When I first moved back to Houston about five years ago, Brio Tuscan Grille in City Centre was one of my go to spots. I cannot really say why it fell out of rotation, but after my most recent visit it is DEF back on the list. October just so happens to be National Pasta Month. To celebrate, Brio Tuscan Grille created a two course pre fixe menu featuring some great pasta dishes. Yesterday, myself and a friend of mine had the pleasure of sampling the whole menu! So, I am here to give you all of the National Pasta Month at Brio Tuscan Grille highlights!
To celebrate fall, Brio introduced two apple cocktails, Apple Crisp Cooler and a Caramel Apple Cider Martini. I typically do not go for two cocktails, but hey when in Rome! While the martini had cider in the name, the real cider flavor comes from the crisp cooler cocktail. In fact it tastes like spiked apple cider with hints of cinnamon. The martini had similar flavors, but adding in Captain Morgans made this one stronger and my favorite!
The menu includes two courses. To start, we sampled the caesar salad and the brio chopped salad. The caesar salad was standard fare, so if you like generally like caesar salad you will like this one as well. The chopped salad was equally good and more flavors than the caesar. My favorite of this course though was the lobster bisque! SO good. Large hunks of lobster, plus a thick base equals perfect for me!
The Pasta Month Menu features If you want me to tell you which of the three pastas to pick during your visit you are in for a disappointment. I genuinely liked all three of them! First up was the Pasta Pesto a lighter angel hair pasta dish for you healthier pasta eaters. The pesto sauce is light, but does not miss out on flavor. Plus there are plenty of veggies included like spinach and tomatoes!
Next, we tried Pasta Fra Diavolo. Now, I do not know Italian, but I know that diavolo usually means some spice will be involved, so sign me up! This dish includes a spicy tomato cream sauce with shrimp and campanelle pasta. Like I said this dish has some kick to it, plus with the large bell shaped pasta you get nice amounts of sauce with each bite. Yum!
Finally, their most popular pasta is the Lobster & Shrimp Ravioli. Maybe I was just stuffed from all of the other pasta, but the large ravioli seemed very filling. This sauce on this dish was thicker than the pesto yet lighter than the diavolo. The addition of spinach made this one of my favorites!
Okay so remember I was sharing all of this with my friend! Thankfully she’s not as greedy as me and basically let me inhale those desserts. This actually could be sabotage now that I think about it. Anywho, the jest of this is, BOTH desserts on the menu are good. So take a friend, order them both and “offer” to share.
So first up was a chocolate bread pudding with a scoop of vanilla gelato. Bread puddings can often be too mushy or over cooked. The perfect dish falls somewhere in the middle and Brio nailed it! I would have been good with just that but of course, the salted caramel cookie sundae was calling my name. Served warm, this dish is baked in a small skillet and topped with vanilla gelato. I generally like chewy or super soft cookies, but this one had a good crunch on the edge where the butteriness came together. So good!
Look if you haven’t been to Brio in awhile like me it’s time to stop back over and see what you have been missing! The pasta month deal runs through October 29th! Be sure to stop by to try it ALL.