It was the night before Christmas Eve and my friend and I were heading to The Mall at Millenia in Orlando. We finished our last minute shopping and decided it was time for dinner. We were a little nervous wondering if we would be able to find a restaurant that didn't have an hour long wait. Low and behold, there was Brio. I’ve been to their sister restaurant, Bravo, many times so I was certainly intrigued. We walked up to the podium and crossed our fingers...they sat us immediately!
After taking our drink order, our waitress brought over our bread basket. My first impression of a restaurant always comes from the bread...and this bread was yummy; warm and fluffy on the inside and crusty on the outside - perfect for melting butter! After serving such great bread, I knew only good things could come. We ordered the spinach and artichoke dip and the lobster bisque for apps. Both were delectable! Their lobster bisque is some of the best I’ve ever tasted! It was very flavorful and absolutely enough for two people. The spinach and artichoke dip was extra creamy and the flatbread that’s served with it is also delicious.
For entrees I ordered the Pasta Brio, rigatoni topped with grilled chicken, mushrooms and roasted red pepper sauce, and my friend ordered the Gorgonzola Crusted Bistecca, an 8 oz filet topped with Gorgonzola. When our dishes arrived, we quickly dug in....annnnd then I realized I wasn’t brought the actual dish I ordered. I was brought was the Chicken Pomodoro Classico, which was actually my second choice. It consisted of angel hair pasta topped with perfectly grilled chicken, ripe tomatoes, pine nuts, fresh basil, and Parmigiano-Reggiano. It was delish!
Since our waitress wasn’t the one who brought over these entrees, she noticed right away this wasn't the dish I ordered. It took her about five minutes to bring the dish I had actually ordered and then let me keep both! Even though The Chicken Pomodoro was really tasty I still preferred the Pasta Brio. It was absolutely heavenly! The rigatoni, the seasoned grilled chicken and velvety red pepper sauce put it over the top! It was a wonderful pasta combination!
We couldn't leave without having a little something sweet, so we decided we would try their Dolchino Sampler. It came with five of their individual desserts - each being about the size of a shot glass. My favorite was the Milk Chocolate Caramel Cake. The moist chocolate cake was layered with chocolate ganache and caramel and then topped with chocolate frosting – completely decadent! When the bill came our waitress explained that dessert was going to be on the house due to the entree mix up! It felt like Christmas had come two days early! Excellent service and an excellent meal, what more could we ask for?! We will definitely be back!!