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New restaurant, pizza tournament, summer beer

New Italian restaurant to Village Pointe

Bravo! Cucina Italiana is coming to Omaha.


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To read more from Sarah Baker Hansen, go to her blog, OMAvore.

The restaurant, described as "upscale affordable dining," will open in Village Pointe this fall adjacent to the shopping center's courtyard. The menu includes entrees like grilled steaks, chops, pizza and pasta. The Omaha location will also have an outdoor dining area.

The restaurant has locations in 19 other states around the country, and Bravo/Brio Restaurant group, who runs Bravo!, also runs Brio Tuscan Grille and Bon Vie Bistro.

The restaurant's website is

Summer suds at Brix

Summer beers are on the menu this weekend at Brix.

For a $10 admission fee, visitors can try a long list of beers on Saturday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The tasting includes 25 brews, among them Abita Purple Haze, Big Sky Heavy Horse, Boulder Kinda Blue, Breckenridge Agave Wheat, Buffalo Bill's Orange Blossom, Emperian Super Nova, Goose Island Summertime, Lucky Bucket Wheat, New Belgium Shift, Odell Easy Street Wheat, Sam Adams Summer Ale, Schilling Bridge Lemon Lime Lager, Shiner Ruby Redbird, Shock Top Lemon Shandy, Sierra Nevada Kellerwiess, Ska True Blonde Ale, Spanish Peaks Honey Raspberry, Summer Shandy and Tommy Knocker Saison. Brix is in Village Pointe at 225 N. 170th St. For more information, call 402-991-9463.

Vote in pizza challenge

The 2012 World-Herald Omaha Pizza Challenge is under way, and if you vote, you could be eating a lot of free pizza.

Diners can vote online for the contenders and one lucky participant will be chosen at random to win a $200 gift certificate to the winning restaurant at the end of the challenge.

Participating restaurants include Bene Pizza & Pasta, Cascio's Steakhouse, Clancy's Pub, Cunningham's, Mangia Italiana, Old River Pizza Co., Orsi's Italian Bakery, Papa Murphy's, Portovino Ristorante, Red's Savoy Pizza, Sam & Louie's Pizzeria, The Pizza Pie Guys, The Pizza Shoppe, Varsity Roman Coin, Villagio Pizzeria and Zio's Pizza.

Round one of the contest continues through April 15. Round two begins April 16, round three begins April 20, the championship match begins April 23 and a winner will be announced on April 27.

For more information or to vote, visit

Get tickets for 'Elevate'

The second Emerging Terrain "Elevate" dinner, slated to take place June 3, is coming together, and a laundry list of some of the city's top chefs are participating.

Earlier this week, Emerging Terrain announced the artist/chef teams for the dinner. The teams will design menus for "elevation stations" that will be on the 36th Street bridge during the event.

The topics of the second set of banners: land use, agriculture, food, and transportation.

Tickets for "Elevate" go on sale Monday at noon at the Emerging Terrain website,

The teams are Tim Shew from La Buvette and Omaha designers Nancy Novak and Drew Johnson; Sara Adkisson Joyner, of Omaha, and designers Sara Jacobson from Brooklyn, New York, and Allyson Gibbs, of Chicago; Clayton Chapman from the Grey Plume and Omaha designers TACKarchitects;the Localmotive Food Truck, from Omaha and Omaha designers Exis Design Group and Contrivium Design and Urbanism; Adam Graybill from Nebraska Brewing Company and Lincoln designers Grant Landreth and Chris Jansen; Jeff Everroad from Pitch Pizzeria and New York designers Watson Tomaz Yurkovich; Paul Urban and Jessica Joyce from Block 16 and Omaha designers dKISER design.construct and Measure Cut Cut Studio; Chris Myers from Creighton Prep and designers Adrian and Kim Ferguson from Urban Alchemy in Omaha, Peter and Sharon Exley from Architecture is Fun in Chicago and James Dahlin from Dahlin Studio in Omaha; Bobby Mekiney from M’s Pub and Vivace with Omaha designers Brian and Andrea Kelly; Kevin Shinn of Lincoln’s bread&cup with Des Moines based designers Rudolphi and Leslie; Brian O’Malley of Metropolitan Community College with Omaha designers PEN, Miller, Davis and Susman; Matthew Taylor from the Lied Lodge in Nebraska City with Omaha designers Bob Trempe, Philadelphi and Brian Hamilton; Paul Kulik from the Boiler Room and Dario’s Brasserie with Omaha-based HDR; Mark Pluhacek from Marks Bistro with Omaha designers Ryan Fisher, Andrew Conzett and Colin Conces; Jennifer Coco of J. Coco with Omaha designers Polynomial; John Ursick from Stokes with Omaha designer B2LAB; Erik Hustad from Lincoln’s GUP Kitchen with Lincoln designers Pete Olshavsky and MAKE Collaboration; Nick Strawhecker of Dante Pizzeria with Brooklyn based designers DeOld Andersen Architecture; and the dessert team featuring San Francisco’s OPENrestaurant, Omahan Sara Demars Cerasoli and San Franciso’s James Monday. Nebraska Brewing Company and Tyson Arp will provide beer and water.

Dinner at Boiler Room

The Boiler Room is playing host to a wine dinner with the influential Kermit Lynch Winery.

On Wednesday, Lynch's midwest representative, Greg Powell, will be at the restaurant to serve a cross-section of wines that reflect what Kermit Lynch does best. Wines to be served at the dinner include a sparkling selection, a chardonnay, a beaujolais and a barolo.

The spring-influenced menu will feature pork, soft shell crab, ramps, morels and "what we believe is some of the best asparagus to be found anywhere," according to chef-owner Paul Kulik.

For more information or to make a reservation, call the Boiler Room at 402-916-9274.

Closed for now

Finicky Franks, 9520 Calhoun Road, is temporarily closed for expansion. The owners hope to be open again by the end of April with a revised menu and additional seating. For questions, call 402-451-5555.

New special at Fleming's

Fleming's Steakhouse has a new special in which diners can pick a small plate and an oversize glass of wine for $24.95.

The deal is available for a limited time in the restaurant's bar and includes a choice of sliced filet mignon or filet mignon skewers, shrimp scampi skewers, petite lamb chops, seared ahi tuna, seared scallops or lobster tempura. A variety of red and white wines are available as part of the pairing.

In Omaha, Fleming's is at 140 Regency Pkwy. For more information, call 402-393-0811.

Restaurant misidentified

Last week in our dining note about the Nebraska Beef Council's Best Burger in Nebraska contest, one of the restaurants was misidentified. Greta's Gourmet Butcher Shop, in Lincoln, is in the running for the award.

Guide to restaurants

Sarah Baker Hansen's first book, "The Insider's Guide to Omaha and Lincoln," includes her take on more than 150 restaurants. Buy it online at or in the lobby of the Omaha World-Herald building at 13th and Douglas Streets.

Contact the writer: 402-444-1069,

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