BRIO’s Bringing It This Holiday Season

Posted By : denise/ 697

Jingle All the Way to BRIO Tuscan Grille this Holiday Season my Foodie Friends! BRIO Palm Beach County Locations Present Delicious Holiday Features, Gift Card Deals and Unlimited Cheer

The holidays are just around the corner and BRIO Tuscan Grille will be celebrating in a big way! From seasonal entrées and desserts to gift card incentives, there is something for everyone. BRIO is the perfect gathering spot for friends and family throughout the holiday season.

Oh what fun it will be to eat, drink and be merry at BRIO Tuscan Grille this holiday season! Following jubilant Tuscan tradition, BRIO locations in Palm Beach County will revel in the holiday spirit, welcoming guests to gather ‘round the table to indulge in special seasonal fare. In addition, BRIO is happy to “give the gift of BRIO” to its guests, with bonus gifts for guests who buy $100 in holiday gift cards.

BRIO Palm Beach County locations are at The Shops at Boca Center in Boca Raton, CityPlace in West Palm Beach, and The Gardens Mall in Palm Beach Gardens.

The restaurant just rolled out a few new delicious and indulgent holiday favorites, including a mouthwatering Broiled Main Lobster Tail with Creole Shrimp Pasta, a Surf & Turf of Beef Medallions with jumbo shrimp & Romano crusted eggplant served with white cheddar polenta and for dessert, a Chocolate Layer Cake with Candy Cane Gelato.

BRIO will also offer a two-course prix fixe menu for New Year’s Eve, starting at $29.95.

Seasonal Entrées & Desserts 

“Indulgent cuisine is one of the most exciting parts of Tuscan holiday tradition, and we at BRIO are pleased to present these seasonal dishes infused with delicious flavors,” said BRIO Culinary Director & Chef Alison Peters.

Broiled Maine Lobster Tail & Creole Shrimp Pasta with angel hair, spicy cream sauce, capers, red peppers, green onions and basil ($25.95)

Nice portion of perfectly cooked lobster. The sauce definitely has a kick, so if you are sensitive to heat, be forewarned.

Surf & Turf — Grilled-to-order beef medallions, jumbo black pepper shrimp over Romano crusted eggplant and white cheddar polenta ($28.95)

This was a great rendition of a Surf & Turf. Loved the addition of the Romano crusted eggplant and the white cheddar polenta had a unique flavor and texture. Photo courtesy of BRIO Tuscan Grill

Chocolate Layer Cake with Candy Cane Gelato — Decadent chocolate cake, milk and white chocolate mousse, fudge ganache frosting and candy cane gelato ($6.95)

Call me a traditionalist, but I think I prefer good ol’ vanilla ice cream to go with my decadent chocolate cake over the chosen peppermint flavor.

The perfect accompaniments to a Tuscan-style holiday meal, BRIO’s select white and red wines include the delightful Sketchbook Cabernet Sauvignon (Mendocino, California) priced at $10.95 per glass/$40 per bottle or the truly exquisite Hess Shirtail Chardonnay priced at $9.95 per glass/$38 per bottle.

New Year’s Eve

Guests can celebrate New Year’s Eve in style at BRIO, which will offer a two-course prix fixe menu, including one of the above entrées, along with guests’ choice of soup/salad or petite dessert, starting at $29.95.  The two-course prix fixe menu will be offered 12/30/16 to 1/2/17.

Gifts for Holiday Party Guests 

What is a holiday party without a takeaway gift? Now through Jan. 15, 2017, hosts and guests in parties of 10 or more will receive a $10 off bonus gift for a future visit to BRIO in January or February 2017. The promotion applies to parties hosted Sunday–Thursday.

Gift Card Bonus Offer

With all of the excitement the holidays bring, everyone needs to give themselves a gift! Through Friday, Dec. 30, 2016, BRIO guests who purchase $100 in BRIO gift cards will receive a $20 bonus gift, valid Jan. 1–March 15, 2017. This promotion is available at all BRIO restaurant locations and online at And yet another plus — personalized BRIO gift cards and e-gifts are available!

During the holidays, reservations are highly recommended at BRIO for both private parties and individual guests. Guests can now make reservations online for all BRIO restaurants by visiting For a list of locations, please visit

I tasted these new featured holiday dishes (compliments of BRIO, although all opinions are my own, as always) at the BRIO located at The Shops at Boca Center, 5050 Town Center Circle, Suite 239, Boca Raton, FL 33486.

BRIO offers lunch and dinner, as well as a special children’s menu; brunch is offered Saturday and Sunday until 3:30 p.m. The 8,800-square-foot restaurant has indoor seating for 260 guests and al fresco dining for 100 on its outdoor terrace, as well as a full-service bar that seats 40. BRIO also offers a private dining area that seats 16–48 guests. The restaurant is open Sunday 11:30 a.m.–9 p.m., Monday–Thursday 11:30 a.m.–10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday 11:30 a.m.–11 p.m. For more information, visit For reservations, call The Shops at Boca Center restaurant at (561) 392-3777.


Santa Claus is Sharing Holiday Joy During Breakfasts with Santa,
Including Fun-Filled Activities, at Palm Beach County BRIO Locations in December!


Ho, ho, ho! Santa is making special visits to BRIO Tuscan Grille locations at CityPlace and The Gardens Mall to listen to Christmas wishes and spread holiday cheer. Guests will enjoy a delicious plated breakfast and holiday activities including face painting, holiday crafts, cookie decorating, ornament making, and Christmas carolers. Santa Claus will be visiting tables collecting wish lists, and will also take photos with guests (be sure to bring cameras!)

BRIO’s breakfast will be plentiful with delicious items for both adults and children. Choices on the adult menu include:

  • Eggs, Home Fries & Bacon: Scrambled eggs, bacon, brunch potatoes and brioche toast. Turkey sausage on request.
  • Berries & Cream French Toast: Honey, cinnamon, sweet cream cheese stuffed French toast, fresh berry compote, and Applewood bacon
  • Sicilian Omelette: Cherrywood smoked ham, bacon, Fontanini sausage, caramelized onions, tomato compote, Mozzarella, Provolone and Parmesan cheeses. Served with brunch potatoes.
  • Ham & Biscuit Benedict: Two poached cage free eggs, Cherrywood smoked ham, housemade biscuit and hollandaise. Served with brunch potatoes.

Children’s selections include Kids’ French Toast served with maple syrup and fresh fruit; and Kids’ Scrambled Eggs served with bacon and fresh fruit.

All meals include choice of coffee, tea, soft drink, milk or juice, muffins and yogurt parfait.
Reservations are required for the Breakfast with Santa events.


Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016

9–11 a.m.

BRIO at CityPlace

550 South Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach, FL 33401

(561) 835-1511


Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016

9–11 a.m.

BRIO at The Gardens Mall

3101 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens, FL  33410

(561) 622-0491


$11.95 per adult; $5.95 per child


Reservations are required. Call your local BRIO or visit to reserve for this special Santa event!

Until we eat again…

I send you delicious wishes, xo


Mimi’s Ravioli is WAY more than Ravioli!

Posted By : denise/ 1068

Hello Foodie Friends,

I recently was invited to a media & food blogger event at Mimi’s Ravioli in Hollywood, FL. Although Mimi’s was new to me, this family owned and operated gourmet Italian Market and Catering company has been around for 38+ years serving the local community as well as providing many fine restaurants in the area with their wholesale products.

On this night, Mimi’s opened their doors to us after hours and presented us with an amazing menu of many of their delicious homemade dishes served with Mionetto Prosecco.


Mimi’s hand made fresh Mozzarella


Mimi’s fresh Mozzarella is made hourly, stretched and salted to perfection. Their Mozzarella is a quality cow’s milk based cheese. They served us their Mozzarella & Tomato Caprese (pictured above), as well as fresh Salted Mozzarella and their handcrafted smoked Mozzarella.

Mimi’s Artisan Breads, Facaccia’s, Pizzas and Rolls

All of Mimi’s bread, focaccia’s, pizzas and rolls are made daily. Their gluten rolls have been a favorite for over 30 years, while their Ciabatta breads have now become staples to their ever day success. On this evening, they featured a few different homemade ciabatta breads, their own semolina bread, gluten rolls, sea salt focaccia bread, pepper & onion focaccia and their artichoke focaccia (pictured above).

Mimi’s imported cheese’s oils & balsamics

While I don’t have a pic to share with you of the beautiful display of cheeses, suffice it to say that the 24 month aged Parmigiano Reggiano that they presented us was one of the freshest I have ever had. I was certainly in cheese heaven. Mimi’s imports their Parmigiano Reggiano, Grano Padano, Provolone, Extra Virgin Olive Oils and Balsamic’s. Complimenting the cheeses there was an assortment of soppressata and dry sausages.

Side Dishes

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The sides that were featured tonight were the Farro Salad, a refreshing cold salad with boiled farro, chick peas, red kidney beans, butter beans, fresh red & green peppers, EVOO, sea salt and balsamic vinegar.

Chick pea Salad, a cold salad mixed with chick peas, red onions, sundried tomatoes, celery, red & green peppers, EVOO and splashed with golden white balsamic.

The Eggplant Caponatta Bruschetta, a vibrant mixture of fresh eggplant, onion, celery, tomatoes, olives, capers, basil and pine nuts make this a tasty treat and one of my faves of the three sides I tried.

Hot Handmade Pasta Dishes

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Cheese Ravioli – these cheese ravioli are famous and were served smothered in a delicious creamy vodka sauce. I loved this dish so much that I ended up taking the frozen version home with me.

Pasta al Forno – a Sicilian dish of chopped meat, tomato, onions, green peas, mozzarella, Parmigiano, Pecorino Romano & anelletti pasta.

Vegetable Manicotti – covered in Linda’s sauce, handmade egg crepes filled with broccoli, spinach, bell pepper, mushroom and a hint of skim ricotta and baked in mom’s tomato sauce made with their own San Marzano tomatoes.

Eggplant & Zucchini Lasagna – (No meat or pasta). I had brought some of this home to share with my meat and pasta eating hubby and he even loved this one. Layers of eggplant  and zucchini stacked with tomato sauce and mozzarella form a great lasagna.

Meatballs – Mimi’s own classic beef meat balls baked and sauced with their own marinara sauce.

Chicken Marsala – I am not kidding you when I say this was seriously the best chicken marsala that I remember having. Chicken breast floured and fried and topped with the finest marsala wine and mushroom sauce. It is THAT good! This is another dish I just had to take home from the frozen section.

For the Sweet Tooth

Tonight, Mimi showcased their famous mouth-watering cannoli’s, chocolate mousse cake, ricotta cheese cake, New York style cheese cake and assorted biscotti.

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It was a lovely evening spent with some of the most gracious hosts I have had the pleasure of meeting here in South Florida. One cannot help but feel so welcome by the family and staff who work at Mimi’s. When it came time to say farewell, we were each sent off with goodie bags filled with homemade pasta, fresh marina sauce, grated Pecorino Romano cheese, two small Italian baguettes, a split of Mionetto Prosecco, a bag of wine biscuits and a couple cute Italian hats. The following day, we made the fresh pasta and heated up the sauce, broke out the Prosecco and had a delicious Italian dinner in no time at all.


Mimi’s Ravioli is open Tuesday through Saturday from 8am – 6pm and Sunday 8am – 2pm; closed Mondays. They are located at 5714 Johnson St. in Hollywood.  Check out their website for more info.

Until we eat again…

   I send you delicious wishes, xo