Last night I was treated to a wonderful meal at Bricco in the theater district downtown. We did not have reservations but had heard, rightfully so, that they maintain a few tables to be first come first serve and we were seated after sitting for about 15 minutes at the bar. (We arrived at approximately 5:45pm) Their menu is rather extensive with a nice sized appetizer section, several types of pizza, a few salads, a large pasta section and, their entrees. The interior was split into three sections- one side had table cloths and a bit more of an upscale vibe. In the middle was the bar area, and on the other side was a slightly more casual area where we sat. The tables were some sort of brushed aluminum, and it still had a very nice atmosphere.
Our server was very prompt and helpful. After we ordered she brought us a basket of bread and butter. This is the one place during the meal I was disappointed. The bread did not seem fresh and was a bit heavy for my taste. Finally our meals came. I had ordered the grilled sirloin steak. It was supposed to come with a smoked mozzarella potato cake, in addition to a sesame truffle vinaigrette and fresh vegetable- but as I'm allergic to dairy I asked for the potato cake to be substituted. The waitress suggested substituting with orzo, which I'd never had, and I agreed to try it. I'm so glad I did. The orzo was prepared plainly with just a little butter or olive oil and was delicious. My steak was a very nice size and was prepared a perfect medium rare as ordered. I even ate a few of my green beans, the fresh vegetable of the day, which were nice and crisp and sprinkled with sea salt.
My generous dinner date ordered the grilled maple glazed center cut pork chop with a sweet potato risotto cake and fresh vegetable, much to my chagrin. (Pigs are my favorite animal- so I rarely consume them!) He said that it was very good and commented that the maple glaze made him feel like he was eating breakfast. He also ordered the half wedge salad and enjoyed that as well.
After eating at Bricco we both agreed we would gladly return. It was the perfect spot for a nice date. Immediately after dinner we headed to the Hanna Theater for a show- a review of which is forthcoming!