:

Yes

Outdoor Seating:

Yes

Handicap Accessible:

Yes

Outdoor Seating:

Yes

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REVIEW

Bacio, the popular new Italian cafe in Minnetonka's Bonaventure shopping center, is a very good-looking restaurant.

Trouble is, good looks only get you so far.

I don't know how much was spent to remodel the former Leann Chin, and owner Rick Webb won't say. But as I wandered through the dining room recently, taking in the all the dark wood and glass, a waiter shouted out a price -- $3.5 million. That's not hard to believe, because Webb spent a reported $2 million on Zelo. If true, that seems to make Bacio one of the most expensive restaurant projects in Minnesota history.

I like Webb's other restaurants -- Zelo and Ciao Bella -- a lot, so I came prepared to like Bacio as well. But after three visits, it struck me that the food for the most part is not memorable, and that the setting, though stylish, has little personality or presence.

That's not to say that Bacio is a bad restaurant. By Twin Cities standards, it's actually pretty good. But Twin Cities standards aren't very high, and for the most demanding diners, "pretty good" might not be good enough when the dinner tab can average $70 a person.

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Where:

Bacio
1571 Plymouth Rd.
Minnetonka, MN
952-544-7000

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