The other day I headed to check the mail in my post office box.
I normally check it about once a week but it had been closer to a week and a half or more since I had had the chance to get over there. It’s just been that kind of January – you know what I mean?
So anyways, my son ran in, grabbed the huge pile of mail and then proceeded to thumb through it all when I saw this out of the corner of my eye. (Note, I no longer live in Huntsville, please see my contact page for my correct address.)
First of all, I was amazed that it even got to me, because the zipcode was wrong. (We have a history of our post office sending back mail that is addressed correctly, so it was amusing that they gave us mail with a typo.)
Secondly – it was addressed to “local blogger” and I noticed it was from “Bravo!” – which was a new restaurant that has been being built over near the new Belk at Bridge Street Town Centre here in Huntsville. I knew it was close to being opened, so seeing this envelope from them certainly piqued my interest. I opened it up to find an invitation inside to come and enjoy a three course meal for two. The only problem, was I had missed the RSVP date. I thought I would give them a call anyways, I mean the worst they could say was no, right? Well, so glad I did because I was informed by the friendly voice on the other end, that there was a slot that evening if I would like to come. Heck yeah!
So my husband and I went on a spur of the moment date night to try out the Italian fare.
We were greeted at the door and immediately taken to our table in the center of the restaurant. The restaurant was filled with others there to enjoy the atmosphere and food while allowing the staff to do a few practice runs in preparation for their official grand opening later this week.
Our server, Laurel, was extremely friendly and already knowledgeable about the dishes that would be offered by the restaurant.
The first thing that was brought out to us was a lovely caprese salad that my husband and I shared. It was beautiful and fresh.
After we had ordered our entrées, I took a moment to walk around the restaurant and grabbed just a couple photos. I didn’t want to disturb the other diners or get in the way of the staff. One of the things that I noticed was the open kitchen – you can see all of the dishes being made right there. I love it when restaurants have that. It creates a show-like atmosphere, with a sense of “honest” food. At least that is how I look at it.
One of the features that caught my eye was the beautiful oven over in the corner. I love the atmosphere of the restaurant. Elegant, but not presumptuous.
Back to the table. A few minutes after I sat back down, our soups were brought out. I had chosen the classic Italian Wedding Soup, and my husband chose their Lobster bisque. Both were hits.
The wedding soup didn’t skimp on the meatballs, so it was hearty as well as satisfying.
Jeff’s lobster bisque was super creamy and flavorful. He took one bite, and told me that I had to try it.
On to the entrées…
I chose the Chicken Scaloppini – sautéed chicken, roasted Portobello mushrooms, provolone, lemon caper butter sauce, feta, tomatoes, herb linguine. It was absolutely divine.
Jeff chose the Spicy Scallop Marinara – bay scallops, angel hair, basil, onions, artichokes, spinach, pesto bread crumbs, spicy tomato sauce. At about his second bite, he chuckled and said, “This is just stupid!” (A compliment usually reserved for my cooking. Ahem.)
Both of us enjoyed our meals so much that we had to make ourselves stop eating to save room for the dessert that was yet to come. And what were we treated to?
A dessert very fitting for an Italian restaurant – classic Tiramisu. Oh my word, it was light as air, creamy and sublime. Now that is a Tiramisu!
I finished off my meal with a cappuccino…a very good cappuccino. I didn’t even need to add sugar – which is the norm for me.
At the end of the meal, Laurel brought out our bill. We were guests this evening, so all of the food was treated to us, we only paid for my glass of wine. She also brought us a copy of what we would have paid for the entire thing. I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised – it was much lower than I would have thought.
We are truly looking forward to coming back with friends in the near future.
Bravo! Cucina Italiana in Huntsville has their ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, January 29th, 2015 at 10:30 am. Afterwards they will officially open with lunch that very day.
You can find out more and see their menu online here.