BRAVO! Introduces New Spring Dishes, Bar Bites Menu Additions and $5 Weekday Drink Specials



Spring is here, and it’s the perfect time for BRAVO! Cucina Italiana, a BRAVO | BRIO Restaurant Group (NASDAQ: BBRG) concept, to introduce a variety of new menu items, including a special spring menu, new Bar Bites menu additions and $5 weekday drink specials at all of its locations nationwide.

Fresh New Menu Items for Spring

BRAVO’s spring menu, available Tuesday, April 24, includes two new made-to-order pastas: Grilled Vegetable Pasta (Eggplant, red peppers and onions tossed with spaghettini, mushrooms, marinara, Parmigiano-Reggiano and fresh basil); and Lemon Shrimp Florentine Pasta (Sautéed shrimp tossed with tomatoes, Boursin, spinach, Feta and linguine in a light creamy lemon sauce). Other additions include the Crispy Mahi Mahi Wrap (With spicy jicama slaw, farro, lettuce and a charred green onion mayonnaise. Served with a field greens salad); Lemon Chicken & Rosemary Shrimp (Chicken and shrimp marinated in lemon with rosemary, with a sauté of fresh vegetables, farro and orzo topped with an arugula salad and red pepper gastrique); and Citrus Crusted Grilled Mahi Mahi (Topped with a zesty citrus crust served with sautéed fresh vegetables, farro, orzo and lemon butter sauce).

BRAVO! Cucina Italiana Lemon Chicken & Rosemary Shrimp

BRAVO! Cucina Italiana Lemon Chicken & Rosemary Shrimp

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The enticing new items now on BRAVO’s popular Bar Bites menu are excellent choices for those who desire a sample of Italian flavor. The Bar Bites menu is offered every Monday through Friday in the bar area only during designated times in the afternoon/evening/nighttime and features the new standouts Margherita Stuffed Flatbread filled with tomatoes, basil, Fontina and Mozzarella in our crispy flatbread, served with pomodoro sauce; Tomato & Herb Ricotta Fonduta, served bubbling hot with crispy ciabatta; and Caprese Salad, a classic with marinated tomatoes, fresh Mozzarella, basil and a field greens salad. The new items are in addition to a delicious array of Bar Bites favorites.

BRAVO! Cucina Italiana Caprese Salad

BRAVO! Cucina Italiana Caprese Salad

BRAVO! has also added a variety of new $5 drink specials on select wines, housemade sangria and martinis, providing a wonderful complement to any meal. The specials are now available Monday through Friday during Bar Bite menu times. As for vino, Pinot Grigio, Tavolo Matto; Chardonnay, Tavolo Matto; and Rosso, Tavolo Matto; all from Veneto, Italy, are offered for $5 per glass. Housemade sangrias available for $5 by the glass are Sangria Rosa and White Peach Sangria. BRAVO’s $5 martinis are sure to please any martini enthusiast: Martini Classico, Cosmo Classico, Pomegranate Cosmo and Black Raspberry Cosmo. Mojitos featured on the $5 drink special list are Mojito Classico, Mango Mojito and Strawberry Mojito. Availability varies by location.

“We enjoy bringing fresh and delicious items to our menu, and spring is the perfect time to introduce updated flavors and drink specials to our guests,” said BRAVO! Cucina Italiana Director of Marketing, Wendy McReynolds. “Our new menu items celebrate spring, with light dishes, pasta selections mixed with vegetables and fish specialties that are sure to please. We’ve also updated our Bar Bites menu and added a variety of $5 drink specials, offering tremendous value in our bar area.”

BRAVO! Cucina Italiana is an upscale affordable restaurant offering classic Italian food amongst the shadows of Roman ruins. The subtitle “Cucina Italiana” means Italian kitchen, in which all cooking is done in full view of the guest, creating the energy of a live theater. BRAVO’s popular entrees include grilled steaks, chops, and made-to-order pizzas, pastas and house specialties, similar to an authentic ‘ristorante’ in Italy. BRAVO! is part of Columbus-based BRAVO | BRIO Restaurant Group. Founded in 1992, BRAVO | BRIO Restaurant Group currently operates more than 95 restaurants including BRAVO! Cucina Italiana, BRIO Tuscan Grille and Bon Vie Bistro. Please visit the Web site, BravoItalian.com for a list of locations, and to follow the restaurant on Twitter (@bravo_italian) and Facebook (facebook.com/bravoitalian).