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Nice place to go! [Bravo! Cucina Italiana]

cheflynnie | Jan 13, 201201:59 PM

I'm usually a tough critic when it comes to dining out, but I have only nice things to say about Bravo!, the new Italian restaurant next to the Cheesecake Factory at the Willow Grove Mall, in Willow Grove, PA. Although I suspect it's a "chain restaurant" (like C.F.), it was actually very nice. The decor is lovely, warm colors with what appears to be high-end finishes. The staff and wait service was extremely nice. And the food was good. Granted, how hard can it be to mess up pasta, but I had Pasta Fra Diablo (spicy pasta) with shrimp. There were plenty of shrimp on my plate and they were cooked perfectly. I started with a Cesaer salad which was quite good, and the pasta was a hit. Wednesdays is "$5 martini night" so it was nice to start off the meal with a reasonably priced cocktail. It's an open-environment, including being able to see into the kitchen. Although it should be loud, I personally didn't find it overly loud in the restaurant. Maybe because it wasn't crowded the other night. Or maybe the high ceilings and drapes helped to buffer the noise. Regardless, it was a nice night out.

So you're asking yourself - if I liked this so much, why did I not give it a 5-star? Well, that's a good question and one I cannot answer. I have to be totally blown away by a restaurant to earn my 5-stars. There's only one place so far that has done that, and that's in Stowe, VT. I would definitely return to this restaurant again, whether it's with girlfriends, the hubby, or family. It's nice to have a new place to go in town. Now only if we can get some good BYOB's in the Willow Grove area.....

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