Brio Tuscan Grille – A Taste of Tuscany In Miami

Brenda Benoit checks out Brio Tuscan Grille in Miami, and is pleasantly surprised with the ambience and service.
By Brenda Benoit

brio inside

On a whim, I picked up one of my daughters early from school in order to try something new. We ended up in a Tuscan Grille not far from home. We started with Fried Calamari, too lazy to order anything more exotic. This Calamari Fritto Misto was a little different though-it was fried to a crisp golden brown and served with two sauces. One white, one red. Not sure which one of the sauces was the best as there were both delicious.

Fried Calamari
Fried Calamari

I was in the mood for crab cakes so we ordered the Crab & Shrimp Cakes. Lump crab and Gulf shrimp, roasted vegetables, and served with a creamy horseradish sauce. The crab cakes were exquisite. The roasted vegetables a little dull. Good and healthy veggies but the taste was just blah.

Crab & Shrimp Cakes.
Crab & Shrimp Cakes.

I am not a fan of chicken breast but my own chicken ordered the Mezza Chicken Under The Brick. It was served with mashed potatoes, vegetables and mushroom Marsala sauce. The potatoes and sauce eaten together with the chicken was divine. Again, the veggies were unexciting.

Mezza Chicken Under The Brick
Mezza Chicken Under The Brick

It was dessert time and we chose the Crème Brulee. No way to go wrong here: it was blissful.

Crème Brulee
Crème Brûlée
Assorted Desserts
Assorted Desserts

brio outside

Was this a brilliant example of authentic Tuscan food in Miami? Of course not. For that, you have to go to Tuscany.
Was it a fun place to be and eat? Yes indeed. The service was great, the food was good and the atmosphere was very pleasant.
We are visiting Brio Tuscan Grille again. Soon.

BRIO – The Falls
8888 SW 136th Street
Miami, Fl 33176
(305) 234-0012

http://www.brioitalian.com

Brenda Benoit

Brenda Benoit was born in the city of St. George’s in Grenada and grew up in Caracas, Venezuela. She has been living in Miami for over 20 years, loves to cook, eat and to try new restaurants & cuisines - always with her camera as a companion. She's a dedicated cookbook collector and is in the process of writing one of her own.

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2 Comments
  1. None of those dishes are in any way related to tuscan cuisine.
    I’m French and spent numerous delicious times in numerous places of tuscany wich as a LOT of different specialties but i’ve never seen fried calamari, crab of ani sort nor crème brûlée (when it was on the menue, it was always as a french dish, wich it is).

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