Wine, dine for less at Bargello Bistro in The Falls

By Nancy Eagleton….

Dine and socialize in the lounge, the dining room or outside on the patio at Bargello Bistro in The Falls.

New dishes and traditional customer favorites now are offered at affordable prices on the updated menu at Bargello Bistro in The Falls.

Dinner entrées at Bargello are priced at $10, $14 or $16 and all include your choice of soup or salad. Complete your meal with a glass of wine, offered with any entrée for only $4, and a decadent dessert, which is priced at a tempting $3.

The fresh, homemade entrées at Bargello Bistro are inspired from the countries in the Mediterranean. They are familiar, like comfort foods from a relative’s kitchen, yet current, healthy and uniquely seasoned to achieve rich flavor. Co-owner Frank Bernstein believes in the Florentine tradition of “tanta varieta,” which means a little of everything, and designed the new menu with this concept in mind.

“We offer 17 entrée choices priced at $10, which makes it easy for our guests to try new dishes each time they visit and still enjoy a reasonably priced meal,” Bernstein said.

New choices on the menu include tilapia served with fresh veggies, tenderloin tips, sausage and peppers and Flat Iron Steak. All of the traditional favorites, such as lobster ravioli and shrimp scampi are still offered, but now at reduced prices.

“This is real fresh homemade food offered at a price that people can afford,” said Bernstein, who has been in the restaurant business for more than 25 years and owns Bargello Bistro with business partner, Fred Wright.

Desserts are homemade, too. Tasty choices such as Crème Brulee, tiramisu and apple tart are hard to resist, especially at the new price of $3.

Guests also have the option to substitute the dinner entrée soup or salad choice for an appetizer from the Starter menu for $4 or an item from the First Course menu for $6. Choices include such favorites as Crispy Calamari, chicken wings and crab cakes.

Bargello Bistro serves lunch daily starting at 11 a.m. and breakfast is served every Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., alongside champagne mimosas for $3.

Owners Bernstein and Wright believe that dining is more than just eating and that a meal should be enjoyed and savored with good wine and good times. The bar and lounge area, outdoor patio seating and spacious dining room provide dining options to fit any mood, occasion and party size.

Customer Mirtha Fonte-Okunski said that she enjoys Bargello Bistro whether she is dining with her husband or her family, lunching with business associates or enjoying happy hour with fellow Howard Drive Elementary school PTA members.

“Several of us from the PTA meet there for happy hour. It’s such a comfortable, neighborhood place and the food is wonderful,” she said. “We also hold Howard Drive Family Nights at Bargello and they donate a portion of the sales to our PTA. It’s a very family-friendly place and Frank has been very supportive of our school.”

With many great offerings, any night is a good night to dine at Bargello Bistro. Happy hour is offered daily from 4-7 p.m. and features a half-price appetizer offered Monday-Thursday. You’ll be wined and dined with live jazz on Wednesdays and live music in the lounge on Fridays and on the patio on Saturdays. Enjoy a bottle of wine for half-price every Monday and take the whole family on Wednesdays when kids eat free.

Bargello Bistro is located in The Falls near Bloomingdales at 8888 SW 136 St. and the phone number is 305-232-8878. The restaurant is open daily for lunch at 11 a.m. and serves dinner until 10 p.m. on Sunday, 11 p.m. Monday-Thursday, and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

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