Nice nite overall but I think Bricco is kind of overpriced. I've mentioned before that all pastas are over $20 and many entrees were $32-38, I'm not sure it was worth it. We started with a drink in the downstairs wine bar of Via Valverde next door which was very quiet at 7:30. I was going to run upstairs and take a look before my friend got there but the bartender told me that was 'frowned upon'. Okay, I declined his offer to take me upstairs and just got some specially named drink that was kind of like a kir royale ($12, not a cheap nite which thankfully I didn't have to worry about). Friend got a nice red whose name I forgot.
Bricco was quite busy when we got there for our 8PM reservation but cleared out 30 min later when a large party left and was on the quiet side the rest of the nite. Maybe it was just one of those times when people didn't feel like eating in the north end. Everything on the menu looked good, esp. the pastas. Our very nice and efficient waiter answered our menu questions and was knowledgeable about the wines (glasses were actually pretty well priced). The secondary guy was sweet too (gotta love the Italian accents) and brought a great bread basket with a couple different olive oils and bean type spread. Friend started with the mushroom/foie gras strudel ($15), the bite I had was very mushroomy and I didn't notice the f.g. I went with the overpriced zucchini flower app. that I'd heard about. I thought the fry job was a little lacking, mushy in parts, and I'm not sure what was on my plate that was worth $18, it's zucchini for god sake. Unfortunately, their online menu is completely different from last nite's so I can't double check to see if there was some expensive extra that I didn't taste.
I had gnocchi in 3 different styles and a porcini truffle sauce ($26) that was delicious. But it was served in this giant bowl that made it almost seem appetizer sized altho it was very rich and filling. The other entree was lamb which came as a chop, sausage and loin I think ($37). He didn't seem to knocked out by it, my taste was good. He got the chocolate espresso cake and I ended with their famous bread pudding, it's one of the best. My only complaint is that I usually don't like non-sweet things interfering with my sweets, so the salty caramel sauce served with it wasn't a good contrast for me. Altho lighter than most other bread puddings, I had now crossed the too much food line (side note: been eating minimally all week to prepare for a burger/dog/pizza road trip this weekend which will be reported on the NE board if you're curious). It took a good 60-90 min to get back to normal.
So general consensus: good, comfortable place, nice service (and free valet), I'd like to try every one of those pastas (they are offered in appetizer portions but not listed on the menu), but I'd go back to La Morra for more reasonably priced similar food.