BRIO Tuscan Grille, a BRAVO | BRIO Restaurant Group (BBRG) concept, is opening a new location at The Falls. The restaurant, the 11th BRIO Tuscan Grille in Florida, is slated to open late February.
BRIO (meaning “lively” or “full of life”) is an upscale, affordable restaurant serving authentic, northern Italian cuisine. It brings the pleasure of the Tuscan country villa to the American city. The subtitle, “Tuscan Grille,” is descriptive of the menu that features oven-roasted steaks, chops, seafood, made-to-order pastas, flatbreads and entrée salads, similar to what one would find in an authentic ristorante in Tuscany.
BRIO also offers an ample dessert menu, full wine list and cocktail book. BRIO’s motto is fashioned after the Tuscan philosophy of “To eat well is to live well.”
By opening the restaurant at The Falls, BRIO is creating 90 full- and part-time jobs including assistant managers, sous chef, prep/line cooks, wait staff, dishwashers, hosts/hostesses and bartenders.
Just a few of the delicious menu items at BRIO at The Falls include Bruschetta Quattro, Bistecca Insalata, Tuscan Harvest Salad, Tuscan-Grilled Pork Chops, Chicken Limone, Gorgonzola-Crusted Filet, Lasagna Bolognese Al Forno, Grilled Salmon Salad, Pasta BRIO, Pasta Alla Vodka, Beef Carpaccio, Grilled Mahi Mahi Fresca, Tiramisu and Torta Di Cioccolata.
Additional offerings at BRIO at The Falls will be the Bellini Brunch, available Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the $3.95 Tuscan Taster bar menu, which will feature standouts such as Shrimptini (shrimp cocktail), Beef Carpaccio, BRIO Burger, and much more. The Tuscan Taster menu, available in the bar only, will be available Monday–Friday from 3 to 7 p.m. and Monday–Thursday from 9 p.m. until closing. Every Wednesday, in the bar only, guests will enjoy $5 Martini Night for select martinis from 4 p.m. until closing.
Every Monday–Friday during Tuscan Taster hours, BRIO will offer $5 drink specials on select wines, sangria and martinis. The restaurant also will offer a special children’s menu, family-style pans-to-go for off-site catered special events and business occasions, and online ordering.
The new 7,672-square-foot restaurant, located at 8888 SW 136 St., will offer indoor seating for 184 guests, and al fresco dining for up to 98 on an Italian-style terrace. The bar area will seat 25.
BRIO’s villa-like interior features details such as antique, hardwood Cypress flooring, arched colonnades, hand-crafted Italian mosaics, antique doors, hand-crafted walls covered in an antique Venetian plaster, Arabescato marble-imported from Italy, and sizable wrought-iron chandeliers.
BRIO at The Falls’ general manager is Ryan Glendy; the executive chef is Rojelio Fernandez.
BRIO at The Falls will be open seven days a week: Sunday–Thursday, 11 a.m.–10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.–11 p.m. Reservations will be accepted and walk-ins welcomed.
“BRIO has enjoyed great success in the Florida market, and we’re excited to bring this upscale, affordable restaurant to The Falls,” said Saed Mohseni, CEO and president, BRAVO | BRIO Restaurant Group Inc. “We’re confident that BRIO will be an excellent restaurant choice for those visiting The Falls, local residents and area businesses.”
Currently, there are 55 BRIO Tuscan Grille restaurants located nationwide. For additional information, visit online at www.brioitalian.com.