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Restaurant Review: BraVo!

BRAVO! has been open since 1987 making it a Kalamazoo staple. They offer fresh, Tuscan inspired cuisine. It’s a place I have been to many times before and have never had a bad meal!

We walked in on a weekday evening for dinner and were greeted by a friendly hostess who immediately showed us to a table in the dining area. The dining room is large and centered around a large wood fired pizza oven. The décor and lighting are warm and welcoming and the large fireplace adds to the cozy ambiance.

Soon after being seated, our wonderful server came to take our drink order. Bravo! brews their own beer, so I went ahead and ordered their PRIZED PORTER, which was delicious! We decided to start with the CALAMARI, which our server brought to the table very quickly, along with a bread basket.

The calamari was good. A lot of times calamari is overcooked or rubbery, but these were neither. They were small, but there were a lot of them so that was just fine. The tomato pepperoncini salsa that came with it was a wonderful accompaniment. The bread was soft, fluffy and very flavorful.

Next out were our entrees. I ordered the SPICED PLANK SALMON. They placed a plate down in front of me that held a tomato basil risotto, asparagus and two large scallops. I was confused at first because the salmon wasn’t on the plate. But then the server plated my salmon on top of the risotto. It was a beautiful presentation.

The flavors were wonderful together! Overall the meal was very good. I thoroughly enjoyed it. My only critique (and I’m getting nitpicky here) would be that while the scallops were cooked perfectly, they were a little on the salty side. The salmon’s spices were great, but the fish itself was just a tad overcooked. The risotto was perfect.

My dinner companion ordered the ITALIAN MEATS PIZZA which had tomato sauce, prosciutto, capicola, pepperoni, fresh mozzarella, and parmesan. It looked like something you would get in Italy! He was very excited at how it was full of some of his favorite meats. The pizza wasn’t heavy on the sauce, which enabled the meat to be the star of the pizza. He also commented on how yummy the crunchy crust was. His one and only critique was that the pizza could have been cooked just a tad longer.

We decided to really go for it and order desserts. He chose the OREO CHEESECAKE, and I decided on the CLASSIC TIRAMISU. My Tiramisu was the best I have had in this area. It was light, creamy and had just a hint of the coffee flavor that I love. My companion was overwhelmed by his delicious cheesecake and practically licked his plate clean. We both agreed that the presentation of the desserts was some of the best we had seen.

One of the most impressive things about our night at Bravo! was the service. They were always professional, often suggesting menu items or telling us their favorites. They would do this in a way that wasn’t pretentious but made us feel taken care of. When we would finish a course, they would clear our table, and replace our silverware quickly with a clean set. They refilled our waters constantly and never made us wait long for anything. They definitely went above and beyond to make sure we had a great experience at their restaurant, and we did!

The food at Bravo! is delicious. You can’t go wrong with any of their menu items. If you are looking for a meal that you are guaranteed to love, Bravo! is the place for you!

Elizabeth Buckley is a hairstylist by day and 24/7 food enthusiast. She visits restaurants in the Kalamazoo area and blogs about her experience at feedmekzoo.com

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