Review: Bravo! Cucina ItalianaAuthor: WIBIA | Filed under: Food Reviews, Location: Indianapolis, IN
Bravo! Cucina Italiana
2658 Lake Circle Drive
Indianapolis, Indiana 46268
When I first arrived in the Capitol City, there where a lot of places that I thought were pretty good. Then I got a clue. Bravo! was on that list. I have had a good amount of business lunches at Bravo, but it has been about three years since I have graced the doors. Good or bad, not a lot has changed. Same decor and the menu still falls in between the we want you to think think that we are more sophisticated than Olive Garden, but were not quite authentic.
When of my girlfriend’s students gave her a gift card and when I was too lazy to make something, we decided to give it a try. On a Friday night at 7:00, it was packed with only one or two empty tables. Service was efficient and totally on it. The food was a different story.
What I Ate: Mama’s Lasagna Bolognese; $17.49. Girlfriend: Shrimp Fra Diavolo Campanelle; $17.79.
They brought bread and oil. The oil was infused with something that was a little sweet for my taste and I couldn’t put my finger on it. The bread could not have been homemade as it had that previously frozen taste to it. It wasn’t horrible, but nothing to talk about.
The lasagna is a huge portion with half red sauce and half bolognese. At the first bite, there was a good amount of meat and ricotta in the lasagna. There were a lot of carrots, which I like in my red sauce. What I love about lasagna is a lot of small layers with thin pasta and cheese and a big scoop of meat sauce on top. The problem here is that there were only one or two layers. It was stuffed with too much meat and cheese and didn’t pay proper respect to the pasta. Also, I can’t imagine that this is actually homemade. To be honest, it wasn’t a lot better than the kind that you can get at Costco in the freezer case.
The Shrimp Fra Diavolo fared slightly better. The spicy tomato cream sauce should be called zesty, it didn’t have a lot of kick to it. There were a good amount of shrimp, but it lacked anything else. I could’ve used some veggies or a variation in consistency as it was just pasta, sauce and shrimp.
Would I Buy It Again? No. For $50, I thought that it was uninspiring and the quality didn’t meet the price point. It is better than Olive Garden, but I can’t find a lot of other good things to say about it. If I set the bar at, is this better than what I can make at home, then I don’t think so. Considering the place was packed, there must be something that I am missing.