Bacco Pizzeria and Wine Bar

In the shadow of Harrisburg’s City Hall on N. 2nd Street sits one of the capital’s hottest up-and-coming spots for gourmet, gas-fired, brick-oven pizza, traditional Sicilian cuisine, fine wines and Prohibition-inspired cocktails.

Named after Bacchus, the Roman god of wine and merry-making (the deity equivalent of the Greek’s Dionysus), Bacco Pizzeria and Wine Bar lives up to it’s namesake by offering a casual, yet sophisticated atmosphere of fun and relaxation with an impressive menu of culinary as well as spirit-filled palate-pleasers.

Open for nearly a year, veteran of the restaurant business, owner Max Randazzo immediately saw the location’s potential.

“I knew this space could be more than a nightclub, and we changed it into what it is today,” Randazzo explains.  “…We have a very relaxed atmosphere, and all of our ingredients are fresh, and everything is made in-house – the dough, the sauce.  …The whole concept is that it’s a fun place to get a bite and a drink, where guests can dress casually and relax.”

In addition to delicious cuisine and notable wines and cocktails, Bacco Pizzeria and Wine Bar boasts one of the city’s best happy-hour deals.

“With very few exceptions, everything on the menu is half-off between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.,” says Bacco’s manager, Isaac Schatz.  “Our current Happy Hour Menu is pretty amazing.”

Top 3 Must-Try Pizzas

1.  Margherita: Crushed tomato, olive oil, mozzarella and basil.2.  Salsiccia: Crushed tomato, pork sausage and mozzarella.3.  Fig: Fig marmalade, di parma prosciutto and gorgonzola.

Top 3 Must-Order Pastas

1.  Gnocchi Carbonara with bacon, cream, black pepper, egg yolk and parmesan cheese.2.  Orrechiette al Pollo: Chicken, smoked gouda, cream sauce and baby spinach.3.  Cappellini al Pesto with brick-oven egg, parmesan reggiano, and pesto sauce.

Top Must-Sample Small Plate

Angello: Two marinated lollipop lamb chops, rosemary, olive oil, sea salt, and lemon.

Top 3 Can’t-Miss Cocktails

1.  House Sangria: Secret house recipe made with brandy and a Tempranillo red wine, served over cracked ice.2.  Old Fashioned: Kentucky bourbon, demerara sugar, Angostura bitters, Peychaud’s bitters and orange essence, served on a king cube.3.  Penicillin: Blended Scotch, fresh-squeezed lemon juice, house-made ginger syrup, local honey, Angostura orange bitters and a single-malt scotch float, served on a king cube.

Bacco Pizzeria and Wine Bar (20 N. 2nd Street, Harrisburg) is open Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. and Saturday noon to 2 a.m. The kitchen closes at midnight on Friday and Saturday. For more information, call (717) 234-7508 or visit