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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Dinner at Bravo

Bravo/Brio is a restaurant chain of about 120 restaurants operating under the Bravo Cucina Italiana, Brio Tuscan Grille and Bon Vie Bistro banners.

There is a Bravo Cucina Italiana (Bravo) in Naples, FL in the mixed use commercial/residential space, Mercato.


I was recently contacted by a PR firm about their 2 course menu that runs through the end of September.


I thought it as very nice of them to reach out to me. I had been here a few times for happy hour (a great value by the way) but never for dinner. The menu looked ok so why not?

Bravo has a number of venues to dine in. You can be outside (a great place to people watch),


and either outdoors


by the bar or indoors there.


They also have a more traditional indoor dining area.


My dining companion (DC) and I were treated to a couple of appetizers from their regular Menu.


The crispy shrimp Napoli was brought out to sample


and something I really liked, the ricotta and ciabatta.


This was a great starter, with in house made ricotta, marinated red peppers, Sopressate, arugula and grilled Ciabatta bread. Very good and a great presentation!

We then got to choose a couple of things from their promotional menu.

The starters from here were a Bravo chopped salad


and the antipasti salad.


I liked the latter salad better because of the meats incorporated into it and the more robust greens. The chopped salad had a surfeit of iceberg lettuce which got a bit soggy.

We then ordered the grilled chicken with sun-dried tomato goat cheese


and the shrimp scampi pasta.


Both of these were very good and worth the maximum charge of $20.00 depending on what you order.

Bravo is a casual dining chain with food that, in the context of casual dining, is quite good. The venue, at least in the Naples, FL market is nice and is a pleasant dining experience. Their promotional 2 course menu through September is a good value, and I hope it brings them business in the off season.

That's that for another post on Forks.

Bravo Cucina Italiana
9110 Strada PL.
Naples, FL 34108
(239)514-0042
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