Dining at BRIO Tuscan Grille: A Relaxed Italian Eatery
BRIO Tuscan Grille is a relaxed Italian eatery with an upscale setting, consistently good food, and high-quality ingredients. BRIO Tuscan Grille has seasonal menus featuring fruits and vegetables that are available during that particular time of the year. Living in Florida, our seasons are not quite so noticeable, so I love that BRIO Tuscan Grille gives me a good dose of rotating food items. Have a look at BRIO Tuscan Grille’s fall menu that my daughter and I were privy to sample.
Fruity, Sophisticated Cocktails
Watermelon, a fruit loaded with antioxidants, vitamins A, B6, and C, has made its way to BRIO Tuscan Grille’s fall menu. It is the star of three favorite classic sips, each with a unique spin: Melon-Kick Martini, Melon-Berry Mojito, and the Melon Rita. These sweet drinks are not only attractive (and $5 during happy hour!) but they also taste good. The Watermelon Martini, served perfectly chilled and straight up, is my favorite. A cute speared watermelon cube garnishes the drink.
Let’s Get This Dinner Started
The appetizer special on BRIO Tuscan Grille’s fall menu is a seasonal bruschetta that will make your eyes roll in the back of your head. Honestly, I hardly ever order bruschetta because the price generally doesn’t add up to the dainty piece of bread topped with scarce ingredients. That is not the case at BRIO! Superbly toasted bread (equivalent to the pasta cooking term al dente: not too crisp, not too doughy) holds a cornucopia of flavor. Prosciutto, asparagus, caramelized onions, and Provolone cheese are piled high on this delicious appetizer. Our server told us that the bruschetta tasted like peanut butter and jelly; it really did!
Moving on to the Main Courses at BRIO Tuscan Grille
The fall menu is heavily loaded with two of my favorite foods: sweet potatoes and butternut squash. BRIO Tuscan Grille has three seasonal plates and my daughter and I tried them all.
- Chicken & Mozzarella Stuffed Ravioli: Pancetta, sweet potatoes, asparagus, light champagne cream, Gorgonzola, pine nuts, balsamic glaze
- Grilled Balsamic Glazed Pork Chop: Sweet potatoes, mushrooms, pancetta, Brussels sprouts, caramelized onion, maple balsamic vinaigrette
- Steak Saltimbocca: Stuffed with prosciutto and provolone, crispy fingerlings, chile flake, fried sage, broccolini, Marsala sauce
Though all three entrees were mind-blowing, my picks (in order one through three) were the Steak Saltimbocca, Ravioli, and Pork Chop.
The Steak Saltimbocca was an offering that I haven’t seen on menus in the past. I loved how the ingredients were rolled together. My first thought was that the portion was small, but it is hearty and extremely rich so it is actually a perfect size. The thinly sliced fingerling potatoes, paired with fried sage and chile flakes, are the standout of the dish.
The stuffed ravioli was so rich and creamy that I wanted to lick the plate it. Their chicken and mozzarella filling, stuffed into the delicate pasta, tasted fabulous in the champagne cream sauce. Drizzling balsamic glaze over the ravioli was sheer genius.
Everyone loves a grilled pork chop, and BRIO’s was tender, juicy, and amazing. Our waiter told us that it was the most ordered, and preferred, of the three seasonal dishes thus far. The Brussel sprouts and caramelized onions made the dish pop. The entire dish was topped with a delicious maple balsamic vinaigrette. We passed on the bread that comes with dinner, but after trying this pork dish, I longed for some to sop up the darned tasty juices.
When Snickerdoodle Peach Cobbler is the seasonal dish, you certainly cannot pass it up. The warm cobbler is packed with fresh peaches and served with a tasty vanilla bean gelato. It is a really balanced dessert—not too sweet, but enough to please the palate.
Are you Hungry Yet?
My daughter and I were thrilled with the seasonal menu options from BRIO Tuscan Grille. It was our first time to the restaurant and we both loved the ambiance of it. Warm shades of buttery yellow are the primary colors of the decor with huge, gorgeous ambiance lighting, maroon and gold striped fabrics, and white tablecloths. The staff was attentive and made sure that all of the guests, including a 40-person party, were well taken care of. Located at the front of the restaurant, BRIO’s lively bar was packed from the time that we arrived until we left.
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