Bucatini cacio e pepe from Bargello with chicken and grilled focaccia and kale salad.

Bargello offers wood-fired pizzas and homemade pasta

Bucatini cacio e pepe from Bargello with chicken and grilled focaccia and kale salad.

For almost two years, Bargello, the restaurant located in the lobby of the Arras hotel, has been offering its guests Mediterranean-inspired dishes. Perhaps it was the lack of travel opportunities that finally got me in through the large hotel lobby doors. Bargello is perhaps the closest thing to the Mediterranean that we could see for a while.

Inside, the lobby is bustling with District 42, the hotel lounge, bustling with customers. Even though it was cold outside, District 42 had its outdoor seating and rolling fireplaces.

I skipped the refreshing cocktail and went straight to Bargello, occupying the right side of the lobby. Incidentally, or should I say fortunately, they didn’t have its outer seats open. Inside the massively high-ceilinged room, the vastness of the room at first appears a bit sterile due to its size. But overall, the space somehow retains a sense of privacy due to its decor and layout.

Bargello kale salad.

The dining room has an art deco vibe with warm wooden tables and a pop of color in the deep turquoise high-backed banquettes. It’s a space designed to make an impression … with the exception of the waiters who are dressed in logo T-shirts, jeans and mismatched shoes. The whole simple-chic look of the T-shirt and jeans has been acceptable for years, even at the best restaurants, but was shocking at Bargello, especially for a good dinner.

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