By Kevin Haas
Rock River Current

You Gotta Try This is the Rock River Current’s weekly dining feature focused on signature dishes at your favorite local restaurants. You’ll find it each Wednesday at Want to see one of your favorites featured? Email us here to suggest a local staple.

Where: Baci’s Kitchen

Address: 2990 N. Perryville Road, Rockford 

Year opened: 2016

Owner: Nikko Castrogiovanni

Hours: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday

You have to try: Mahi Mahi Bowl

What’s in it: This 6-ounce pan-seared mahi mahi is served on a bed of white rice with red and yellow peppers, cherry tomatoes, broccoli and shredded carrots. It’s topped with a chunky mango salsa and served with honey lime dressing.

Why you should try it: The mango salsa and honey lime dressing give this protein bowl just the right amount of sweetness while still being a healthy option. “People are always being health conscious and they come in for our protein bowls,” Baci’s Kitchen owner Nikko Castrogiovanni said. The protein bowls have fresh ingredients and many are gluten free.

Pro tip: There are eight protein bowls to choose from, including salmon, chicken taco, shrimp and seared tuna. If you’re really watching your diet, you can sub in quinoa instead of the white rice.

For more information: 815-329-6922;;

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