Jupiter recently welcomed the addition of a new Italian eatery, one of several restaurants to open in the city's new upscale Harbourside Place shopping center. Bravo! Cucina Italiana opened October 11, the same day as the plaza development's official debut; it is the third Bravo! location in Florida.
The restaurant will provide an Italian touch to Harbourside Place, located at the corner of U.S. 1 and Indiantown Road, which also features a four-star Wyndham Grand Jupiter Hotel, cultural settings, an amphitheater, office space, and a marina. Harbourside Place offers easy access and uninterrupted views of the Intracoastal Waterway.
Bravo! Cucina Italiana is a Bravo-Brio Restaurant Group (BBRG) concept, a Columbus-based company founded in 1992 that currently operates more than 100 restaurants in 33 states and including Bravo!, Brio Tuscan Grille, and Bon Vie Bistro.
The 7,098-square-foot Jupiter restaurant offers indoor seating for 239 guests, a bar that seats 28, and alfresco dining for up to 36 on an Italian-style terrace. A semiprivate dining area will accommodate groups of up to 20. Bravo! also faces the Intracoastal, allowing for views of the dock and the waterway.
The interior decor is meant to evoke the ambiance of ancient Rome's temple ruins. It features arched colonnades, broken columns, authentic Italian reliefs, handcrafted walls covered in antique Venetian plaster, Arabescato marble imported from Italy, a pizza bar at the entrance, and large wrought-iron chandeliers.
The menu -- what is considered class Italian fare served in a polished, casual atmosphere -- will be executed by executive chef Cliff Law, who joined the company in 2007 as a pasta chef at Bravo! in Rochester Hills, Michigan. After a few years' hiatus, Law relocated to Florida and began working at Brio in Pembroke Pines and later opened Brio at the Shops at Boca Center in Boca Raton. He also assisted openings of Brio at CityPlace in West Palm Beach and Jacksonville.
Bravo!'s subtitle -- cucina Italiana -- is reference to the fact that all cooking is done in full view of the guest. Bravo!'s most popular entrées include grilled steaks, chops, and fresh seafood as well as flatbreads, pizzas, and salads. A few menu items at Bravo! at Harbourside Place include crispy shrimp Napoli, mama's lasagna Bolognese, and pasta Bravo! A new menu section dubbed "Lighter Side of Rome" offers several options at 595 calories or fewer.
Additional offerings at Bravo! are available on the weekends from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with a special bar bites menu starting at $3.95, with dishes like beef carpaccio and pulled pork sliders. Available at the bar only, it's offered Monday to Friday from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. and Monday to Thursday from 9 p.m. until closing. The restaurant will also offer $7.95 lunch specials on weekdays until 3 p.m., a gluten-free menu, a special children's menu, family-style pans to go for off-site catered special events and business occasions, and online ordering.
The Harbourside Place plaza will also be home to BurgerFi, Another Broken Egg, Coffee Culture Cafe & Eatery, Too Bizaare, and Deep Blu Seafood Grille.
Bravo! is open seven days a week in Harbourside Place, at 149 Soundings Ave., Jupiter. Visit bravoitalian.com, or call 561-747-4445.
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