Thank you to the BRIO location in The Woodlands for providing me with a dinner showcasing their new Variety of Flavors menu.
They say variety is the spice of life, and BRIO Tuscan Grille locations at Woodlands and City Centre are embracing this philosophy with an array of new dishes on the “A Variety of Flavors” lunch and dinner menus. Available now through Saturday, April 15, the menus present two exciting new appetizers, three entrées (including two mouthwatering seafood dishes), a divine dessert, and delightful wine options. The menus include:
Since the two appetizers on the menu have seafood (which I am allergic to) I tried a small plate of the Mezza Beef Carpaccio featuring field greens, capers, a mustard aioli, and Parmesan.
You guys, I cannot stress enough how awesome this appetizer was. The flavor was mind blowing. I’m not one for raw meat typically….but I’m telling you it was so wonderful. The best part is that even if you go into BRIO with a larger group you can order these for 2, 3, or 4 people. So order a few for your next big family dinner. I promise you they’ll be gone before you know it.
I also tried the Burrata and Ciabatta. This combination of creamy fresh Mozzarella, roasted tomato, extra virgin olive oil, and grilled ciabatta was a surprisingly cool and refreshing appetizer.
All three of the featured entrees came to our table and tried the two without shellfish of course. The Peroni Beer-Battered Fish & Chips were light and flaky. One especially nice surprise was the coleslaw that came with them…rather than traditional cabbage it had a brussels sprout slaw that was so good. I have never in my life enjoyed coleslaw but this one hit it out of the park.
My dining companion, Mary, really loved the Lobster & Black Pepper Shrimp Ravioli. She said the amount of heat from the spicy black pepper cream was just right.
If you’re a pot roast lover then may I suggest the Braised Beef Pappardelle. With rosemary pappardelle (yes, it’s literally inside the pasta adding amazing flavor!), crimini mushrooms, roasted carrots, red onions, and tomato porcini sauce this is the kind of comfort food that will soothe any weary soul.
The featured dessert on this menu is the Butterscotch Budino. Italian for “pudding” it features Marcona almonds, caramel, vanilla whipped cream. It’s absolutely dreamy but since I’d had some during my last BRIO meal, I wanted to try something a little different.
The Flourless Chocolate Torte was such a nice way to round out our meal. It comes with extra virgin olive oil on the plate as well as a little ice cream made from EVOO for a flavor profile that is truly divine. And, chocolate lovers everywhere can rejoice because this cake is gluten free!
Looking for some libations to pair with your meal? This Flirty Cosmo was just as fun to drink as it looks with a bright citrus flavor.
For a refreshing flavor, the Cucumber Basil Gimlet hits the spot. Best of all you can choose to have it made with vodka or gin depending on your preference.
“With the ‘A Variety of Flavors’ lunch and dinner menus, guests can enjoy unique flavors with a Tuscan twist, including mouthwatering seafood dishes, for a limited time,” said BRIO Tuscan Grille Chef & Culinary Director Alison Peters.
This meal at BRIO was such an enjoyable one for me. The food was incredible and the staff couldn’t be more attentive or hospitable. If you want a locale that feels romantic and special on your next night out, this is the place.
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.