If you know me or have been reading my blog, you must know a few things about me by now: Picky eater, cheese lover, & enjoys Italian food. Well, Brio was a great fit for me!
Having been at Brio’s near Southpark in the past, I know of its reputation & atmosphere just had forgotten about it. I’ve normally visited the bar area on a weekend for drinks before heading out somewhere else so getting to dine in the main room was nice.
I headed over with a friend for lunch just to relax & have a little fun. And fun we had & enjoyed some great food/service too!
When you walk in, the hostess is friendly & ensures you’re seated immediately. While there was only the two of us, we were treated to a spacious booth. Great because we like our space J
When you walk into the dining room, you notice the warm colors & low lighting immediately. As we walked to our booth, we passed a wonderful area we’ll try next time. Bar style seating overlooking the kitchen…interesting! And with enough distance from the wood fried oven so you don’t miss any eyebrows J
The seating is great & the room is spacious with booths and tables alike. Our waiter, Robbie, arrived immediately & was happy to tell us all about the specials and the lunch lites.
And when it came to ordering, it was tough I admit. So much great stuff to choose from! While my friend enjoyed the flatbread/salad combo, I went straight for carbs….Pasta Alla Vodka. Oh my it was sooo good! You can have it with pancetta but I did without as the only meats I like are chicken and lamb. The pasta was authentic & handmade…so tender and delicious. The ricotta cheese was just right…not too much not too little. The sauce is delish…yes by the name you guessed it’s a vodka sauce with garlic, basil, parmesan, and tomatoes with a little spice! Yum! While the plate looks smaller than some restaurants, don’t worry, it’s more than enough to fill you up. I even ended up with leftovers. Oh & a side note, ask for a small side of pesto sauce. The mix with the tomato spicy sauce makes the sauce even better!
Wish we had space for dessert…maybe next time.
Now it’s a great place for food, service, great atmosphere but with all that you’ll pay a little for the food too. Though some of the lunch specials were $8.95 with entrée and salad. My dish was $16 but so worth it for me. Though for lunch, maybe a bit more than I’d spend every day.
Now go and enjoy & try out their Bellini Brunch on the weekends!