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Brio Tuscan Grille: A Taste Of Tuscany

| November 11, 2011, 11:16 AM | 0 Comments

Being of Italian decent it is often times difficult to find good authentic Italian cuisine. So imagine my delight when I happened across a restaurant called the Brio Tuscan Grille in the Annapolis Town Center. Even more surprising to me was the fact that it is a chain.

Before even stepping foot into the restaurant itself the first thing that I noticed was the outside facade. I was very impressed with the architecture as well as the location, complete with valet parking out front. Very easy to get to and convenient.

Upon walking into the restaurant I was immediately greeted by two very pleasant hostesses who graciously pointed me in the direction of the party that was waiting for me. The restaurant was a bustle of patrons and the movement of wait staff was nothing less than a well oiled machine. The spaces between the dining and bar areas to the kitchen seemed very well placed. Much thought had gone into the layout of this restaurant.

The decor was in one word “exquisite”. Large, beautiful chandeliers, white pillars and marble made up what I thought was just the right touch of old Tuscany but not so rustic as to dampen the mood.

Now seated and catching up with my lunch partner it was only moments until our waiter approached to take the usual drink order and recite the lunch specials which he did verbatim to what was on the menu in front of us. Nice touch and very presentable.

Glancing at the wine list I saw a wide variety of labels, years and geographical locations. The options were practically endless. Many  choices direct from Tuscany all the way to the valley in California. Being this was lunch I passed on the vino. On to the food!

Choices on the food menu were almost as extensive. Nicely broken up into Primi, Bruschetta & Flatbread, Insalata & Zupa, Lunch Plates, Paninis & Sandwiches, Pasta & Specialita Della Casa. Remember this is just the lunch menu. Looking at the dinner selections online I found an even richer and more in depth option of cuisine.

Trying to eat on the somewhat healthy side of the plate I decided on a simple “House Salad” with oil and vinegar and the “Crispy Eggplant Pomodoro” made up of Romano crusted eggplant with house made Pomodoro, basil, herb spaghettini, Parmesan and fresh Mozzarella.

The food arrived in a very reasonable time and presentation and portion size were both very desirable. The salad was fresh and crisp. The Crispy Eggplant Pomodoro was firm and perfectly cooked, accompanied by just the right amount of sauce and the pasta was nicely seasoned. It was refreshing for once not to be served enough pasta to feed a Roman Army. Bellissimo!

Overall, dining at the Brio Tuscan Grille was an absolute pleasure. From the atmosphere to the cuisine you can tell that they are driven on quality not quantity and their number one focus is the guest experience.

What a fine establishment and great addition to the Annapolis area. If you are looking for a fancy yet reasonably priced dining experience unique and diverse enough for a business meeting or romantic date, Brio Tuscan Grille is a very wise destination! Manga!

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About the Author - eDante

My name is Dante Crescenzi and I am a lifestyle blogger, democratizer of technology and self proclaimed foodie. Here, I will be cowing down and chiming in on the best eats in and around the Annapolis area. I am an advocate of local and seasonal foods and will focus on the healthier side of dining out!

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