Saturday, January 23, 2016

Brio Tuscan Grille Review

Italian food is one of my all-time favorite cuisines.  Who can resist perfectly cooked pasta paired with flavorful sauces? You can't forget tons of melted cheese on top either.  Make sure you have a basket of soft and airy bread to go along with your meal.  If I didn't have to worry about calories and gaining weight, I'd eat Italian food every day.  When's the last time you had a wonderful bowl of pasta for dinner?

Brio Tuscan Grille offers a menu using the finest and freshest ingredients with an emphasis on high-quality steaks, homemade pasta specialities, and flatbreads.  Everything is prepared in an authentic Italian oven to delight your belly. Brio is located in certain states and hopefully you're lucky enough to have a location near you.  The location serves brunch, lunch, dinner, and also features a children's menu.  

Sink your teeth into such fabulous eats like lobster and shrimp ravioli, chicken milanese, roasted half chicken, panini's, homemade soups, fresh salads, and more.  Don't forget to have a glass of Prosecco to compliment your meal with.  Save room for dessert and delight your stomach with such treats as chocolate layer cake, tiramisu, or even cheesecake.  You'll have a wonderful dining experience at Brio that you won't soon forget.

My husband and I were invited to dine at Brio tonight to try their new Tale of Two Risottos menu.  I had been there previously, but it was some time ago. I'm never one to turn down Risotto, so I was excited at the chance.  The rich and creamy risotto's can be paired with either cold water Maine lobster and sautéed shrimp, or seared sea scallops and vegetable ratatouille.  Seafood pairs wonderfully with risotto and I was looking forward to trying the lobster and shrimp version.  The best part about our night was that my parents were watching our daughter, so we were able to get a date night out which is rare!

Jay and I started the meal off with a delicious basket of bread and butter. We enjoyed the bread with a glass of Prosecco for me and a beer for Jay. Who can resist bread while at an Italian restaurant? I know I can't.  The bread's crispy exterior paired with the fluffy and soft interior was just wonderful.  

A large plate of calamari was put in front of us next that looked to die for.  I liked the presentation of the calamari with the marinara on one side and the aioli on the other.  Of course I wasted no time at all trying those crunchy round circles of heaven.  I dipped one into the marinara and it was love at first bite.  The crispy and warm calamari paired with the marinara was fantastic! That crunch is so satisfying that you'll be back for seconds and thirds in no time.  I'm not a huge aioli lover so I left that side to my husband.

For entrees, I opted for the lobster and shrimp risotto, and my husband went with the ratatouille.  These dishes were plated so beautifully that they were almost too pretty to eat.  Let me put emphasis on the keyword almost! We wasted no time in digging into our main meals.

My dish was truly out of this world.  You can't say no to a large Maine lobster tail paired with shrimp, mushrooms, roasted red peppers, and asparagus. This tasty dish was topped with basil and parmesan to really set it apart.  The risotto was light and fluffy and made my belly sing.  The sauce had an incredible flavor that got better with each bite.  If you're a seafood lover, you'll go nuts for the perfectly cooked and juicy shrimp combined with the bursting with flavor lobster tail.  Seafood and risotto are a marvelous pairing and I couldn't have been happier with my choice.

Jay's dish brought seared sea scallops served over risotto with roasted eggplant, red peppers, zucchini, and tomato compote.  To make it the ultimate dish, it was topped with basil and Reggiano cheese.  He said that the scallops were large and in charge and brimming with flavor.  Those tender and succulent babies were cooked perfectly and everything you could want in risotto.  The risotto was also cooked perfectly and had sensational tomato flavor that you couldn't stop eating.  Jay loved every bite and said it was the best risotto he's had in a long time.

We were so full but our waitress insisted on dessert.  Jay and I shared the caramel marscapone cheesecake.  I had never heard of the combination of caramel and marscapone before, but it was a very interesting combination.  This petite beauty was the perfect size for sharing since we were both so full.  I enjoyed sinking my teeth into the perfectly cool, creamy, and dense cheesecake which had a nice caramel layer on top.  The marscapone was certainly noticeable and my taste buds enjoyed every bite.

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our visit at Brio.  The food was delicious, the waitress was very attentive, and we had a great time! We'll certainly be back for future visits.  If you haven't been to Brio before, it's time to make a reservation for dinner.

*DISCLOSURE* Thank you to Brio for providing us with a complimentary visit in order to facilitate this post.  All thoughts are strictly my own.

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