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“Di Bacco's good Italian food and atmosphere”
Review of Di Bacco Cocina Bar Vino - CLOSED

Di Bacco Cocina Bar Vino
Price range: US$ 4 - US$ 12
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Groups, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, After-hours, Reservations
Cuenca, Ecuador
Level 5 Contributor
57 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Di Bacco's good Italian food and atmosphere”
Reviewed 28 February 2012

Very nice and comfortable ambiance. The co-owners are great with customers and for server and chef, ask for Sophia, a pleasant smile and bi-lingual. I avoid gringo nights but recommend it for new comers either contemplating a move to Cuenca or new to the city.

Visited December 2011
Helpful?
Thank Gary H
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Cuenca, Azuay, Ecuador
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Pasta, Vino, and Friends”
Reviewed 28 February 2012

I visit Di Bacco Cocina every Tuesday evening for gringo happy hour and dinner.

Helpful?
1 Thank Regina P
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Brandon, Manitoba, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
107 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Good Italian food and friendly service”
Reviewed 14 February 2012

This is one of the better Italian restaurants in Cuenca. The food is good and the service is prompt and friendly. There is a good selection of entrees ranging in price from $6 to $10. One of the co-owners is a gringo and the restaurant is trying to build a loyal clientele among the expat community. Tuesday is gringo night starting about 5:30. Thursday is newbie night especially for newcomers to Cuenca. They try to have some staff from the ministries that issue the various types of resident and non-resident visas present on some of the newbie nights to provide accurate information and answer any questions newcomers might have. In general, a good place to network and have a great meal.

  • Visited February 2012
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Helpful?
Thank Gerald N
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Brisbane, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
140 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
“Expat haven”
Reviewed 13 February 2012

If you are considering moving to Cuenca, or prefer to eat and drink where English is spoken, then Di Bacco Bar is for you. This is a favorite with expats and a lot of networking is done over a drink at this friendly establishment. Their wine list is extensive, their pasta dishes substantial. Warm, happy atmosphere and helpful, happy Expats!

Visited July 2011
Helpful?
Thank Adi552
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BA
Level 4 Contributor
45 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Overrated Gringo lair. Ordinary food and not cheap.”
Reviewed 31 January 2012

Don't get me wrong, I love a gringo place as much as the next expat but this place seems to go out of their way to attract gringos (with two specially themed gringo nights per week - I think Tuesday evenings is standard gringo night and Thursday night for "Newbie Gringos"). I couldn't help being suspicious of these events and whether they are used to tempt you into buying local real estate with favourite connections - but I never went so I can't be sure.

I have however eaten there a number of times, both for dinner and their set lunch. I have tried three different of their pasta dishes (primavera, marinara and pesto) and was
disappointed each time. Typically the sauce/topping seems completely unharmonised/infused with the pasta and, in the case of the pesto was grossly oily (with a pool of oil left in my dish when I finished eating). The best dish I had there was a fish dish which was pretty tasty and lemony.

The value at dinner time is typical for a place of it's type. While the lunch set menu is relatively much better value it lags far behind the competition. For instance I far prefer the more Ecuadorean style set lunches at El Tunel (which also include a drink and dessert) but for $2.25 instead of $4.50-$6.50.

The setting is quite nice in a pleasantly decorated covered-courtyard style room with a bar at the back. They also have small and large function rooms. I found the place to be pretty noisy during busy times with sound reverberating off the many hard surfaces and echoing with the high ceiling. Also I found it a little dimly lit at night for my taste.

For something comparable but much better (albeit not Italian cuisine - if this deserves that appellation) I would recommend Las Monjas which was much classier and had vastly better food for similar prices.

The service was fine - no complaints there - but unremarkable.

  • Visited January 2012
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5 Thank LostMyWander
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