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Best New Restaurant &

Best Italian Food!

daily herald’s “best of the best” competition

a boutique pizza bar in arlington heights

Our mission is to create an exceptional dining experience where families come together to savor the finest combination of Italian-inspired pasta, delectable pizza, and a warm, welcoming atmosphere.

With a commitment to quality ingredients, artisanal craftsmanship, and personalized service, we aim to be the premier destination for those seeking an upscale yet family-friendly dining option. Our goal is to delight our guests with the perfect blend of authentic flavors, innovative culinary creations, and a convivial ambiance that celebrates the joy of shared meals and cherished moments with loved ones.

meet our chef

Chef Gary Baca brings over 25 years of experience in the restaurant business to Bar Salotto.

Baca realized his passion for cooking at a young age by spending time with his grandmothers, one who cooked the same meals with complete precision, the other feeding 26 grandchildren with what seemed like nothing in the refrigerator. Gary began his restaurant career as the corporate sous chef for Milano's Italian Kitchen of California. While performing his duties as executive chef at Scoozi!, Baca simultaneously worked with LEYE consulting with such restaurants as Cajun Kitchen, McDonald's, and the Compass Group as well as assisting with several LEYE restaurant openings. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management from the Santa Barbara City Culinary College in December 1987.

As a California native, Baca now enjoys all of the diversity in restaurants and Midwestern hospitality that Chicago has to offer. Gary prides himself on using rustic, simple, and specially or locally sourced ingredients that allow him to cook dishes that maintain the integrity of their ethnic origin.


wed – thurs

fri – sat



1421 N. Rand Rd.,
Arlington Heights, Illinois 60004

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