Story, photos by Cassie Hepler
Imagine a chain restaurant grades above an Olive Garden that uses fresh ingredients daily and and quality flavors. Offering the high energy of a chop house paired with the lively atmosphere of an Italian restaurant, meet New Jersey’s BRIO Tuscan Grille. With rotating seasonal dishes on the menu, BRIO in Cherry Hill Town Place in Cherry Hill, N.J. and the Promenade at Sagemore in Marlton, N.J. are inviting guests to tempt their tastebuds and think outside of the Garden mentality.
Whether you’re stopping in for a quick bite, happy hours to die for or toasting a milestone of life and love moments, it’s a casual yet upscale space with smiles on most everyone’s face. Brio Catering also offers quite impressive pricing starting at $18 a head for a 3 course meal. Whether you need a meal for 4 or 50, they’ve got you covered.
When walking into BRIO Tuscan Grille, we were immediately met with warm smiles and anticipation of an amazing Italian meal. The menu features fresh, prepared to order classic dishes from regional Italian recipes and the ambiance mirrors that of a lively family gathering with large table options and leisurely eating pace, much like Italy. The best ingredient however is the wonderful team. The GM would pop by herself every half hour or so and ask us how we were, offer suggestions and tell us how her “family” have all been there for years – a fine feat in the volatile restaurant industry. Just like they nurture their dishes, they nurture their team members.
Will we be back? For sure once across the Ben Franklin bridge. In the meantime, we recommend checking it out even if you just dip your toe in for happy hour.
BRIO (meaning “lively” or “full of life”) is a “polished casual” restaurant serving authentic, northern Italian cuisine. The subtitle, “Tuscan Grille” is descriptive in the menu that features oven-roasted steaks, chops and seafood, similar to what one would find in an authentic ristorante in Tuscany. BRIO’s philosophy is “to eat well, is to live well;” which is why it only uses the finest and freshest ingredients. BRIO brings the pleasure of the Tuscan country villa to the American city. 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. Please visit the website for BRIO locations at www.brioitalian.com and follow the restaurant on Twitter (@brioitalian) and Facebook (facebook.com/brioitalian)