Some years ago I discovered Bravo Franco quite by chance--a theatre outing brought me to Pittsburgh without dinner plans and as I walked down Penn Ave., the view from the restaurant window beckoned. Without reservations on a busy theatre night, there was no chance of a table, but a seat at the bar was available, and there I slid into a warm, congenial setting, the memory of which lingered for a number of years. Returning to Pittsburgh for a conference, I was delighted to learn that Bravo Franco was close by and "my" seat in the bar was still available.The bartender, hostess, and wait staff were extremely gracious and welcoming--attentive with an easy courtesy, but never hovering. The dinner was a three-course affair--an exquisitely prepared martini with classic aridity, a wonderful salad with the house balsamic dressing with fresh blue cheese and fresh pepper (the balsamic did not overwhelm, as so often seems to be the case), and a course of zitti with tomato-basil sauce. The latter was not extraordinary, and the price might lead you to expect that it would be, but the total effect of the meal was very satisfying. And I love the setting . . . will surely return!
412 Perry HwyPittsburgh, PA 15229
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11. Cucina Vitale
Wow is this food amazing. They make almost everything in house... Mozzarella, pasta, ravioli, meatballs, sauces, oh and did I mention the tiramisu..…
6600 Robinson Center DrPittsburgh, PA 15205
We used to love this place. The first time we ventured in there in early 2008 we had lunch and the sauce was amazing as was the garlic bread. So las…
After a disappointing dinner at a different Italian restaurant a couple of weeks earlier, my wife and I decided to try Bravo Franco on Penn Ave. I must say, it was a very good choice. I had the Linguini Pescatoria and my wife had the Bowties and Salmon. To say the least......both were excellent! Our server was very knowledgeable on the preparation of the food. Greatly appreciated when there are so many choices. Nice change from those servers that think that taking your order and bringing the food out from the kitchen is worth 15%.The food was wonderful, the service was great and the prices reasonable. Kudo's to the gang at Bravo Franco! And......A special thanks to Carol for treating us so nice........we'll bring friends the next time Carol!!A tip to first timers......if you're not going to one of the shows, you'll miss the crowd if you plan on dining after 8:00 p.m. The place is very busy on show nights.
Carol the Hostess was quite pleasant and genuinely appreciated our business.. then dinner... Our waiter was clueless... we arrived just as the theater crowd was leaving and there were 4 wait staff for just 3 tables of guests, the rest of the evening and service was poor at best. The waiter wanted to take our food order before he brought us drinks which had been sitting at the bar for a quite a while. Overall food quality about what you would expect at a cheep wedding.. Waiter asked if I wanted soup or salad, and potato or pasta. I said salad and pasta. Could I have Pasta ala olio? I got dried out pasta with red sauce and the salad had brown spots. He of course disappeared after that. My wine on the menu was $8. on the bill it was $10 and he charged me $8 for the pasta??? will not go back
I went with my husband to get lunch at Bravo Franco on a wednesday. As expected, it was almost empty due to the time and day of the week. The place itself looks very fancy and well decorated but as far as I know they don't have a dress code.We started with mussels in marinara sauce and they were the best I've tried so far. Then, I had chicken marsala and a house salad, both were excellent. My husband had a pasta entrée with meat sauce and He absolutely loved it.We finished with a tiramisu, very soft and not too sweet, I really liked it.The only thing I didn't like was that our waitress forgot to bring bread to the table and we had to ask for it. She also forgot to give us/offer cheese for the entréesGood experience overall
Our family was going to an event in the Cultural district and needed to make reservations for dinner before the show, we picked a winner. We were greeted with smiles and cordiality. Each of our meals were excellent. Our waitress, Sharon, is one of the best we have encountered in an age! She gave us suggestions, you could tell she knew the menu well and was so competent as to refill water, ask frequently about the meals and enquire if we needed anything additional. What a delightful evening it was. Great food, great service and all you could ask for in a restaurant. I hope we were not lucky and will go again soon.
We are from Florida and after sitting at Heinz field all day in 45 degrees we wanted a pasta dinner and a glass of good red wine! By chance we passed Bravo Franco and stopped in to review the menu, we liked what we saw and made a reservation for a few hours later. Upon returning the restaurant was quiet as it was Sunday evening and they were closing shortly. This did not hamper the service nor the quality of our meal, it was exactly what a group of cold Floridian's were looking for....the soups were delicious and the pasta was excellent and cooked perfect. Great spur of the moment find!
We stopped in for dinner on our way to a show at the CLO. The staff was great. Jenna, our server, was attentive at the right time. Not intrusive, not doting, her timing was great. She was very friendly and took great care of us. I had chicken parm, my wife had a pasta dish and we shared an appetizer of the fried cheese. First things first: the appetizer arrived timely and was wonderful. The salad followed soon after, but not too soon. Then the entree after that. The chicken in my entree was fantastic!Timing was great. We didn't feel at all rushed, nor did we wait. We will be back!
Wow is this food amazing. They make almost everything in house... Mozzarella, pasta, ravioli, meatballs, sauces, oh and did I mention the tiramisu... Everything that my fiancé' and I had when we went to Cucina Vitale was AMAZING! The service was great and it's BYOB so we got to enjoy more of the menu instead of worrying about a $100 bottle of wine. From a romantic date, to a family style gathering, I would recommend this restaurant to anyone wanting to go somewhere new. Plus the owner is also the chef, so you know the food coming out of the kitchen is always going to be on point.
Surprisingly Great. What a surprise. We decided to go after a show sunday evening. Walked passed it many times but went in on a whim today. It was a nice day so we were able to sit outside and the waitress was very attentive. The food had really good flavor. the portions are large, and we took half home. A few weeks later, we decided to stop in again. This time trying an appitizer. Again everything tasted great, and I could not have asked for better service.
Ordered Chicken Parmesan for $17.95 which was served with nothing else other than a small amount of pasta that needed more sauce, and a cola and my bill totaled slightly over $25 with a tip. And we left still hungry. The food was good but not fantastic. This is an Italian restaurant but if you want bread with your meal you have to pay extra for it. What? Want a salad? Gotta pay extra for that too. Sorry but overpriced and will not return.