BRAVO Cucina Italiana - Pittsburgh - McKnight

4.2
476 reviews
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$30 and under
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Benvenuto! BRAVO! invites you to gather around our table and enjoy our delicious, spirited, and made-to-order Italian cuisine. Guests can expect expertly crafted pasta dishes, pizzas, seafood, desserts and more. Experience our extensive lighter menu options, featuring appetizers, salads and entrees all at 650 calories or less. Kick back and relax at BRAVO!

The McKnight road BRAVO! location is in the heart of the North Hills district. It is just 1 mile down the road from Ross Park Mall, one of the largest malls in the city. It is 6 miles away from North Park, a 3,075 acre county park. We are across the street from St. Sebastian's, the largest Catholic church in the area. We are also located only 7 miles from downtown Pittsburgh, where you can find theaters such as Heinz Hall and he Benedum Center in Pittsburgh's Cultural District, and also find the homes of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pittsburgh Pirates, Heinz Field and PNC Park, respectively.
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M
Pittsburgh
118 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of us had the wedding soup and the other had the capris salad and then we each had the shrimp scampi. Delicious!!! One of my favorite restaurants.

k
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and service

d
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Ordered eggplant parmigiana but did not want side order of pasta. When meal delivered to table two pieces of eggplant with dollop of sauce covered by slightly larger topping of cheese. Nothing else. One of the most unappetizing meals I’ve ever had. Had to ask twice for additional sauce and by the time it came I was finished with my meal. Meal looked like it came from freezer to microwave to me (and another part who ordered the eggplant) We were both shocked at presentation (or lack of)

OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

The management was outstanding.

OT
Greensboro
5 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Slow service overall and it was not that crowded. Drinks were very slow, slow to take orders and didn’t even refill water without asking. It going back anytime soon.

CG
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food for the price. Pleasant atmosphere. Waiter was very attentive.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

Poor service. Very slow

JW
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything including the service was excellent.

JS
Pittsburgh
16 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! The Bolognese is the best anywhere!

OT
Pittsburgh
79 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistent quality food and presentation. Professional servers and diverse menu
One of our. Favorite local restaurants

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The eggplant Parmesan has a gummy coating and without much taste.

M
Pittsburgh
118 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My friend had the pasta and sausage and I had the lobster ravioli...they were both so good. We also shared a caprese salad which was just the right amount and delicious! Love this restaurant and will be going back very soon. Our waitress was very very nice and very professional.

m
Naples
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waiter very personable and helpful. Gave us a birthday dessert as we were celebrating a birthday.

f
Pittsburgh
22 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

service was ok once a waiter showed up. we had a reservation and were seated promptly, but waited about 15 mins for waiter to show up. Even though restaurant was half empty.
food is reasonably priced, but very average. our group agreed that Bravo is not as good as it used to be.
old menu and prep was better.

OB
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our waitress was fantastic!!!!! Food was excellent!!

DO
Pittsburgh
19 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bravo never fails to satisfy. The food was delicious.

LC
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 4

Over the last year your portion sizes have decreased substantially. I always order the spaghettini with regular meatballs. The meatballs are very small and the portion of noodles is laughable. Noodles are cheap, I don't understand the reasoning behind it. My family orders other items from the menu that have gotten substantially smaller as well. I will no longer make Bravo my first choice.

NZ
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was the best, so attentive and friendly and so willing to please. Just loved her. Our
dinner were delicious and we enjoyed every moment we spent at Bravo/McKnight. This was our
51st wedding anniversary and we have celebrated so many anniversaries at Bravo in the past, except
for our 50th....surprise party given by our son and his wife. Thank you for making our night special.

VP
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

I took my 88-year-old aunt out for lunch. I was surprised and disappointed to discover that the daily lunch specials were not offered on the weekend. I was also disappointed in the service.

OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

The waitress seems very inexperienced. She didn’t know the menu, didn’t know how good was prepared, didn’t know what could be added or substituted and was very unsure of what was being offered. She was not very busy but was very inattentive to empty drinks and the need for silverware and napkins. I was very disappointed with this visit.

LP
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, good service, good value. It’s a winner every time. We are never disappointed when we leave. We are repeat customers.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 5

Arrived 15 minutes early for our reservation as one should but didn’t get seated until nearly 45 minutes past our reservation. The manager was kind enough to comp us 2 appetizers due to the delay which thankfully arrived at our table promptly after being seated. Unfortunately the same could not be said of our food which took about 40 minutes to come out after ordering. I’m total we got our main courses about 2 hours after our reservation time. The food was good but most of our party boxed well over half of their meal because the meal was so late in arriving that we were no longer hungry.

I’m so thankful that my autistic nephew had to cancel out or we’d have had a melt down.

m
Pittsburgh
39 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We have always loved Bravos for a very good meal at a reasonable price. We returned after a few years of being away and were somewhat disappointed. The menu had changed which is fine but fewer Italian pasta dished...which is what we liked best. Food and service was good but not very good. We always give our favorite restaurants a second chance before we remove them from our favorites list and we will do that for Bravos.

JW
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Visited on Mother’s Day. Food was good. Seated in a side room where temperature was uncomfortably cold. Multiple failed attempts by server to moderate temperature so we were uncomfortable for the whole 90 minutes that we were there. Manager never stopped by. Ask for a table in the main dining room where temperature was appropriate.

T
Pittsburgh
11 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

It was impressive to see how smoothly the restaurant staff handled a Mother's Day surge for the afternoon lunch shift. Truly well coordinated and managed.

CW
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 3

We always have good service here, but not this night. Most of the problem was the waitresss. She was nice, but didn’t have a clue what she was doing. The kitchen was a little behind so we waited 45 min from the time we sat down until the food came. I had eggplant park and the pasta that came with it was cold. My family was there for an hour and a half. When the waitress finally brought the bill it was blank with a total written on it. Thank goodness for the excellent management there that always takes care of their customers. We were comped desserts - which the waitress charged us for!

A
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had reservations for 7:30, but didn't get seated until after 8. The food did not seemed rushed, so it was good.

f
Pittsburgh
13 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was outstanding as always and our server was the best I've had in a while. There was only one glitch to the evening, desserts were ordered, and delicious, but took 25 minutes to arrive at table. Restaurant took appropriate action and all were happy with the entire evening.

N
Pittsburgh
68 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Would be nice to offer a linch menu.

FC
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The food was delicious, although my portion of spaghetti was a bit sparse. My husband got the linguini Alfredo with chicken and was a nice portion and very tasty. I booked ahead on open table and we were seated immediately. Everyone was very nice.

RA
Detroit
56 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good service made for a quick lunch. Food was good as expected.

CW
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was awesome and service was quick! This is the best Bravos in Pgh!

ES
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was tasty, but the portions are on the smaller side. The wait time is long, but the service was very good, so that helped. Thank you.

IB
Pittsburgh
6 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had an extraordinary server, her name is Suzanne. She was quick to offer suggestions. She made sure we were happy with each part of our meal. It was an extra busy Saturday night, but she never let us wait too long without checking in. She even brewed us a fresh pot of decaf coffee to go with our desserts! Great date night!

M
Pittsburgh
118 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Two of us had the salmon and the other one had the steak...everything just melted in your mouth! Two of the kids had spaghetti and meatballs and one had the pepperoni pizza. They ate everything which was great!
We will definitely be going back.

OT
Pittsburgh
79 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Decided to have lunch and we both enjoyed the shrimp scampi combo. All executed well; food and service, in their typical efficient style. Pardon the pun: Bravo!

OT
Pittsburgh
55 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

It’s a really nice good chain Italian restaurant. We are always treated very nicely and really appreciate it.

JU
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The service was just okay. The meal portion was small and does not include soup or salad. There are better food and values nearby for a better price.

QL
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

We've always enjoyed such good meals at Bravo however this past experience was an exception I hope. Our waiter seemed overwhelmed and it showed in the VERY slow service. The food ,while the flavors were wonderful, the portions and price were a disappointment. My meal consisted of 5 shrimp ,1/2 cup of farro and 3 spears of asparagus . All for $17.99-and not even a salad! Bar bites are a much better value-guess we'll stick to those-even though they keep eliminating the best ones....

D
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Had a college graduation dinner with family group of 11. We wanted a moderately priced restaurant close to the city and could not be happier with Bravo! The staff was great as was the food! We will definitely be back.

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