Somehow after living in Central PA, just minutes away from our state’s lovely/broke capital, I have managed to never take part in Harrisburg Restaurant Week. Truth be told, I don’t think I really even knew we had one until this year. But after I heard about it from Sara, I was really intrigued and knew that I had to make at least one stop at one of my favorite downtown restaurants, Bricco.
Bricco is a small but mighty little gem, tucked away off of the main “restaurant row” in downtown Harrisburg. The atmosphere is a mix of modern and romantic, with soft lighting and a well-stocked bar. Definitely a great date-night destination, but also perfect for a girls night out or a client dinner. They have a really nice wine selection (which is major bonus points with me) and their Executive Chef, Jason Viscount, has a passion for fresh, creative food.
Once I arrived (after a few loops to find a parking spot) I spotted Sara and Lauren patiently waiting for me inside the doors, ready to get this Restaurant Week party started. (PS- I’m late for everything. I apologize to all those whom I’ve kept waiting.)
The menu made it difficult to just pick one of each, but somehow I navigated through it.
My selections indicated above.
I started with the baby heirloom tomato salad with fresh basil and mozzarella, lightly drizzled in a balsamic reduction and olive oil. It was the perfect starter to my meal- light and seasonal.
Next up was the entree, and I have to tell you, this was one of the best meals I’ve ever had.
It was my first experience with duck, but it certainly will not be my last. The meat was so tender and flavorful, and paired really nicely with the bottle of Pinot Noir that we shared. The pappardelle was cooked perfectly, just a tad al dente, and added perfect balance to the duck. I managed to save about a third of it for Brandon to try, which he inhaled. I would definitely get this again, and not share it next time.
I finished with the olive oil torte, topped with whipped cream and a skosh of pear butter. It was decent, very light, but honestly I’m not a big dessert fan. Lauren had the Belgian waffle with Nutella, which was pretty amazing, and she was generous enough to let me taste it. (I had a little dessert envy, but it’s probably for the best I didn’t order that one.)
Not only was the food and the company great, but Chef Jason was kind enough to stop out and visit with us for a little during our meal. Just by talking with him for a few minutes, you can really sense his passion food and the diners experience. He was also generous enough to treat us to our bottle of wine, and later sent out some complimentary Gewürztraminer with our desserts. A man after my own heart.
Overall, I had a fantastic time, and it was definitely a well-spent $30. There were a few other restaurants I considered checking out, but I’m really happy we went with Bricco. And that’s not just the free wine talking.