Brio Tuscan Grille opened a few months ago at Fashion Place Mall right between Nordstroms and H&M. I first visited Brio in St. Louis where I went several times for lunch. I was excited to see them come to Salt Lake City. If you are in the mood for some great tasting pasta, then this is a step up from their neighbors to the South at Cheesecake Factory. Turns out also that the desert doesn’t really play second fiddle either. It was one of the best desserts I’ve ever had. (I know I say that a lot, just wait for the picture!) Price wise, you should expect to pay $15-$25 dollars per entrée.
I feel it necessary to include this picture, because even though this place sure does look and feel like a fancy restaurant, they do a good job to cater to families. Our waitress asked our kids if they would like a ball of pizza dough to play with, not your usual option at any restaurant, they of course were excited. Brio will even offer to cook their little pizza creations in the brick oven if you would like. We gave a dough ball to our little man above to play with. Levi loves to stick pretty much anything in his mouth, so we had to put a pacifier his mouth. Well we turned our heads for a minute, and what did the little ham do? He threw out the pacifier and started wolfing down that pizza dough! Monica had to yank it out, and stick her finger in his mouth to remove the extra dough. hahaha. It was a fun experience.
The above is just a picture of one of the three choices for side salad. Nothing too fancy about it. It tasted alright enough. If you would like a heartier salad to serve as an entrée, I spied a sliced steak salad on the menu, that I remember some colleagues in St. Louis order. I remember it getting fabulous reviews.
I was also pleased to find they offered lobster bisque to go with your meal as well. It was creamy with little chunks of lobster mixed in. I loved the taste, and appreciated the fact it was nice and creamy so I could give some to the baby. Levi loved it! Now on to the kid’s meals.
We were all pretty jealous of my daughter’s pizza, and each of us ended up stealing a slice (or two). The pepperoni was huge and tasty. It was so good; I’m going to be really tempted to get a larger one just for me on my next visit.
My son who loves fish got the salmon plate. Oddly enough he even loves broccoli. Believe me, that wasn’t me who taught him that, but I’m not complaining. You can see from the picture the salmon was grilled and juicy. He didn’t touch his mashed potatoes, which is still a mystery to me as to why my kids won’t eat mashed potatoes. (I’m from Idaho)
This plate was incredible. I like how they kept the house made pomodoro sauce around the outside of the plate, so you could really taste the fresh herb pasta. It was cheesy and herb-y (I know it’s not a word) at the same time. The sauce had a great tomato taste. The chicken was lightly fried without the oily greasy taste, and the mozzarella cheese they put on top was just right. This was a really well done Italian dish, and the portion size was huge. I was impressed.
I don’t know if this picture really gives you a sense of how big the lasagna was. It was a huge plate and it was heavy. They don’t skimp out on the lasagna. The sausage they used was really cooked well, and I liked how they snuck in alfredo sauce along with Bolognese sauce. It is almost like having two different lasagna flavors in the same dish. My wife and I ended up cutting in and half and splitting both our meals. I almost wish there was a trio platter of some sort, where you cans sample two or three different dishes. I guess this means we will just have to keep coming back to Brio.
Okay I will reward your patience with the desert pic, even though it is a tad bit blurry. EDIT: Okay it’s more than just a “tad” bit blurry.
This bread pudding was the one desert to rule them all. They should name an entire new zone in Candy Lane after this stuff. I’d probably go there to retire. That swimming pool around the bread pudding isn’t melted ice cream; it was this creamy pecan(y) syrup for dunking your bread in.
I really enjoyed Brio. I believe it will really do well at Fashion Place mall and take a lot of business from Cheesecake Factory and Olive Garden. This has really good Italian food!