Bricco Trattoria, Glastonbury, CT
This year for Mother’s Day, my family treated me to dinner at Bricco Trattoria in Glastonbury, CT. It is one of the three Billy Grant restaurants, and one of my favorite places for dinner.
The restaurant has a farm to table authentic Italian Trattoria style, similar to an Italian farmhouse.
As always, the restaurant’s service is attentive and courteous. The parking can be difficult since it is located in a plaza with three other busy restaurants. Just pay the $5 for valet parking and make it easy for yourself.
I’d recommend reservations, as the restaurant is always busy when I’ve been. It’s a perfect place for a larger-sized gathering, in fact we’ve had a friend’s anniversary dinner here and it was wonderful. Be sure to call a good amount of time in advance, and ask for the larger table located in the wine room for a more private setting.
Over all the times I’ve eaten here, I’ve tried several of the menu items, which changes regularly, and am never disappointed. Everything is delicious.
For this visit, I debated between two salads – the Toscano or the Boston Bibb. I decided to go with the Toscano and wasn’t disappointed. It includes a mix of fresh greens, fresh mozzarella, warm polenta croutons, and fresh green beans with a balsamic dressing.
Christine opted for the Boston Bibb salad, which includes butter lettuce, pine nuts, Gorgonzola cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, cucumbers with lemon vinaigrette.
For my meal entrée, I opted for the honey mustard glazed salmon, but instead of having it paired with the puree potato, I asked to substitute that for polenta. The salmon had great flavor and was cooked perfectly. The accompanying polenta was creamy and cheesy – a perfect pairing.
Christine chose one of the freshly made pastas as her entrée. It was homemade ravioli filled with grilled chicken in a light red sauce. She said it was delicious.
Mike opted for something different from his usual selection. He’s always picked Aunt Josie’s Sunday Ragu, so he debated for quite some time to select anything other. But he wasn’t disappointed with his choice.
He chose the Bucatini all’ Amatriciana with meatballs and loved it. The sauce had a spicy kick to it. The pasta came with roasted peppers and seven meatballs. Even I (the meatball snob) will admit the meatballs were delicious!
Bucatini is thick spaghetti-like pasta with a hole running through the center. Amatriciana is a dish named for the town of Amatrice, Italy located about an hour east of Rome. The Amatriciana sauce gets its spiciness from the black pepper and dried chilies added into the tomato sauce.
Greg had the penne alla vodka with grilled chicken. He enjoyed it very much. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a picture of his meal. The portion size was hearty enough for his big appetite and he did take some home for lunch the next day.
We all reviewed the dessert menu, but were too full from our meals except Mike. He couldn’t resist the ice cream sundae. It’s made with house made peanut butter chunk ice cream, lots of hot fudge, peanut brittle and whipped cream. We asked for additional spoons and all had a spoonful or two.
Mother’s day is a time-honored tradition. “Thank you” to President Woodrow Wilson for officially declaring it a holiday in the United States since 1914.
I had a beautiful Mother’s day that I shared with my wonderful family!
Have you ever eaten at a Billy Grant restaurant?
Where’s your favorite place for Mother’s day dinner?