BRAVO! Italian Restaurant Review & Specials

Yesterday I had the opportunity to visit BRAVO! Cucina Italiana restaurant at Zona Rosa in Kansas City. It was a media dine so I received a complimentary meal. I invited my mom to tag along so we could try the different menu items for their 50 percent off deal starting this Sunday. BRAVO did not disappoint with their offerings of classic Italian food!

BRAVO Italiana restaurant

Upon arrival at the “polished casual” restaurant, amongst the shadows of Roman ruins, I noticed the gorgeous dining and decor. We were greeted by a very nice hostess. They had our table ready and after we were seated we were quickly welcomed by our server, Wyatt. He was amazing and we learned he had been with BRAVO for nine years! He told us about the specials and BRAVO’s offerings for their upcoming special.

BRAVO Italiana restaurant

We ordered the Crispy Mozzarella Ravioli Appetizer, fried ravioli stuffed with mozzarella, to start. It is served with creamy horseradish and Pomodoro sauces for dipping.

Crispy Mozzarella Ravioli

This dish is offered all day for $5.50. Absolutely delicious and one of my favorite items!

Crispy Mozzarella Ravioli

Wyatt followed up our appetizer with the BRAVO! Chopped Salad – chopped greens, cucumbers, red onions, tomatoes, olives, Feta and a red wine vinaigrette.

Italian Chopped Salad

And now it was time for our entrées! We chose two ravioli items, the Lobster Ravioli Alla Vodka and Braised Beef Ravioli. The Lobster Ravioli Alla Vodka, a BRAVO! favorite, is a delicious ravioli stuffed with lobster, covered with sauteed shrimp, tomato cream sauce and pesto bread crumbs.

Lobster Ravioli Alla Vodka

This dish is offered at lunch for $7.50 (normally priced at $14.99) and as a dinner entrée for $9.50 (normally priced at $18.99).

The Braised Beef Ravioli, normally brought back through the winter months, is Chianti braised beef ravioli with sweet potatoes, fresh sage and a champagne brown butter sauce. Guests can enjoy this dish at lunch for $7 (normally priced at $13.99) and as a dinner entrée for $8 (normally priced at $15.99). We shared our entrées and both were ah-mazing! Our favorite was the Braised Beef Ravioli! The sweetness of the sweet potatoes nicely complemented the braised beef.

Braised Beef Ravioli

Another entrée on special for ravioli days is the Cheese Ravioli & Insalata, a half order of Pesto- and Ricotta-filled ravioli with Alfredo, pesto and tomato sauce and a choice of Caesar, Chopped or Della Casa salad available at lunch for $6 (normally priced at $11.99).

Right when we thought our bellies could take no more filling, Wyatt came to our table side to present their dessert selections. OH. MY. HEAVENS! So many choices!

BRAVO Italian Desserts

I chose the Torta de Chocolata and my mom chose the Petite Vanilla Bean Creme Brulee.

Torta de Chocolata

Absolutely mouth watering! I don’t care how full you feel after your entrée, you must try one of their dessert selections!

Vanilla Bean Creme Brulee

BRAVO Italiana restaurant

Don’t forget to have your server sign you up for a my BRAVO! loyalty rewards card while you’re there! Wyatt signed us up right at the table!

my BRAVO! loyalty rewards card

Wyatt was an outstanding server and we learned that he is also a musician when he’s not delighting guests at BRAVO. Be sure you watch out for singer/songwriter Wyatt Brewer! Check out the video and music he created below:

Enjoy these specials at BRAVO! Cucina Italiana or BRIO Tuscan Grille locations.

Please visit the Web site, for a list of locations, and to follow the restaurant on Twitter (@bravo_italian) and Facebook (

Reservations are highly suggested and can be made online by visiting For a list of locations, please visit The National Ravioli Day celebration excludes large pans, appetizers and the Children’s Menu.


BRAVO! Italian Restaurant Review & Specials

Melanie Kampman

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  1. Ohh would love to check out that restaurant! They take the name “Bravo” seriously, looks like a 5 star service and food to me. Thank you for sharing!

  2. The food looks delicious. And, the restaurant is lovely. Unfortunately, the closest location to me is about 100 miles away.

  3. Wow! all of this looks so amazing. I hope I get to go there one day to check it out for myself

  4. Their food looks so good. We do not have a good Italian food restaurant in our town. We have to travel to find one.

  5. Dang those plates had my mouth watering, but the desert tray made me just about have a heart attack! Yummmy! All of it looked delicious!

  6. These dishes look delicious! Too bad we don’t have a Bravo! anywhere near where I live. 🙁

  7. There’s a Bravo about 45 minutes from me so it’s a real treat when I can get over there. These pictures make me want to go soon.

  8. That creme brulee looks incredible and I LOVE the fabric detailing on the ceiling by the entrance. Wonderful!

  9. I’m Italian ,this food looks beyond delicious and its well presented,I’d love to try some.

  10. Wow! The Crispy Mozzarella Ravioli Appetizer looks so good. I have always wanted to make something like that at home, but I’m not the best cook.

  11. I believe there’s one on the north side of Chicago. I’ll have to try it the next time we’re in that area (most of our time is spent downtown or in the west suburbs).

  12. Ceasar salad looks so yummy I am eating one right now. Sounds good and I hope they open one in my area soon

  13. This restaurant looks beautiful and the food amazing. I am so glad you got to share this with your mother. I really enjoyed your article. Thank you for sharing

  14. Wow! Just amazing atmosphere, almost like being in Italy. Very classy restaurant and the food looks so

  15. How neat! That place looks amazing, my husband and daughter are all about the seafood, I’ll just take some dessert please.

  16. Wow– I would have been full halfway through the first course! :p Looks like you had a great experience, and caught some great deals. A little comment on something I noticed in one of the photos: One element of the decor that I like is actually suspended from the ceiling! I like the white textiles (not sure on the term?) draped sort of canopy-style. It kind of reminds me of a wedding reception or banquet, and I think it’s a neat little touch. Thanks for the review!

  17. This looks like a very nice restaurant. The food looks delicious! Thanks for a great post!

  18. That restaurant looks beautiful and the food is making me crave Italian. I am going to see if there is one in my area.

  19. This place looks wonderful! I wouldn’t mind going there for a bite to eat with hubby.

  20. I’ve never even heard of this place. But we don’t have a lot of the great food places like this one. The mozzarella sticks look absolutely delicious!

  21. The desserts at BRAVO! Cucina Italiana, especially the Layered Chocolate Cake, sound amazing!

  22. Yum our family love Italian food especially my husband, and I am a big salad lover and my son that salad sure does look mighty delicious!

  23. Oh yum! will have to look if we have one around us, we love Italian food and our anniversary is coming up

  24. Their food looks so amazing. I was pleased to learn that they have a restaurant in our area. I’m hoping to get to try their food real soon.

  25. Wow! Everything is displayed so beautiful and looks so tasty! The prices are reasonable as well!

  26. I have only been to Kansas City once but I know where I would like to eat if I ever get an opportunity to go again.

  27. Looks tasty! I don’t have a location near me and I have to avoid wheat but I love their menu.

  28. Yum what a great review. This all looks so good to eat and like a wonderful place to visit and eat with friends and family.

  29. I made the mistake of going to Bravo on Easter Sunday without a reservation…I don’t really know what I was thinking! But I do love Bravo, and I’m excited to go back on a “regular” day so that I can write a review. I’ve had the crispy mozzarella before, and it is divine. I never make it as far as desserts though! Thanks for a wonderful review

  30. That looks delicious. Reminds me so much of a place my husband used to go when we were first married (we’ve since moved). So yummy!!

  31. What a delicious looking meal! The desserts look like they are worth the entire trip! Yum!

  32. Just beautiful decor! We do not have enough Italian places to eat around where I live. The Crispy Mozzarella Ravioli Appetizer looks so amazing, I can almost taste it!

  33. I love Italian food! Of for some tonight so will keep all of this in mind 🙂 Thanks!

  34. I have never eaten fresh ravioli but it looks divine. Italian desserts are up there with the best in the world. Give mr Italian food over French anytime. Sammie

  35. The Torta de Chocolata looks divine! I can almost taste it. I’ve never really been to a “fancy” restaurant. Someday.

  36. I love Bravo and I’ve never eaten anything there that was bad! My kids love the pizza on the kids menu and it’s as big as an adult pizza so we always bring some home!

  37. Those meals look so delicious. Never been to their place for a meal.
    slehan at juno dot com

  38. I wish we had one of these nearby. The food looks amazing and love the architecture of the building.

  39. I wish I lived near this restaurant!!! The food looks outstandingly delicious. Of all those tasty dishes mentioned I keep going back to the fried mozzarella ravioli. Oh, my gosh!

  40. This looks like a lovely place to visit to relax and grab a bite with friends and family. I love the style
    of this place.

  41. I have been craving a creme brulee for the LONGEST time! I shouldn’t have read this post, now I’m imagining one with a strawberry on top…

  42. Looks good. They have lots of options. Love their salad and that oil and bread they bring out is delicious.

  43. I want to take a trip to kansas city just to try this restaurant! It sounds and looks dleicious!

  44. Even the salad looks delicious! I love adding Feta cheese to salads. It’s so good!

  45. Yum! I love Italian food, I could eat it every day! This restaurant sounds amazing, I will definitely have to check it out! 🙂

  46. Everything looks so good and when I went to their website they had so many delicious sounding meals!

  47. Oh gosh! That Crispy Mozzarella Ravioli Appetizer looks fantastic! And the prices are not bad.

  48. I haven’t had Italian food in so long, I love it but my husband does not care for it.

  49. Oh my goodness gracious delicious food! That restaurant looks absolutely beautiful and just looking at that food has me salivating! I haven’t had good Italian food in quite awhile and from those pictures, that’s grade A Italian cuisine 😀

  50. Italian food is the best, I ave been playing Super Mario 3D world with my daughter and all I want is something Italian right now.

  51. I love dining in this restaurant with family & friends. All their food are unique & super plus the serving are so generous. Very affordable, friendly people & delicious foods

  52. We’ve never ate there but the restaurant looks amazing & the food does too. I just won a gift card from the. On Twitter the other day so that’s going to assist me in being able to try them out the next time we are on vacation & bravos is near.

  53. Itthe restaurant is a little too far to get to but I have friends who live in the area and will definitely share about eating here.

  54. The food looks so delicious and those desserts are making my mouth water. I checked their locations and unfortunately they are not in my area. But, I found one near my sister, so when I visit her we’ll try them.

  55. Looks very nice.Do not like sweets so that would be an out!Love the idea of horseradish dip though!

  56. Ooh la la!
    Great pics, and the restaurant looks very classy and upscale but with more affordable prices. Dessert looks very professional. My mother is going to take a trip to Italy this summer (she’s retired and can’t wait). Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  57. All I can say is “YUM”!! This restaurant sounds amazing, but we don’t have one. What a shame, right? Your pics looks good enough to eat!

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