My family and I entered Brio, Tuscan Grille, to a friendly greeting from many members of the staff. We had the choice of sitting at a table or booth, without having to make reservations. The interior was very inviting, and had a very home feeling to it with many paintings, plants, and open viewing windows to the mall. Our waitress wore way too much perfume, which was distracting and very over-powering.
To start we were served a small basket of sourdough bread and parmesan flat bread. The menu was very well rounded, with over 30 different items to choose from. The kids menu was something you wouldn’t see at other chain restaurants, with their 5 choices of meals. Brio had a choice of 9 very different meals, and "Grande kids" for those kids that have a bigger appetite, and a build your own pizza with 9 different toppings, fresh from the brick oven. Also, you could choose from many different sides and salads! Not something you would expect on a kids menu.
We started with the roasted garlic, spinach and artichoke dip, which also came with the parmesan flat bread encrusted with herbs that went very well with the steaming hot dip. We also had the Brio chopped salad, with tomatoes, olives, onions, feta cheese, and a red wine vinaigrette, which had a very nice over-all taste.
For the main course I enjoyed the mushroom ravioli al forno, with an alfredo sauce, parmesan bread crumbs and fresh tomato chunks. It was placed in a very large bowl and
I had enough to have leftovers, a plus in my book. My father chose to have a gorgonzola encrusted filet, which you could also choose a strip steak. I had to snatch a bite from him; it was cooked perfectly at medium-rare. My mom had a grilled pork chop, and my sisters had spaghetti, and the other a grilled salmon. The adult meals had a side of potatoes and vegetables, which they were very generous with, and the kid’s meals were gigantic.
Brio at the Santan Mall, new to the area, is definitely somewhere my family will be returning in the near future. (This isn’t our first dining experience here.) As a kid, I would say that it is very kid -friendly, or where couples can go for a decent price dinners with leftovers :)