If you’re looking for an authentic Italian restaurant without the hassle of traveling the packed roadways of Little Italy, Bravo! Cucina Italiana is highly recommended.
The restaurant is located off of Chagrin Boulevard, less than 15 minutes from Notre Dame College.
My first experience with Bravo! was this past Valentine’s Day. I made a reservation at 3:30 pm. for my boyfriend and me.
As I stepped into the restaurant, I immediately relished the atmosphere for a moment. There were pillars where there would normally be walls separating tables. The entire room looked like architecture straight out of Italy. The walls were painted an eggshell white but with a small circle of brick showing through on purpose in several areas. Stepping into Bravo! was like stepping into Italy.
My boyfriend and I were immediately seated at a table next to the window.
We started out with an appetizer called Artichoke & Spinach Formaggio, which was artichoke, spinach and chicken served warm on a Parmesan flat bread. Personally, I don’t care for spinach, but I thought that I would try something new. And I wasn’t disappointed. The combination of flavors was a whirlwind in my mouth. I could taste every flavor separately, but yet they all molded together to create a new flavor as well.
For my dinner, I ordered the Pasta Woozie with an Italian Wedding Soup. The Pasta Woozie is Fettuccine Alfredo, grilled chicken and fresh spinach. The soup contains meatballs, spinach, pasta and cheese. For someone who doesn’t eat spinach normally, I was truly going all out.
First, they brought out my Italian Wedding Soup. I normally don’t care for soup unless it’s any form of broccoli soup, therefore, I had a feeling I wouldn’t like it. Honestly, the soup was the worst part of the experience, and it wasn’t even that bad. It seemed more like vegetable soup with meatballs, and I barely saw any spinach in it. It was kind of disappointing, but at that point I was just eager to try my Pasta Woozie.
I’ve always been a pasta kind of girl. Growing up, I always loved fettuccine.
The next dish was my Fettuccine Alfredo. As I saw it approaching me, I could smell it from the waiter’s hands. There were bright green raw spinach leaves on top, and I could see the steam rising up around the leaves.
For the first bite I took, I made sure to have raw spinach in it. It really wasn’t what I was expecting. I enjoyed the cooked spinach, which was on the appetizer, but the raw spinach wasn’t exactly off-putting, it was just there. Without the spinach, the noodles were cooked perfectly, even though they were limp but not too squishy, and the chicken was seasoned to perfection.
Bravo! Cucina Italiana had an incredible atmosphere, service and cuisine. As much as I would love to keep this restaurant a secret and all to myself, I had to share my astounding experience with others.