KATY (Covering Katy News) –  Katy residents Maria and Bill Loveday hope to someday expand their Italian restaurant operation from Houston to their own community, but right now they’re simply inviting their Katy neighbors to take a ride to Houston for an old school Italian experience.

Bacaro Kitchen and Wine Bar is located at 14021 Memorial Dr, Houston at the intersection of North Kirkwood Drive.  It’s a quick trip from Katy in a neighborhood located between Highway 6 and Beltway 8.

Bacaro Kitchen and Wine Bar was formerly known as The Devine Affair, which has been in operation more than eight years as a popular dine-in and happy hour spot with take-out options.

“We hail from New York and now live in Katy, said Bill Loveday.

Maria is a teacher at Tays Junior High School in Katy.

“Maria is Italian and the spiritual soul of traditional tastes and hospitality, and I’ve worked in the restaurant industry for more than twenty years. We saw an opportunity to conceptualize our brand in the Memorial area and deliver an exquisite experience with a mix of formal and casual dining.”

They say the overall atmosphere is inspired by the warmth and neighborliness of the Bacari in Venice, where locals stop in for a glass or two of wine, cicchetti (small plates), and freshly made meals. Dane George remains at the helm as executive chef and general manager and was taught to cook by his Sicilian grandmother. This has inspired his most popular menu items: gulf shrimp and diver scallop scampi, pappardelle bolognese, chicken piccata and eggplant parmesan. He’s adding new dishes to the menu as well.

“Our focus is to provide the best wine and menu options in the Memorial area. Enjoy our restaurant and the new bar menu with a variety of cicchetti and Mediterranean dishes, such as grilled octopus and crudos of the freshest fish. Or stop in for take-home meals on busy days,” says Chef Dane.

Bacaro is a cozy place with a seventy-seat dining room and a separate area for business and social parties for up to twenty guests, as well as a patio seating for sixteen.

Sunday Brunch from 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. features wine specials and live music by a talented Latin guitarist. The bar menu includes wine/beer specials for happy hour 3 – 6 p.m. daily and 9:30-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights. On Wednesday evenings the restaurant offers samplings of new wines, as well as monthly sit-down wine tastings and regular wine dinners featuring specific wineries or themes.

A grand opening celebration is planned after summer to kick off the busy fall season.

Visit the website at bacarokitchen.comor call 281-759-6300.

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