COLUMBUS, Ohio--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--October is National Pasta Month and BRAVO! Cucina Italiana and BRIO Tuscan Grille, owned and operated by BRAVO | BRIO Restaurant Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: BBRG), are inviting the public to come in and try their delicious pasta dishes with special offers, fun-filled social media contests, giveaways and much more.
“to eat well, is to live well”
Guests can enjoy a variety of mouthwatering pasta dishes to celebrate National Pasta Month, incorporating the finest and freshest ingredients, at both BRAVO! and BRIO. At BRAVO!, tasty pasta dishes include Penne Mediterranean, spinach, sun dried tomatoes, pine nuts, olive oil and Feta cheese, tossed with multigrain pasta; and Pasta BRAVO! with grilled chicken, mushrooms and rigatoni in a roasted red pepper cream sauce. Gluten free selections include the Pasta Pomodoro with Chicken, gluten free penne tossed with housemade tomato sauce, caramelized onions, tomatoes, fresh basil and grilled chicken; and Pasta Verduta, gluten free penne tossed with mushrooms, spinach, diced tomatoes, garlic and Feta cheese. A lighter pasta choice is the Pasta Amatriciana (550 calories), penne tossed with tomatoes, caramelized onions, pancetta, fresh basil, housemade marinara and Parmesan.
BRIO features a wide selection of delicious pasta dishes including Shrimp Verduta, angel hair tossed with shrimp, garlic, sundried tomatoes, roasted artichokes, caramelized onions, Feta and spinach and topped with pesto bread crumbs; Ravioli Di Bello, ravioli with Cremini mushrooms, tomatoes, Parmigiano-Reggiano and fresh thyme in a light champagne brown butter sauce; and Pasta Alla Vodka, delicate Ricotta filled handmade pasta, with crispy pancetta, garlic, basil and a spicy tomato Parmesan cream sauce. Guests can also enjoy gluten free pasta dishes such as Pasta Pomodoro, gluten free pasta tossed with grilled chicken, tomatoes, pine nuts and a pesto drizzle; and Pasta Primavera, gluten free penne tossed with mushrooms, spinach, Roma tomatoes, garlic and Feta cheese. Those who desire a lighter pasta can savor the Penne Verona (500 calories), tomatoes, caramelized onions, pancetta, fresh basil, housemade Marinara and Parmigiano-Reggiano; and Pasta Pesto (550 calories) angel hair tossed with grilled chicken, caramelized onions, basil, tomatoes, roasted peppers, Feta and spinach.
Highlights of the month-long celebration include:
BRAVO’S! Pasta Mansta Photo Contest
BRAVO! is looking for the best Pasta Manstas in the land with its “Pasta Mansta” photo contest from Oct. 7–Nov. 15. BRAVO! invites its fans to post photos of themselves, friends or family making “Pasta Manstas” of themselves on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts using the #Bravo!PastaMansta hashtag. BRAVO!’s social media fans will vote on their favorites. On Nov. 15, 10 winning photos will be randomly selected, and winners will receive a free pasta party for 10 from BRAVO!.
That’s Pasta Amore At BRIO Photo Contest
From Oct. 7–Nov. 15, guests can take a photo of their group of friends, colleagues and/or loved ones enjoying a delicious pasta dish at BRIO, and share it on BRIO’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts using the #PastaAmoreAtBrio hashtag along with a quick note about their amore for BRIO’s pasta. On Nov. 15, BRIO will randomly select 10 winning photos. The owners of the winning photos will receive free pasta from BRIO for a year.
Pans for Fans Giveaway
Fans can post why they love BRAVO!’s or BRIO’s pasta on their respective Facebook pages (facebook.com/bravoitalian or facebook.com/brioitalian) from Wednesday, Oct. 23–Friday, Oct. 25. Five Facebook fans will be randomly selected to win one pan of pasta (serves six to eight).
50 Percent off All Pasta Dishes
From Oct. 1–31, BRAVO! and BRIO guests can enjoy 50 percent off any pasta dish with the purchase of one entrée of equal or greater value (one offer per visit, per check; dine in only). Coupons will be distributed on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
“We’re excited to encourage everyone to try pasta dishes from both BRAVO! and BRIO with special offers, social media promotions, and giveaways during our National Pasta Month celebration,” said Chef Yandolino. “Whether they prefer hearty, gluten free or light pastas, BRAVO! and BRIO guests have many unique, delicious options to enjoy during October.”
About BRAVO | BRIO Restaurant Group, Inc.
BRAVO | BRIO Restaurant Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: BBRG) is a leading owner and operator of two distinct Italian restaurant brands, BRAVO! Cucina Italiana and BRIO Tuscan Grille. BBRG has positioned its brands as multifaceted culinary destinations that deliver the ambiance, design elements and food quality reminiscent of fine dining restaurants at a value typically offered by casual dining establishments, a combination known as the upscale affordable dining segment. Each of BBRG's brands provides its guests with a fine dining experience and value by serving affordable cuisine prepared using fresh flavorful ingredients and authentic Italian cooking methods, combined with attentive service in an attractive, lively atmosphere. BBRG strives to be the best Italian restaurant company in America and is focused on providing its guests an excellent dining experience through consistency of execution. For more information, visit www.bbrg.com.
About BRAVO! Cucina Italiana
BRAVO! Cucina Italiana is an upscale affordable restaurant offering classic Italian food amongst the shadows of Roman ruins. The subtitle “Cucina Italiana” means Italian kitchen, in which all cooking is done in full view of the guest, creating the energy of a live theater. BRAVO’s popular entrees include grilled steaks, chops, and made-to-order pizzas, pastas and house specialties, similar to an authentic ‘ristorante’ in Italy. BRAVO! is part of Columbus-based BRAVO I BRIO Restaurant Group. Founded in 1992, BRAVO I BRIO Restaurant Group currently operates more than 100 restaurants including BRAVO! Cucina Italiana, BRIO Tuscan Grille and Bon Vie Bistro. Please visit the Web site, BravoItalian.com for a list of locations, and to follow the restaurant on Twitter (@bravo_italian) and Facebook (facebook.com/bravoitalian).
About BRIO Tuscan Grille
BRIO (meaning “lively” or “full of life”) is an upscale affordable restaurant serving authentic, northern Italian cuisine. The subtitle, “Tuscan Grille” is descriptive in the menu that features oven-roasted steaks, chops and seafood, similar to what one would find in an authentic ristorante in Tuscany. BRIO’s philosophy is “to eat well, is to live well;” which is why it only uses the finest and freshest ingredients. BRIO brings the pleasure of the Tuscan country villa to the American city. BRIO is part of Columbus-based BRAVO|BRIO Restaurant Group (BBRG). Founded in 1992, BBRG currently operates more than 100 restaurants in 31 states including BRAVO! Cucina Italiana, BRIO Tuscan Grille and Bon Vie Bistro. Please visit the website for BRIO locations at www.brioitalian.com and follow the restaurant on Twitter (@brioitalian) and Facebook (facebook.com/brioitalian).