Bravo! Italian new location in Cincinnati!

Bravo! Italian

Hey Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky folks: BRAVO! Italian has it’s newest location at Rookwood! You don’t want to miss out on delicious food, an extensive wine and beer selection, and some of the best staff in town!!

BRAVO! is proud to serve Italian classics with a twist made with authentic old world cooking techniques and the highest-quality ingredients – housemade pasta specialties, pizzas and flatbreads, steaks, chops and seafood. We invite you to come join our atmosphere under a fun, family-friendly Roman ruin decor.

3825 Edwards Road
Suite 101
Cincinnati, OH 45209

(p) (513) 351-5999 | (f) (513) 351-6999

I am not kidding when I tell you that since the location opened, my family has already been back in just one week!

I was invited to a 3 course lunch with a guest, and we had a reservation at noon. There is parking out in front of the building, and there is also a garage located in the rear of the property. Upon entering, they found our reservation and seated us right away.

So it’s a very open layout with few walls separating the tables, and the kitchen is not in the back but instead right where everyone can see. There are both tables and booths depending on the number in your party and your preference of course. And there was also separate seating at the bar.

The first dish that was brought for us to try was the Crispy Shrimp Napoli. It’s fried shrimp, green onions, charred tomato Napoli sauce. OMG, I will order it as my meal next time!!

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Next was the hot and fresh bread filled with herbs and served with a terrific oil based dipping sauce. I think our table was on the 2nd loaf before our salad and soup came!

Our server was Jared. He was very nice and loved to offer suggestions when we asked him what his favorites were! He made great conversation, answered all of our questions, and made sure we never needed to ask for a refill or have an empty plate sit on our table.

He suggested the Insalata Fresca which is mixed greens, shaved Brussels sprouts, Parmigiano-Reggiano, candied almonds and lemon garlic vinaigrette. I personally like Brussels sprouts, but I’d never had them shaved in my salad before, so we took a risk based on his suggestion. Plus, we ordered the Lobster Bisque soup and we split both dishes (which Jared kindly had the kitchen go ahead and dish in half for us). Here’s what they looked like:

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As if we weren’t already sending shout outs on social media about our new favorite place, but we trusted Jared again when we asked about his favorites for our main dish. His personal favorite is the Sausage Tortelloni which is cheese-filled tortelloni, sweet Italian sausage, pancetta, tomato sauce, crushed red pepper, Mozzarella, and basil. And for my dining partner, they decided on the Grilled Chicken & Vegetable Pasta which has spinach, caramelized onions, tomatoes, roasted peppers, pesto, basil, Feta and Parmesan cheeses.

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I loved the Sausage Tortelloni dish! The pasta was very tender and light, plus there was a slight heat in the sauce but definitely not spicy!! And the Grilled Chicken & Vegetable Pasta dish was amazing and was less than 595 calories. But you should be a fan of basil if you’re ordering this dish! LOL Hard to believe it had so many flavors but still managed to be on the lighter side.

Finally, the best part of any meal…coffee and dessert! The coffee was strong, but delicious and I think it went perfectly with the Tiramisu: Lady fingers, coffee liqueur, Mascarpone, cocoa. Here, let me show you what I mean.

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I’m a grown woman, so I can’t tell you the last time I wanted to lick a plate clean. If I were at home, yeah…no shame. But, since we were in public and enjoying a very nice meal, I had to settle for some fork and spoon scraping while I drank my coffee. Oh, and there’s a chocolate covered espresso bean on top; that probably helps get people moving to their car!

As if these mouth watering items weren’t enough, they have an awesome Brunch menu on the weekends until 3pm, plus they have a special Gluten-Free menu and one for kids as well!

Most locations also offer private dining, catering & large parties, as well as call ahead seating and online ordering!

And don’t forget to follow them on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news and specials!

You can check out the BRAVO! Italian website to find a location near you, and you can also make reservations online or by calling your local restaurant! You will not be disappointed and there is truly something for everyone, whether you want pasta, pizza, steak, sandwiches, seafood or any other Italian meal.
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Disclosure: I was offered a free meal for 2 in exchange for sharing my honest opinion. I was responsible for tip and bar service. All opinions are my own.


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