Having spent time in Europe I realized quickly that risotto is to Italy what rice is to Asia! An Italian staple for centuries, risotto done right is now available at Brio Tuscan Grille for all! Located in Crabtree Valley Mall, this restaurant is a great place to enjoy lunch, bar bites, dinner or weekend brunch.
Per their press release, “It’s a Risotto Celebration” menu, available now until Sunday, March 25, 2018. This limited-time selection includes four chef-inspired risotto entrées, which all feature high-quality ingredients and are made from scratch. In addition, the menu includes three original cocktails, created to compliment BRIO’s new risotto dishes, and a decadent dessert.
I am a big fan of this restaurant because although a chain, it never feels like cookie cutter cuisine and this limited time only special should inspire you to make plans to dine there soon! We went at lunchtime and entered their bright and airy dining space. Only fresh good food comes out of their open kitchen and it shows. But before I get into how great the food is, let me tell you about their amazing cocktails!
There are three distinctive cocktails that are included on this special menu. My husband and I tried The Maple Bourbon Smash (Maker’s Mark, Monin Maple, lemon juice, rosemary simple syrup, dash of bitters, orange garnish) and Bulleit Rosa ( Bulleit Rye whiskey, lemon juice, simple syrup, 19 Crimes Red Blend, lemon twist garnish). They were the perfect start to what was to come.
Of their four risotto themed dishes, we had the following:
Shrimp Risotto & Broiled Lobster Tail: mushrooms, red peppers, asparagus, and basil
Sea Scallop Risotto: pan seared sea scallops, ratatouille vegetables, basil, and red peppers
Although hard to choose among four great dishes, we opted for the Sea Scallop Risotto and the Shrimp Risotto & Broiled Lobster Tail because we are seafood lovers. WOW is the word that comes to mind when speaking of these dishes. Risotto is all about the cooking method. Not cooked well enough and it is hard. Overcooking risotto and you end up with nothing but mush. Brio got it exactly right! The scallops were in a red sauce and the shrimp & lobster in a light oil sauce. We actually exchanged plates halfway through because neither of us could decide which one was best! Only YOU can be the judge, but the shrimp & lobster was my fave.
We ended lunch with the featured dessert, a molten chocolate cake with mascarpone cream, white chocolate raspberry gelato. It was as good as it looks too and wonderful to share with that special someone!
SobeSavvy Tip: BRIO Tuscan Grille’s tempting Valentine’s Day menu features this decadent dessert, along with enticing cocktails, delicious starters and entrees. This offer is available during lunch/dinner, Friday, Feb. 9 – Sunday, Feb.18.
Brio Tuscan Grille
4325 Glenwood Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27612
15 thoughts on “#VisitBrio for #ValentinesDay and enjoy delicious made-from scratch risotto dishes and more! @BrioItalian”
Wow! What a mouthwatering menu selection! Must plan a Brio date real soon!
I’ve been wanting to try this restaurant! The food looks delicious!!
I have to confess that there’s a Brio’s near my house and I have yet to go but now I have to. Everything looks so delicious, especially the shrimp risotto. There goes my diet!!
That sweet potato risotto sounds delicious. This place is worth a try.
I would definitely give the sweet potato and chicken risotto a try!
Everything looks delicious! I love Brio!
Oh goodness, I LOVE risotto. Need to check it out!
Oh my goodness, seriously, stop the presses, I need a dinner date here ASAP! Everything you have here is pretty much my definition of “omg omg yum!”
This is right up my alley. I love risotto, but it is so labor intensive I never want to cook it. If I can get a good risotto for a good price, I’m all for it.
Yummy! It all looks so delicious!
Thanks Rebecca, it was so delicious.
This place looks and sounds amazing. I will definitely have to visit the next time I am in Raleigh 🙂
-xo, Azanique | http://www.lotsofsass.com
It’s quite delicious and conveniently next to the mall!