Exceptional cuisine, live entertainment and unobtrusive service define this popular Dana Point restaurant
Thanks to Brio Tuscany Grille, I recently indulged in an evening filled with impeccable service, amazing Italian food and live music. If you haven’t had a chance to try this restaurant out, it will undeniably exceed your expectations.
From the moment I walked in I knew I was going to have an enjoyable experience. I didn’t have a reservation, but they graciously sat our party right away. The lighting was turned down and the live music was just starting, adding to the overall ambiance. The music to made us want to get out of our chairs and dance, but wasn’t so loud that we needed to raise our voices to be heard across the table. Our server was extremely accommodating and patient with our indecisiveness over the menu (everything just sounded so good!).
We began our dining experience with great conversation and a glass of wine. We ordered a glass of Kaiken, a Malbec, rich with blueberry and plum notes and a velvety finish. For starters, we settled on the Mare Platter which arrived with buttermilk-battered calamari fritti, seared ahi tuna and wild pacific blue shrimp scampi. Absolutely delicious and great for sharing! Another popular appetizer is the Antipasto Italiano Platter that includes a variety of flavorful cured meats (Proscuitto di Parma and artisan salame), fresh buffalo mozzarella, Tuscan olives, grilled artichoke hearts, roasted bell peppers and toasted ciabatta bread.
For the main course, I went with the Penne con Salsiccia Italiana- Grilled Italian sausages, sautéed with roasted bell peppers, sweet baby peas, mushrooms and house made marinara sauce (they even offer a gluten-free pasta). The authenticity of this dish and generous portions reminded me of dinners at my Italian grandmother’s home, savoring one of her amazing home cooked meals.
Italian food is always my first choice when dining out, and I would highly recommend Brio Tuscany Grille for any occasion – it’s the perfect destination for a romantic date night or fun evening out with friends.