Thank you to the BRIO location in The Woodlands for providing me with a dinner showcasing their new Flavorful Features menu.
What better way is there to kick off 2017 than with more flavor? Merging their chefs’ creativity with the high-quality cuisine for which they are renowned, BRIO Tuscan Grille locations at Woodlands and City Centre are bringing new seasonal flavors to guests with their “Flavorful Features,” available daily (dinner only) now through Feb. 28.
I recently had the opportunity to try some of the items on this seasonal menu and I left the restaurant absolutely stuffed. Everything was wonderful. I talk about some of my favorite items from the menu below.
Appetizer: Burrata & Prosciutto Bruschetta: Red peppers, mayonnaise, sea salt, black pepper, extra virgin olive oil, and parsley ($11.95) These were SO GOOD. I only ate one, because I wanted to leave room for the rest of my meal…but seriously, this savory appetizer is the perfect way to begin your dinner.
We also tried the Roasted Garlic, Spinach, and Artichoke Dip ($10.95) from the regular menu and it tasted so good. The flatbread it came with had the perfect crunch.
Entrees: Chicken Saltimbocca Risotto: Provolone, crispy pancetta, fried sage, and butternut squash risotto ($16.95) This chicken literally melted in my mouth. And I also loved the butternut squash risotto. It had such a unique flavor.
Crab Stuffed Shrimp & Broiled Maine Lobster Tail: Orzo, farro, zucchini, red peppers, asparagus, and lemon butter sauce ($25.95) Full disclosure here, I did not actually eat this because I am allergic to shellfish…but my best friend who came to dinner with me assured me it was mind blowing. I mean, just look at it! It’s even a feast for the eyes.
One other entree we sampled was the Campanelle Carbonara: Grilled chicken, bacon, Parmesan, spinach, Alfredo ($18.95) The waitress explained that this pasta was a customer favorite and one of their “go to” dishes. After tasting it, I understood why. This pasta is comfort food. Rich and full of flavor, like your grandma might make for you when you go to visit.
Dessert: Butterscotch Budino: Italian for “pudding,” this dish features Marcona almonds, caramel, and vanilla whipped cream ($3.95) Note that while we did try the budino, which was the most delightful blend of sweet and salty ever…we also had mascarpone cheesecake (a.k.a. my new lover) and a great classic, creme brulee. Truly, I have had all kinds of cheesecake in my life and this one was hands down THE. BEST.
The perfect complements to the “Flavorful Features” are delicious wines. Featured on this menu are:
Sketchbook Pinot Noir: A light, fruity and elegant red blend (Mendocino, California) ($9.95/glass) and Benzinger Family Wintery Chardonnay: A lush and silky wine (Sonoma, California) ($9.95/glass). I did not try either of these wines with my food. Instead I enjoyed a glass of Prosecco Cizano while my friend had a Sangria Rosa. They were very flavorful and added even more fun to our evening.
“Variety provides the flavor of life,” said BRIO Tuscan Grille Chef & Culinary Director Alison Peters. “At BRIO, we are happy to present our limited time ‘Flavorful Features,’ and give our guests the opportunity to enjoy even more unique dishes that offer a special culinary twist.”
My dinner experience with the Flavorful Features menu was very enjoyable and I will most definitely return to BRIO the next time I’m craving Italian.
To find a BRIO location near you, or to make reservations online visit www.BrioItalian.com.
Disclosure: BRIO provided me and a friend with dinner. These are my own, honest opinions. I only recommend products and services to my readers are feel are trustworthy and that I can stand behind with pride.