One of the great simple pleasures of traveling abroad is stumbling upon a restaurant frequented by locals, followed closely by bathing in gelato and loudly explaining why everything in America is better. Replicate that feeling with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of Italian and Mediterranean cuisine at Bravo Bistro in Scottsdale.
Bravo Bistro's menu highlights local organic produce and fresh seafood and stems from the capable hands of co-owner and chef Tony Hamati, whose epicurean seeds were planted at the Culinary School of Jordan and the Sorbonne in Paris. Tickle tummies with the popular hummus and pita ($4) before shoving back head-rearing hunger with firm-handed forks and ricotta-and-spinach-stuffed eggplant ($17). The veal osso buco melts mouths with moist veal shanks, braised vegetables, and saffron-infused risotto ($38). Crunch through the lemon black-pepper-encrusted, pan-seared salmon ($21), or inquire about the fish of the day, flown in daily in the pouches of trustworthy pelicans (market price). Palates test their decision-making skills with a 47-bottle wine list, which includes varietals from California, Italy, Germany, and Australia.
The buttery yellow building greets patrons with European-style columns and a large balcony accented by burgundy awnings. Grab a stool at the bar for a premeal drink or to hide from clingy table napkins.
4327 N Scottsdale Rd.
Scottsdale, Arizona 85251