During a beautiful New York summer night, nothing beats a rooftop bar or restaurant. Manhattan rooftop locations can be expensive and difficult to get to unless you live or work in the city. Fortunately for those of us close to the North Shore, Il Bacco is a hidden dining gem in Little Neck, Queens. Named for the Roman god of wine, Bacchus, (Dionysus in Greek mythology,) Il Bacco’s rooftop has a beautiful décor, comfortable seating and generous bartenders who pour drinks with a heavy hand. Those few descriptors are just the start of what Il Bacco has going on behind its doors! There is also a reception hall for larger catered events like weddings and bar mitzvahs in between the main floor dining room and the gorgeous rooftop.
“Il Bacco’s rooftop has a beautiful décor, comfortable seating and generous bartenders who pour drinks with a heavy hand.”
Il Bacco pulls out the red carpet for patrons before they even enter the restaurant by providing convenient valet parking right in front on Northern Blvd. Joe, the owner of Il Bacco of over two decades, cordially greets all guests with a handshake and a smile; making them feel welcome as they enter.
Guests can start their night with drinks on the roof top or by the restaurant bar while they wait to be seated. Once seated, fresh crisp bread, olive oil, fresh chunks of cheese and green olives will be spread across the table to warm up your palate and you look though a menu with a variety of mouth-watering options.
Il Bacco offers a variety of daily specials to choose from as well, including many fresh fish entrees. One entrée we ordered was a Brazilian Sea Bass special. It was moist, light, flakey and delicious. If you love pasta I highly recommend the Ravioli Campanola, stuffed with spinach and cheese in a pink cream sauce. After you finish the ravioli, you’ll find yourself using a piece of bread to sop up and enjoy all the extra sauce left on the plate. Il Bacco’s Chicken Sorrentino is also a must-order. The dish offered boneless chicken breasts topped with eggplant, prosciutto and mozzarella in a light brown sauce. This dish was served with sautéed spinach and oven roasted herb potatoes to balance out this perfect entrée.
Il Bacco also boasts an assortment of delicious and affordable pizzas, including: bosca (mushroom, pancetta, sage, mozzarella, tomato and truffle oil), vegetarian (grilled seasonal vegetables and Parmigiano), Napoli (olive, capers, and tomato), and more. They even have two types of dessert pies; Nutella (chocolate, hazelnut and coconut) and Macedonia (fig jam, fontina, slivered almonds and honey). If you don’t care for fancy pizza toppings, you can always order a margherita pizza with mozzarella, tomato and basil for only $9!
In addition to the dessert pies, Il Bacco offers a plethora of homemade desserts to choose from, that span everything from traditional Italian favorites like Tiramisu, Tartufo, Torta Di Ricotta and Gelati E’ Sorbetti. I highly recommend the Poached Pear with mascarpone cannoli cream; the sweet pears and the decadent cheese are a great way to end a meal. If you’re too full to take on a rich dessert, some delicious almond biscotti will be brought to the table as an after dinner treat. Try dunking them in cappuccino or espresso to maximize your enjoyment.
On top of the food being delicious, the service was excellent. Our waiter provided attentive service by pulling out our chairs, scraping crumbs off the table and helping us choose the perfect wines to pair with our entrées. Our water glasses were always filled promptly and his Italian accent only added to the authenticity of the evening. Il Bacco is a great place for happy hour with coworkers, an evening out with friends, dinner with the family, a wedding or bar mitzvah, and a romantic night on the town.
Il Bacco Ristorante is located at:
253-24 Northern Blvd.
Little Neck, New York 11362