Jamie Kuntz, A&E Editor
One of the curses of living in Irving is the tragic lack of good Italian food. It’s especially hard for those suffering from Romesickness. Let’s be real – a frozen Stouffer’s lasagna and $6 wine from Raj’s don’t quite cut it. But don’t lose hope! You won’t need to spend your tuition money on a ticket to Italy in order to have some delicious Italian cooking – it’s only a 20 minute car ride away.
Brio Tuscan Grille is a godsend. The food is delicious, and the wine list is extensive; opening the menu feels a lot like being transported to a restaurant in the heart of Rome. Though you’ll be absolutely stuffed with food by the end of meal, I’m of the mind that you should always get an appetizer. My favorite is the garlic, spinach and artichoke dip, which is served with flatbread. They also have four different kinds of bruschetta (you get mad props for pronouncing it the Italian way!), such as the prosciutto and asparagus or the sliced steak, and if you can’t make up your mind, you can order the Bruschetta Quattro, which is a sampling of all of them.
For the main course, I’m pretty basic and stick with their lasagna, although there are plenty of other options for more adventurous people. The grilled mahi mahi, served with farro, spinach and a tomato basil vinaigrette, is always a popular dish, and if you’ve got a taste for red meat and some extra cash in your pocket you might want to splurge on the Bistecca Alla Fiorentina, which is a 14-ounce strip steak served with mashed potatoes and roasted vegetables.
The only catch is the price. Though the food is sublime and the portions large enough to give you leftovers for days, it is definitely out of the common college student’s price range. I would suggest going during their lunch hours, when the portions are smaller and the food is cheaper, or splitting a meal (and the cost!) with a friend. You could also simply take a seat at the bar and snack on their $3.95 tasters and $5 drinks (although you can only get this deal on a weekday).
Though it’s not very likely that college students can make regular trips to Brio, it would definitely be the place to go for special occasions. After the first bite of food, you’ll be planning ways to save money so you can go again.
Brio Tuscan Grille
SOUTHLAKE TOWN SQUARE / 1431 Plaza Place / Southlake, TX 76092