BRIO Tuscan GrilleBRIO (meaning “lively” or “full of life”) is an upscale affordable restaurant serving authentic, northern Italian cuisine. The subtitle, “Tuscan Grille” is descriptive in the menu that features wood-grilled and oven-roasted steaks, chops and seafood, similar to what one would find in an authentic ristorante in Tuscany. BRIO is part of Columbus-based BRAVO|BRIO Restaurant Group (BBRG). Founded in 1992, BBRG currently operates more than 95 restaurants including BRAVO! Cucina Italiana, BRIO Tuscan Grille and Bon Vie Bistro. Please visit the website for BRIO locations at www.brioitalian.com and follow the restaurant on Twitter ( twitter.com/brioitalian) and Facebook ( facebook.com/brioitalian).Photos/Multimedia Gallery Available: http://www.businesswire.com/cgi-bin/mmg.cgi?eid=50244239&lang=en
Spring has sprung, and it’s the perfect time for BRIO Tuscan Grille, a BRAVO|BRIO Restaurant Group (NASDAQ: BBRG) concept, to introduce a variety of new menu items, including its special spring menu, new Tuscan Tasters bar bites menu additions and $5 weekday drink specials at all of its locations nationwide.
Tuscan Taster offering, Four Cheese Pizzetta. Gorgonzola Dolce, Mozzarella, Provolone, and Parmesan cheeses. Topped with fresh arugula and sliced tomatoes. (Photo: Business Wire)Fresh New Menu Items Welcome in Spring BRIO’s spring menu, available Tuesday, April 17, includes delectable new starters such as Chilled Tomato Caprese Bruschetta, and Tuscan Stuffed Peppers. A new entrée salad, Insalata Roma, tricolore tossed with grapes, roasted red peppers, diced Roma tomatoes and topped with grilled asparagus; and the Chicken a La Fresco including tricolore with diced Roma, yellow grape and vine-ripened tomatoes, grilled thinly sliced chicken with a balsamic glaze and Ciabatta toast, are ideal light and tasty dishes. Two new made-to-order pastas include Ravioli Di Bello (Portobello ravioli with Cremini mushrooms, tomatoes, Reggiano and fresh thyme in a light champagne brown butter sauce); and Sausage Peperonata Pomodoro (spaghetinni pasta tossed with grilled fennel sausage, marinara sauce, shaved garlic, grape tomatoes and basil). Swordfish Grigliata provides a wonderful Tuscan twist to a seafood favorite, and BRIO Mixed Grill is a delightful combination of lemon rosemary marinated chicken, beef tenderloin and seasoned marinated shrimp skewers. To complete their delicious spring meal, guests can enjoy their new dolchino desserts White Chocolate Berry Budino, Hazelnut Chocolate Budino, or Butterscotch Budino, delicately prepared with housemade pudding and luscious ingredients. Happy Hour Gets Tastier with Bar Menu Additions The enticing new items now on BRIO’s popular Tuscan Tasters bar menu are excellent choices for those who desire a sample of Tuscan flavors. The Tuscan Tasters bar menu is offered every Monday through Friday in the bar area only during designated times in the afternoon/evening/nighttime and features the new standouts Tuscan Lettuce Wraps filled with spicy Bolognese and Pepperonata topped with red peppers and Feta cheese; Four Cheese Pizzetta, homemade pizza dough topped with Gorgonzola Dolce, Mozzarella, Provolone and Parmesan cheeses and topped with fresh arugula, sliced tomatoes and olive oil; and Crispy Shrimp Piccante, Romano breaded shrimp served on a bed of field greens, chipotle aioli, green onions and red peppers. The new items are in addition to a delicious array of Tuscan Tasters favorites. BRIO has also added a variety of new $5 drink specials on select wines, housemade sangria and martinis, providing a wonderful complement to any meal. The specials are now available Monday through Friday during Tuscan Taster bar menu times. As for vino, Pinot Grigio, Tavolo Matto; Chardonnay, Tavolo Matto; and Rosso, Tavolo Matto; all from Veneto, Italy, are offered for $5 per glass. Housemade sangrias available for $5 by the glass are Sangria Rosa and White Peach Sangria. BRIO’s $5 martinis are sure to please any martini enthusiast: Martini Classico, Cosmo Classico, Pomegranate Cosmo and Black Raspberry Cosmo. Mojitos featured on the $5 drink special list are Mojito Classico, Mango Mojito and Strawberry Mojito. Availability varies by location. “We enjoy bringing new, delicious creations to our menu, and spring is a wonderful time to introduce new flavors and drink specials to our guests,” said BRIO Tuscan Grille Director of Marketing, Nicole Roope. “Our new menu items celebrate a fresh start to spring, with light dishes, pasta selections topped with vegetables and our delicious BRIO Mixed Grille offering that features a combination of marinated chicken, beef tenderloin and seasoned and marinated shrimp. We’ve also updated our Tuscan Taster bar menu and added a variety of $5 drink specials, offering great value in our bar area.”