Bloomfield’s restaurant scene just became more delicious with the addition of Bar Cara, which opens tomorrow, Saturday, January 23. Occupying the former Toscana on Broad Street, Bar Cara is an ambitious enterprise of the talented De Persio family, who for years, they’ve been pleasing palates in Montclair at their upscale Italian restaurant, Fascino. The name Bar Cara is an anagram of their names – Cynthia, Anthony, Ryan, Anthony.
“We’ll be serving traditional Italian food, like my grandmother makes, with a few twists,” says chef-owner Ryan De Persio. The entire place has a new contemporary look, “casual, with a New York vibe.”
In contrast to Fascino’s high end modern italian fare, Bar Cara’s menu is more moderately priced, featuring classic dishes like spaghetti carbonara, cornmeal dusted calamari, cured meats, and individual pizzas. (If you’re familiar with Fascino’s “Traditional Tuesdays” menu, you get the idea.) Forget BYOB, there’s a full bar, and the dining room has been divided to accomodate private parties up to 50. Dinner is served Tuesday through Sunday – open for lunch beginning Feb. 2, Tuesday through Friday. If you go, tell us about it in comments.