Recently, we checked in to the Executive Inn in Mineral Wells, Texas. Immediately the owners of the hotel recommended Bari’s Pizza and Pasta, which is directly next door and within walking distance. Bari’s is part of a small chain of restaurants which also has locations in Flower Mound, Denton, Wichita Falls, Pflugerville and Waco. We had just come from camping. Though the hotel room included a refrigerator and microwave, we didn’t really have enough food left over from the campground to make a good dinner, and we were too tired to scope out the local grocery stores. So we took them up on their suggestion, and walked over to Bari’s.
We were greeted by a very friendly hostess, and seated immediately upon arrival. There was live piano music, and I mused that one would have to go to a very expensive and swanky restaurant to have music of this type in Dallas, where we live. We were immediately served water with a slice of lime and complimentary bread sticks with butter. The decor was very attractive and pleasant, and I was immediately struck by a mural on the wall across from us which depicted a Venice waterway.
We had already examined the menu in our hotel room, and so we were able to order more quickly than if we had simply walked in unprepared. We decided on a large pizza, half cheese and half mushroom and green pepper, which we all shared, and Baked Eggplant Florentine, which my husband and I shared. The pizza was tasty, but not really hot enough, and it was a little light on the sauce. However the Baked Eggplant Florentine was superlative. It arrived so hot I had to take care not to burn myself. It was drowning in red sauce, very light on pasta and heavy on cheese, eggplant and spinach. My husband and I demolished it in a few bites. We took the remaining pizza back to our hotel room in a cardboard box and put it right in our little fridge for later meals.
Bari’s has a wide selection of dishes, including salads, appetizers, side orders and cold subs. On the back of the menu there are selections called Home Made Pasta and Bari’s House Specialties. There was a section called Kids ‘R’ Great, which seemed appealing until we realized that there were no confirmable vegetarian selections. The service was very friendly, and prompt, however I have to think that pizza sauce is cheap and I believe it would greatly benefit this restaurant to lay it on with a trowel. Personally I would appreciate more vegetarian selections on the menu. As a vegetarian I find it difficult to order in restaurants, and menus can be somewhat like mine fields in terms of avoiding meat and meat by-products. I give this Bari’s location a four star rating out of five stars.