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Celebrate #NationalPastaMonth at BRAVO Cucina Italiana

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It’s #NationalPastaMonth at BRAVO Cucina Italiana!  From Oct. 3–Oct. 29 guests can enjoy two-course pasta combos for lunch ($14.99) and dinner ($16.99). The offer includes a choice of soup or salad.

BRAVO generously invited me to sample their menu. All opinions expressed herein are my own. 

BRAVO Cucina Italiana

My boyfriend and I headed out to Uptown Albuquerque where BRAVO is set in a cute outdoor mall. We parked about a block away and had a nice stroll across the mall, where music was playing from the light posts. The restaurant itself has an ambiance reminiscent of old Italy. We were immediately greeted by our server and presented with bread and the best dipping sauce I’ve ever had at an Italian restaurant.

The Menu at BRAVO Cucina Italiana

For the pasta combos, you can choose from one of four pastas:

  • Pasta Woozie with grilled chicken, fettuccine, alfredo, and spinach
BRAVO Cucina Italiana

This is one of the best alfredo dishes I’ve ever had. When it comes to alfredo, it’s all about the sauce.

  • Chianti Braised Beef Ravioli featuring Sangiovese braised beef-filled ravioli, roasted sweet potatoes, brown butter, and sage
BRAVO Cucina Italiana

I forgot how delicious this dish was! We had it the last time we dined at BRAVO. The flavors are unlike any other pasta dish I’ve ever tried.

  • Campanelle Mediterranean with sun-dried tomatoes, caramelized onions, mushrooms, spinach, pine nuts, and feta
BRAVO Cucina Italiana

To be honest, I am not a fan of mushrooms. Surprisingly, this dish was delicious even with my dislike of mushrooms. It is a great “lighter” option.

  • Baked Rigatoni Bolognese featuring BRAVO’s signature meat sauce, marinara, Pomodoro, Reggiano, ricotta, mozzarella, and Provolone  
BRAVO Cucina Italiana

You can’t really go wrong when you put several different cheeses in one dish. Another delicious dish! It was so hard for me to pick a favorite.

End the meal with the Pumpkin Butterscotch Bread Pudding, made with vanilla bean gelato, caramel, candied pecans, anglaise, and cinnamon, for $5.99.

BRAVO Cucina Italiana

Be careful not to inhale the cinnamon! LOL This is hands down the best bread pudding I’ve ever had. I hope it stays on the menu.

In addition to a full wine list, guests can savor the flavor of the season with these limited time fall-inspired cocktails:

  • Apple Crisp Cooler  Captain Morgan Spiced Rum, apple juice, Apple Pucker liqueur, apple butter, apple wedge, cinnamon sugar rim ($8.50)
BRAVO Cucina Italiana
  • Caramel Apple Cider Appletini — Captain Morgan Spiced Rum, apple cider, lemon juice, simple syrup, apple slice, caramel and cinnamon sugar rim ($7.95)    

These cocktails tasted just like apple cider and I could drink many of them, which is dangerous. 😉

We will definitely be returning to BRAVO in Uptown Albuquerque, even after National Pasta Month ends!

BRAVO Cucina Italiana Location and Hours

BRAVO Cucina Italiana is located in the Uptown Center off Indian School & Louisiana

2220 Louisiana Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87110

Reservations: (505) 888-1111

Sun-Thu: 11am-10pm
Fri & Sat: 11am-11pm
Weekend Brunch: Saturday & Sunday until 3:00 pm

Happy Hour – Weekdays from 3:30-6:30 in the Bar

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