Our company party was in the upstairs room at Bricco this past Friday night. The room was perfect for 25. The service was attentive and outstanding in terms of pacing, attitude, and details (in spite of not having the upstairs bar open, requiring them to go up and down frequently).
The food was prepared with obviously very fresh, very high quality ingredients on all fronts -- produce, bread, meats (the Kobe beef and lamb, especially, and above average swordfish), etc.
The cooking was executed well. Meat doneness was as ordered for virtually everyone, and the main courses were hot, fresh, and served simultaneously -- no small feat for a big group with multiple main course options available.
The only downside was that virtually EVERY dish prior to dessert (a delicious bread pudding or expresso chocolate choice) was incredibly UNDERSEASONED -- we thought this was a nouvelle (even "cutting edge"?), northern-Italian type place -- shouldn't there have been distinct flavors of herbs, garlic, or at least deftly-applied salt and pepper? The wild mushroom/spinach/fontina timbale appetizer in particular was a study in blandness.
It's a nice place with nice people taking care of you inside, but at the lofty prices charged, we expected more flavor to be imparted by the kitchen.
The free valet parking was welcome and heavily-used by the group as well -- maybe that's part of the reason for the price levels...
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