The Colosseum, in a restaurant?
BRIO Tuscan Grille is a charming, Tuscan-style restaurant set in the center of Town Square. BRIO's spacious décor features a 269-seat interior, complete with a Colosseum-style circular dining room, which can be curtained off for private parties. A 206-seat exterior patio is great for warm-weather dining, sipping on cocktails, and watching the passersby.
Handcrafted mosaics, antique doors, Cypress wood flooring and arched colonnades add to the Tuscan-villa charm of the restaurant, but the food brings you there. Bruschettas, flatbreads, pastas, chicken, steaks and veal -- the food is the Lucciano Pavarotti of the restaurant. The décor is the José Carreras, if you will.
A meal could start out with an assortment of fresh bruschetta toppings, like roasted red peppers, fresh mozzarella and julienned basil atop crusty toasted Italian bread and drizzled with aged balsamic vinegar. Flatbreads are thinly rolled and topped with traditional margherita-style toppings like thinly sliced tomato, fresh mozzarella and fresh basil or more hearty sausage and pepperoni with ricotta cheese.
Appetizers include beef carpaccio with parmigiano-reggiano cheese and spicy shrimp peperonata. Palate-pleasing gorgonzola-encrusted lamb chops are perfectly balanced with sautéed spinach. Other appetizers include a sinfully rich and creamy lobster bisque topped with chopped shrimp and a drizzle of sherry.
Roasted garlic, spinach and artichoke dip and calamari fritto misto are classic appetizers, great for sharing.
For entrées, select from an assortment of chicken, pork, lamb chops, dinner salads, steaks and seafood. Also try the specialties of the house, including chicken Milanese pomodoro, pork tenderloin al forno, BRIO crab cakes, shrimp arrabbiata risotto, and whole roasted chicken in a lemon pepper marinade.
Tender veal scaloppini, coated in breadcrumbs and fried to a golden-brown, the veal Milanese is served with arugula, tomatoes, white wine, lemon and caper sauce and is a crispy, warm and comforting dish.
Pastas include sacchetti formagio, pasta filled with ricotta cheese and tossed in a parmigiano-reggiano cream with prosciutto and pine nuts. Try inventive dishes like roasted chicken and butternut squash risotto, or pasta BRIO, served with wood grilled chicken, seared mushrooms and roasted red pepper sauce.
Garganelli carbonara is a house specialty, served with a light cream sauce, strips of wood-grilled chicken, crisp bacon and parmigiano-reggiano cheese.
Desserts include homemade treats like tiramisu, orange brûlée, cheesecake with raspberries and white chocolate bread pudding. Milk chocolate caramel cake is rich and creamy, with thick, gooey globs of caramel between velvety chocolate cake and drizzled with chocolate sauce and whipped cream.
BRIO also does brunch on Saturday and Sunday. Enjoy fresh made frozen bellinis, a delicious French toast with wild berries, eggs benedictano, grilled salmon and sweet potato hash and crab or roasted turkey crepes.
BRIO is a casual-upscale, white-tablecloth restaurant with over 24 locations nationwide. The restaurant brings its casual-upscale fare to Las Vegas with a 9,400-square- foot restaurant. A 35-foot replica of the Roman Colosseum, an exhibition-style kitchen, indoor and outdoor seating all add to BRIO's delicious and delightful experience.
-- Review By Nikki Neu