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Cafe Bravo for V-Day Dinner

triggs73 Feb 15, 2009 04:10 PM

I was reading last weeks column in the NH Register about places doing Prix Fix for Valentines Day trying to get some ideas. Decided on Cafe Bravo. $40 for 4 courses including a glass of wine, which was good, Prosecco starter and coffee. Menu was either the Prix or a selection of specials for that night only. We had a 9 PM reservation and when we walked in, the place was still packed. Good sign considering the times we are in. My lovely better half started with the Arugala salad with pears, gorgonzola and walnuts. I had seared jumbo scallops wrapped with pancetta which were very tender and delicious way to start. Moved on to the pasta dish... we had the rigatoni with butternut squash and sage. Absolutely delicious! I wish I could have had more. Main...Mrs. had the chicken breast with ginger coating which was very tasty. I had the snapper with roated vegetables. Ended with a slice of Pumpkin cheesecake and a cappuccino. What a great night. We left just after 10:30 and people were still coming in. We walked out not stuffed, but pleasantly full. My one and only complaint was that the tables were packed in too tight. I'm a big guy and like a little bit of room between my gut and the table...anticipating the fill up! But, overall the price, quantity and quality of the food was excellent. I will be back just to get some of their fried calamari which was not on the menu for this night. I love supporting this little neighborhood gem. Anyone else go anywhere?

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  1. Scargod RE: triggs73 May 30, 2009 07:35 AM

    I have noticed this place several times, but have never stopped. Its food is supposed to have an Italian-America theme?
    Is it still BYOB? I notice it has a few outdoor tables. Isn't it a small place?
    Three years ago "The Menu" seemed to think it was just above average and said it had a cult-like following. Has it changed any?

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      triggs73 RE: Scargod May 30, 2009 12:04 PM

      I never thought to ask if it was a BYOB. Food is spectacular. Small, but attentive.

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        acervoni RE: Scargod Jun 2, 2009 08:20 PM

        We go whenever we are in New Haven which is about once every 3 months. Love this place! The eggplant parm is my favorite. We also get the broccoli rabe with sausage as an app. YUMMY! They do have a wine list now but the prices on some of the bottles is very reasonable. We like sitting outside during the warm weather. There is a lot of activity and great people watching.

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          triggs73 RE: acervoni Jun 3, 2009 07:24 AM

          I haven't had the broc rabe in a long time, but I remember it being ohh soo delicious.

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            acervoni RE: triggs73 Jul 7, 2009 03:18 PM

            It really is. I can't wait to go back!

        2. re: Scargod
          wudz RE: Scargod Aug 16, 2009 04:56 AM

          If they're selling wine, BYOB may be gone unless thay charge corkage? Anybody know?

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