The Chianti Braised Beef Ravioli ($12.99) were our favorite, not just for the incredibly soft pasta surrounding neatly shredded and strongly flavored beef bits but for the deliciously paired cubes of sweet potatoes that had been sautéed with sage and brown butter. The balance between the sweetness in the potatoes and the saltiness of their preparation gave good balance overall, and the dish reached not only a level of sophistication but a great number on the comfort food index as well.
We were shocked over the size of the kids meal pizzas. For $4.50, we were expecting something in the five to six inch range. Instead a 10” round of cheese pizza was delivered to the table. Other nearby tables with children shared the shock, especially the one with four kids right next to us. Quite massive -- and if you look at the deals offered by the big pizza chains, quite competitive.
Our indecisive party ended up deciding on the Tres Dolci plate instead of a single dessert, the reasoning being that smaller desserts might not explode us. We were intrigued by the slightly maple taste to the otherwise average tiramisu, and pleased by the almost-too-sweet chocolate cake topped with vanilla gelato. But it was the Berry Cake that made us the happiest. Light sponge cake dotted with raspberries and blackberries with more of that gelato on top made a great ending to an almost perfect meal.
Mind you, it wasn’t a cheap meal. Dinner for two ran in the $70 range. For those on a budget, after scanning the menu and finding many of the same favorites there we’d encourage you to try Bravo Cucina Italiana out for lunch.
You'll find Bravo Cucina Italiana at 17815 Chenal Parkway (in the Promenade at Chenal). It's open Sunday-Thursday 11 a.m.-10 p.m and, Friday ad Saturday 11 a.m.-11 p.m. (501) 821-2485 or check out the website.