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Brio Tuscan Grille


11401 N.W. 12th Street
Sweetwater, FL 33172
305- 629-8991


I have always been a fan of Brio Tuscan Grille and I have been to both Central Florida locations. Brio is really good at serving up consistent and authentic Italian food in what the restaurant deems as a “polished casual” atmosphere. Recently on one of my many visits to Miami, which is my second home, by the way, I was invited to check out the newest Florida location of Brio Tuscan Grille at the Dolphin Mall, and of course I couldn't resist.

In case you have not been to a Brio yet or are unfamiliar with the brand, Brio is part of Columbus based BRAVO|BRIO Restaurant Group (BBRG). Founded in 1992, BBRG currently operates more than 100 restaurants including Bravo Cucina Italiana, Brio Tuscan Grille, and Bon Vie Bistro.

Brio Tuscan Grille serves up authentic northern Italian cuisine with a menu that features oven roasted steaks, chops, seafood, made-to-order pastas, flatbreads and entree salads, similar to what one would find in a ristorante in Tuscany. Brio also offers an ample dessert menu, and a full wine and cocktail list. Brio’s philosophy is “to eat well, is to live well”, and they strive to bring the pleasure of the Tuscan country villa to the American city.

On Sept. 17, Brio Tuscan Grille, opened a location at the newly expanded wing of Dolphin Mall in Miami, Florida. The restaurant is the 14th location in Florida, and provides a “taste of Tuscany” to Miami-Dade’s largest retail shopping center.


The beautiful new 7,500 square-foot Miami restaurant offers indoor seating for 226 guests, and al fresco dining for up to 89 on two Italian-style terraces. A private dining area accommodates groups for up to 40 guests.

BRIO’s villa-like interior features details such as antique hardwood cypress flooring, arched colonnades, hand-crafted Italian mosaics, antique doors, hand crafted walls covered in an antique Venetian plaster, Arabescato marble-imported from Italy, and sizable wrought-iron chandeliers.

I love a good calamari, but it’s hard to find somewhere that does it right. The Calamari Fritto Misto at Brio was Perfetto, as in Perfect. The calamari was a crispy golden brown and served with peperoncini, creamy aioli, and a nice pomodoro sauce for dipping.

Bruschetta Quattro is perfect for sharing,or as a whole meal itself. You really can’t go wrong with a sampling of four housemade bruschettas. You get a Tomato Caprese Bruschetta, Sliced Steak Bruschetta, Roasted Red Pepper and Mozzarella Bruschetta and a Chicken Florentine Bruschetta. All of them were very delicious and quite tasty.

The Pasta Fra Diavolo is composed of campanelle pasta, spicy tomato cream sauce, green onions and your choice of chicken or shrimp. The flavors in this pasta dish were intense and flavorful with the perfect amount of spice for the diavolo or devil in you that likes it hot!

My dish of Chicken Milanese featured two generous portions of crispy Romano chicken, herb pasta and fresh Mozzarella in a housemade Pomodoro sauce. The Chicken Milanese is a rather simple and classic dish, but it is filled with exceptional flavor as the chicken cutlets are battered and fried to perfection.

Brio means “lively” or “full of life” and that is certainly what you will find at any Brio Tuscan Grille location. As I said earlier, I really enjoy the Central Florida locations and Brio has proven to be very consistent across the board at every location I have been to. Of course it goes without saying, that in many parts of Miami and the surrounding areas, they have a reputation for being glitzy, glamorous, playful, and very stylish. The Dolphin Mall location certainly lives up to that billing, as it is everything you would expect from Brio, with a touch of Miami spice.

Brio at Dolphin Mall is open seven days a week Sunday to Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to Midnight.


They also feature a weekend Brunch from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Reservations and call-ahead seating will be accepted and walk-ins welcomed. For reservations, please call (305) 629-8991

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Giordano's

Tastes Of Orlando6203 W Sand Lake Rd.
Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 377-0022

The origins of the Chicago-style deep-dish pizza go back to 1943, and most believe that the original Pizzeria Uno in Chicago and its owner Ike Sewell had a hand in inventing the monstrous creation. However, a 1956 article from the Chicago Daily News says that Uno's original pizza chef Rudy Malnati developed the original recipe. By the mid 1970s, Pizzeria Uno was so successful, that it provided the inspiration for two now famous Chicago chains, Nancy's Pizza,founded by Rocco Palese, and Giordano's Pizzeria, operated by brothers Efren and Joseph Boglio, to open their own restaurants.

In an effort to keep with traditions but stand out as something different than what Uno was offering, they began experimenting with deep dish pizza and created the "Stuffed Pizza". Palese based his creation on his mother's recipe for scarciedda, an Italian Easter pie from his hometown of Potenza. Giordanos creation began in a small northern Italian town near Torino where mama Giordano was famous for her most beloved meal known as “Italian Easter Pie”.

As you can see, both establishments have a similar background and story, and both were often making headlines and news stories for the huge pies they served, but this led to a never ending debate. To this day, you can easily start an argument with just about anybody from Chicago by asking..."Who was first..Nancy's or Giordano's" If you want to see more info about the great pie debate, Go Here and take a look at another review I did for Chicago's Stuffed Pizza , a newcomer to Orlando and to the whole Pizza vs. Pie debate. 

Giordano's has three Central Florida locations mostly all close to the attractions and resort areas. For my visit I went to the one on Sand Lake Road. The other two locations are on W. Irlo Bronson highway in Kissimmee  and S. Apopka Vineland road in Orlando.

In addition to all of the famous deep dish pizza pies, Giordano's serves up a nice selection of appetizers and salads. Some of the featured items include: Tomato Bruschetta, Chicken Wings, Garlic Parmesan Fries and Fired Calamari.

If you are not in the mood for Pizza, They also serve up some pretty good sandwich choices. The sandwich menu includes the Chicken Parmesan, Italian Market Deli, Mamma's Meatball Sub and the popular Italian Beef Sandwich. For a different take on the classic Italian Beef sandwich, you can order the Northside Italian Beef and have all of the ingredients cooked inside Giordano's legendary pizza dough.

Tastes Of OrlandoWe started with an order of the Ripe Tomato Bruschetta with diced tomatoes, olive oil, fresh mozzarella and basil on crispy garlic toast with a balsamic glaze. This was one of the better Tomato Bruschetta's I've had.
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For our pie selection we chose The Special with sausage, mushrooms, green peppers and onions.
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Compared to other Pizza Pies I have had, I enjoyed Giordano's a little bit more simply because it was more edible. What I mean by that is that the pie was not too thick and heavy, but just the right size.



Of course there are a few dessert selections available at Giordano's as well like Tiramisu, Mini Cannoli, Chocolate Layer Cake and even a S'mores Pie. It all sounded very tempting, but after consuming so much bread and cheese, there was no room left. Perhaps next time.

I really enjoyed Giordano's and plan on going there again sometime soon. I was impressed on my recent visit with all of the nice people from Chicago eating there. They all told me that Giordano's is legit....and that's a good thing. Great pies, great foods, and great for family get togethers.


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