Today’s post is a restaurant post, but it does not feature some quaint little one-of-a-kind restaurant nestled in the hills of Tennessee. In fact, this restaurant is a part of a chain of restaurants scattered all throughout the United States, but there aren’t quite as many as the ever abundant Olive Gardens. In order for my family and I to eat at Bravo Italian Cucina, we have to drive almost two hours to Knoxville, Tennessee. But I tell ya; it’s worth it! I’ve had some good Italian food in my life (I’ve even spent three weeks in Italy!) but the food at Bravo is quite possibly the best around.
On this particular sunny day in March, I was here with my parents and my Nana. The menu offers a variety of options and I took my time perusing it.
While I perused, the server brought a basket of the tastiest, softest, most delectable bread to dip in olive oil and herbs. We all had to refrain from eating the entire loaf individually. When we did order, I selected the special of the day, which was Pesto Chicken and Pasta.
It was a Heavenly mix of garlicky, buttery spaghetti noodles, Roma tomatoes, basil and pesto, and tender pieces of chicken topped with freshly grated Parmesan. It also came with a salad which my Nana and I split:
It is a chopped salad which includes bacon and cheese in a creamy homemade Italian dressing. Yum! Nana got the lasagna, which is probably the closest thing I’ve tasted to the lasagna I had in Rome.
Mom got spaghetti bolognese (to die for!)
And dad got the Pasta Bravo, the restaurant’s signature dish, which is rigatoni tossed in a creamy red pepper sauce with mushrooms and chicken.
You can definitely say I enjoyed my meal as I cleaned my plate:
Bravo, and everything about it, certainly gets 5/5 herbs in my book! Check out their website to find a location near you.
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