Posted May 20, 2014

Grand Opening: Pacci Italian Kitchen + Bar

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Pacci Italian Kitchen + Bar opens this week in the heart of downtown Savannah, GA. Pacci is located inside the new Brice hotel, a beautifully renovated historic property that is sure to soon be the darling of the Southeast’s tourism scene. Pacci’s Chef Roberto Leoci, a longtime Savannah favorite and staple of the local dining scene, will put his signature, award–winning stamp on the menu of simple and soulful coastal Italian cuisine.

The top five things you’re going to love about Pacci:

1. Punch Drunk Brunch. We’ll go ahead and just kick things off here with something irresistible. Have you ever been to a “Punch Drunk Brunch”? Us neither, but we can tell you it’s going to be one-of-a-kind and a damn fine time. It’s true that Southerners are known for their penchant for a fine punch (aka booze), and we definitely love our brunches, so Pacci had the genius idea to combine the two. We have a feeling people in Savannah are going to be very happy.  Happens every weekend, starting at 11am on Saturday and 12:30pm on Sunday, carrying on ’til the punch runs dry.

2. Secret Garden Courtyard. Who doesn’t love dining alfresco, especially when it feels like your own secret little backyard — if your backyard were romantic, impeccably decorated, sumptuous with greenery and candlelit. Pacci’s Secret Garden Courtyard is a truly special spot for diners to relax with drinks and dinner under the sultry Southern stars.

Pasta master Roberto Leoci.

Pasta master Roberto Leoci.

3. Swoon-worthy Housemade Pastas. Wherever there is an Italian, there is sure to be good pasta somewhere close by. Lucky for us, Chef Leoci comes from a long line of true Italiano cooks and has perfected his repertoire of handcrafted pastas over the years. A few dishes to whet your palate: Creste de Gallo, “rooster’s crest” pasta, Italian sausage and broccolini in white-wine sage sauce; and Bucatini all’Amatriciana, Vidalia onion and house pancetta, with San Marzano tomato sauce. 

4. Aperitivo Hour. Pacci’s Italian spin on happy hour, our Aperitivo Hour will be a fun way to unwind outside the box. We’ll serve fabulous Italian cocktails like the Romanza, with Campari, Grand Marnier and grapefruit juice served on the stem, and our Pacci Manhattan with High West Bourye Whiskey, amaro and bitters, paired with charcuterie, shareable cheese and antipasto plates, and cicchetti (traditional Italian snacks). We’re so excited about it, we’re doing it twice nightly: Monday through Friday, 5–7pm and 9–10pm.

5. Pacci’s GM Ruthie White. Every good restaurant has a wizard behind the curtain who makes everything run smoothly and ensures a memorable dining experience. In our case, this superstar is Ruthie White, our lovely and dynamic GM who relocated from San Francisco just to work at Pacci. Ruthie’s got Lowcountry roots, growing up in North Myrtle Beach, SC, and we join her family in welcoming her with open arms back to her native South.

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