Food Review: Brio Tuscan Grille

Cindy Ciotta, Assistant Editor/ KNDN

In this edition of the Wigwam, we’re going all the way to Italy to try the most authentic Italian food for a review that you can read and live vicariously through…

Well, unfortunately at the Wigwam we have a small budget and flights are too expensive this month, so we’re bringing you the next best thing right here in Southlake, Texas.

Brio Tuscan Grille is an upscale Italian restaurant located in central Southlake Town Square. It has a beautiful ambiance with dim lighting and Italian inspired architecture. When the weather is nice, the patio is the perfect place to sit and enjoy your meal.

I’ve been to this fantastic restaurant so many times that I’ve lost count, so when I came in the other day to do a review, I knew I was excited.

They serve warm, white bread and seasoned flatbread to start you off as a pre-appetizer. The flatbread is my favorite so I had a few bites, but I will warn you; even though you may feel the need to eat all that’s in the basket, resist your urge because you’ll want to save room for your meal and then dessert.

I began with the wedge salad, one of my favorite hors d’oeuvre from Brio. It was well-prepared, topped with Gorgonzola, bacon, tomatoes, and a creamy Parmesan dressing. This salad makes a great appetizer because it’s light, delicious, and still leaves you hungry for your next course.

After the salad, I debated between the Shrimp and Lobster Fettuccine and the Pasta Brio and ended up choosing the Pasta Brio for my main course. The savory meal comes with rigatoni pasta, grilled chicken, seared mushrooms, and a light roasted red pepper sauce. It was incredible, to say the least. I would definitely recommend this meal to anyone. If you’re feeling unsure about what to order, know that you just can’t go wrong with this dish.

After some bread, a salad, and pasta, I knew I couldn’t leave without dessert. Brio offers two types of deserts: dolchinos, the petite dishes, and grande, the full size. I got one of each. In a dolchino size, I ordered the Caramel Mascarpone Cheesecake which comes caramelized and topped with Anglaise sauce and vanilla whipped cream. Cheesecake is always a safe choice and delicious dessert. It’s perfect if you’re looking for something not too sweet but just sweet enough. In a grande, I ordered the Warm Chocolate Cake with a raspberry drizzle on top. It’s hard to find the words, to be honest. But I will say that it melts in your mouth, is gone before you know it, and was absolutely divine.

If you’ve never been to Brio before, I highly recommend that you try it. Just be prepared to get hooked and want to go back. I go all the time and have never been disappointed once. The service, ambiance, and food all make for a great experience. Thanks for reading, now go try some Brio.