New Ownership did the Trick.
I have been to Bacco Italiano (off of Dean and University next to Publix) on three occasions since the new owners took over. The stuffy atmosphere of years past has been replaced by a new breed of authentic Italian fare. The new menu is much more suited price wise to the area and they have a great $4.99 lunch special daily.
The owners are personable and make sure to greet most, if not all of their customers. As a returning guest, they made me feel welcome each time and encouraged conversation. EXCELLENT WINE SELECTION!
TRY: Chicken Picatta with Roasted Potatoes AND Grilled Chicken Panini with Tuscan Fries.