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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

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Salmone Affumicato Con Insalata Di Carote, Cipolla E Mousse Al Gorgonzola*
In-house smoked scottish salmon served with shaved carrot and blanched onion salad accompanied by gorgonzola mousse, bread crostini, olive oil and caviar
Insalata Di Granchio
Blue crab meat salad dressed with lemon and mustard, served with a black sesame puff pastry, diced tomatoes and local fennel fronds
Insalata Di Polipo Seppie E Gamberi Nella Conchiglia Di Pasta Sfoglia
Shrimp, cuttlefish & octopus salad dressed with lemon juice & olive oil in a puff pastry shell
Tortino Di Taleggio Con Spinaci E Salsa Alle Spugnole
Flan of taleggio cheese accompanied by sautéed spinach, topped with porcini mushroom sauce
Burrata Con Insalatina Nostana
Fresh creamy mozzarella cheese served over local organic greens and drizzled with extra virgin olive oil
Carpaccio Di Manzo Su Letto Di Rucola Con Scaglie Di Parmiggiano
Chilled, thinly sliced beef round with lemon vinaigrette, arugula and shaved parmesan and pomegranate seeds
Bigoli Con Aragosta Fradiavolo
Fresh house made noodles sautéed with spicy lobster sauce and served with whole lobster
Capellini Ai Frutti Di Mare
Fresh house made angel hair pasta with a traditional tomato-based seafood sauce (mussels, clams, shrimp, prawn, bay scallops, and seppia)
Ravioli Con Ricotta E Spinaci Nella Crema Di Parmiggiano
Fresh house made ricotta & spinach stuffed fresh pasta in a cream of parmesan cheese
Tagliolini Alla Crema Di Funghi E Tartufi
Fresh house made narrow fettuccini served with a truffle and mushroom cream sauce, topped with fresh italian truffle slices
Angiolotti Di Manzo Al Pomodoro E Basilico
Fresh house made angiolotti pasta stuffed with local beef and parmesan in a light marinara sauce with fresh basil
Caserecce Alla Boscaiola
Fresh house made caserecce pasta with mushrooms, green peas and bolognese sauce
Cannelloni Alla Rossini
Fresh house made cannelloni pasta rolled over local berkshire pork tongue, spinach, ricotta & parmesean cheese served baked and topped with béchamel sauce, and marinara sauce
Pasticcio Di Lasagne Alla Bolognese
Classic meat sauce lasagna
Minestrone Di Verdura
Homemade mixed vegetable soup
Zuppa Di Patati E Porro
Homemade cream of potato and leek soup
Salmone Croccante Con Lenticchie E Melanzane
Seared scottish salmon fillet with braised lentils, eggplant purée, pea shoot and celery root salad
Pesce Spada Con Insalata Di Cannellini
Wild caught swordfish grilled and served with a cauliflower sauce and white beans, diced zucchini, fresh tomato, basil & extra virgin olive oil
Scaloppine Alla Sorrentina
Sautéed thinly pounded pork loin topped with tomato, basil and melted provolone cheese in white wine sauce. Served with roasted wedge potatoes
Osso Bucco in Gremolada
Center cut white wine braised veal shanks with mashed potatoes and fresh herbs gremolata (rosemary, parsley, mint, lemon zest)
Tagliata Di Manzo Con Arucola
Grilled striploin sliced over herb roasted root vegetables and fresh arugula salad topped with shaved parmesan cheese and lemon vinaigrette
Filetto Di Manzo Con Salsa All'amarone E Uova Di Quaglie*
Seared beef tenderloin with amarone wine sauce, served with seasonal vegetables and a quail egg
Insalata Mista Della Casa
Mixed green salad
Verdure Spadellate
Sautéed vegetables (carrots, beets, and zucchini)
Timballo Di Pane Con Salsa E Gelato Alla Vaniglia Con Frutta Fresca
Bread pudding with vanilla sauce and ice cream and fresh berries
Panna Cotta Al Meile E Ricotta
Traditional honey and ricotta custard, served with mixed berry sauce and fresh berries
Crostata Alla Pera E Marzapane
D'anjou pear and marzipan tart served with fresh berries, vanilla ice cream and whipped cream
Tiramisu Avvolto Nel Cioccolato*
Mascarpone cream with lady fingers dipped in espresso and vanilla sauce
Torta Al Marscarpone Con Frutta Di Bosco
Caramelized marscarpone cheese cake with fresh berries, served with strawberry sauce
Tortino Di Cioccolato Gianduia Con Gelato Alla Vaniglia
Chocolate hazelnut cake with vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce
Gelato Affogato Con Espresso E Il Biscotto Toscano
A traditional italian vanilla ice cream immersed in warm espresso, served with homemade biscotti, drizzled with a dark chocolate sauce
Chef Baroncini's philosophy of using fresh, seasonal, and local ingredients is represented in his contemporary Italian cuisine. Gianluca Baroncini graduated from the Italian national culinary institute in Verona, Italy, in 1991. He is the former Executive Chef of Terrazza Di Giulietta in Verona, Italy, executive chef of the Mauro's catering. He worked as Assistant chef at the Ristorante Il Desco, which received a two star Michelin guide prestigious award in Verona, Italy. Gianluca worked at the Tiberio's, Il Giardino, and as assistant chef du rang at the prestigious Galileo, fine dining Italian restaurant in Washington D.C..
US$10 - US$40
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, After-hours
Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Accepts Discover, Takeout
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

With hand made pastas and authentic sauces, this tiny boutique restaurant is a must try! The pasta was quite good, soft and slightly chewy, very fresh. The sauce had a level of depth and the portion sizes were perfect. The service was less than ideal,...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank ThirstyTraveller88
Reviewed 9 February 2019 via mobile

The food here is delicious and filling. If you leave hungry, that was a choice. Even on a super-cold evening, this place was still busy. That says something!

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank person777
Reviewed 9 January 2019 via mobile

My favorite Italian restaurant in Iowa City, this small Bistro with just two rows of tables and booths requires reservations most nights. Food is unique, wine list is huge, and I've been pleased with every dinner.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Macdougl
Reviewed 24 November 2018 via mobile

I am still thinking about the pasta they served here! Even our son's spaghetti with meatballs dish was amazing- the sauce/noodles were incredibly flavorful. I had a delicious ravioli dish while my husband had the salmon. It is a small/intimate venue. I haven't had pasta...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Pam C
Reviewed 4 November 2018 via mobile

Small intimate restaurant. Very good authentic cuisine. Insalata polpito...octopus perfect and the warm potato and carrots was perfect with the pesto vinaigrette...fettuccine maiale e porcini (pork and porcini mushrooms) in a Parmesan cream sauce. Delicious meal

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank richardbS1203FQ
Reviewed 1 November 2018

Sorry to see that several reviewers here have been disappointed, I have always had a good experience here. If you consider Italian food to be spaghetti and meatballs, this is probably not the place for you. The menu is varied and changes regularly. Pastas are...More

Date of visit: October 2018
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Reviewed 26 September 2018

It has been over a year since I last reviewed my favorite Iowa City restaurant so I thought it was time to do so again, and to post recent photos I have taken. I eat here almost weekly. The food is consistently superb. Every dish...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank AlanLight
Reviewed 25 September 2018

Given the chef/owner's background, I expected more from this restaurant. The Carpaccio was bland and overdressed. It was swimming in oil. The Swordfish Crudo was extremely fishy and overdressed. Three of us ordered their Agnolotti and to say the dishes were inconsistent is an understatement....More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank T2944NHjeffb
Reviewed 7 September 2018

My wife, daughter, and I, visited for lunch on August 29th. This was my 2nd visit to Baroncini, with this being my first lunch visit. It wont be my last lunch visit either. We all took advantage of the $10 2 course lunch menu. I...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank iowacityia
Reviewed 20 August 2018 via mobile

The food here is delicious and filling. If you leave hungry, that was a choice. While I appreciate the drinks at the beginning of the meal, there is no need to push alcohol on your patrons. Have an alcohol alternative.

Date of visit: August 2018
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26 December 2018|
Response from jamesgW1592WA | Reviewed this property |
I don't know if they have gluten free pasta. I would call them and ask.
25 October 2017|
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Response from Mitch H | Reviewed this property |
Honestly, the answer appears above, but the easiest way to find this out is to call the restaurant directly.
Jerre C
14 September 2017|
Response from mrfellmd | Reviewed this property |
Not sure. You should check the menu or call the restaurant to find the answer.
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