“At Bricco, we welcome you with refreshing flowers and soft Italian music,” says owner Nino Catuogno. Greeted by a spray of the season’s most aromatic flowers or by ones of your choosing, your rehearsal dinner guests can congregate at the cocktail bar in the Poppy Room. “When everyone has arrived and has had a chance to mingle and chat, you may move to the dining room for dinner,” says Nino.
“If you have many guests, I suggest our private upstairs room, which can accommodate up to 105 people.” The room is decorated with bright Italian posters and paintings by Joe Eula, the well-known fashion illustrator, and you can add a personal splash of color by selecting the linen of your choice: Roman mustard, Italian burgundy, or pure white in 100 percent Italian cotton.
Nino will also customize your menu, recommending champagne and two or three passed hors d’oeuvres followed by an hour and a half antipasto table with shrimp, clams, lobster, crabmeat, and cheeses. You may also include prosciutto, salami, dried beefs, roasted vegetables, and a variety of salads.
“The Mediterranean salad is always a favorite,” says Nino, “with string beans, lobster, avocado, walnuts, and cherry tomatoes.”
For dinner you can offer your guests a choice of two pastas, including Bricco’s signature dish, homemade Neapolitan lasagna. Afterwards, choose from a selection of entrées including filet mignon in a peppercorn and brandy sauce; halibut in a cherry tomato, scallion, garlic, and white wine sauce; veal chops in portobello sauce; or chicken rollantine stuffed with prosciutto, portobello mushrooms, and fontina cheese in a white wine and lemon sauce.
“We have wonderful surround-sound stereos, but you may bring a live band if you prefer,” says Nino, noting that classic guitars and violins are very romantic. For bachelor and bachelorette parties, there’s also an intimate cigar room bedecked with wine racks, paintings, and a huge humidor.
For an intimate wedding, the upstairs balcony provides a romantic window deck where you can exchange your vows. “We can upgrade everything with more food, more flowers, and more music to make it absolutely spectacular,” says Nino. “But best of all, I offer you comfort within your budget for your most special day.”