How to Stick to Your Budget While Dining Out in 2016

By Bricco Posted on December 23rd, 2015

How to Stick to Your Budget While Dining Out in 2016

One of the most popular resolutions after the holidays is to fatten your wallet in the new year. While finally paying off that credit card or signing up for a budgeting software program are easy promises to keep, sticking to a budget can be a bit of a challenge for people who love to catch up with friends over dinner and drinks. Before you clear your calendar of meals outside your kitchen, consider these four tips for dining out on a budget.

Take Advantage of Happy Hours

Happy Hours are a foodie’s best friend. You can nosh on deeply discounted appetizers and enjoy fancy cocktails and glasses of house wine at a fraction of their normal cost. Head over to your favorite restaurant after work with your favorite coworkers to unwind after work. Or suggest meeting a friend early in the evening before heading home to cook dinner. Bricco’s happy hour runs from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. every Monday through Friday. Check out the full menu, which includes half price beer, wine, cocktails, and meat and cheese boards.








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Sample the City in September

Harrisburg offers Restaurant Week for two weeks every September, which allows you to sample unique dishes from your favorite establishments for reasonable prices. A group of area restaurants – including Bricco – have fixed three-course menus for just $30 and a dinner-for-two menu that features a shared appetizer, two dinners, and a shared dessert for $40. York, Lancaster and Baltimore also get in on the fun with their own annual discounted fare. Stay tuned for Bricco’s 2016 menu at

Explore the Whole Menu

While best known for our flat-iron steaks and tasty pasta dishes, Bricco isn’t all about fine dining. Our Tuscan and Mediterranean-inspired restaurant also offers a full menu of options to fit any taste and budget. Delicious pizzas start at less than $15 and include tasty ingredients such as locally smoked bacon, onion marmalade and truffle oil. Bricco also offers plenty of hearty starters including meatballs, pork belly and grilled bruschetta that are sure to fill you up without compromising your budget.

Think Small Plates

Tapas have been part of a growing trend in Harrisburg the last few years. But don’t worry, the smaller plates don’t skimp on flavor or variety. Bricco’s small plates can each be sampled for $7 or less. Try crispy Brussels sprouts with Sriracha honey vinaigrette or salt-roasted beets, broken pistachio dressing & shaved ricotta salata to get a taste of our menu. You can even share multiple small plates with friends in lieu of a meal if you’re dining on a dime.

While Bricco understands not every meal can be a reason to splurge, we hope you’ll remember our more affordable options for budget-friendly dining in 2016 and beyond!


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