IRVINE, Calif., July 2014 – BRIO Tuscan Grille, an upscale restaurant serving authentic, northern Italian cuisine at approachable prices, will open its first Orange County location on July 17, to introduce the authentic flavors of Tuscany to Irvine. Opening at the Irvine Spectrum Center, the new location brings more than 150 jobs to the area and marks the 2nd BRIO Tuscan Grille restaurant in California.
“We’re excited to be able to bring in a chef-driven neighborhood restaurant to Irvine Spectrum Center,” said Stacie Ellis, senior director of marketing for Irvine Company Retail Properties. “BRIO’s made-to-order pastas and northern Italian cuisine will definitely resonate with Orange County food lovers and will be a great addition to all the vast range of dining options here at the center.”
The menu features a wide variety of award-winning dishes prepared by Executive Chef Andre Lane and his hand-selected culinary team, including grilled and oven-roasted steaks, fresh fish, made-to-order pastas, bruschettas and flatbreads.
BRIO Tuscan Grille offers savory appetizers, flavorful entrées and decadent desserts, similar to what one would find in restaurants lining the streets of Tuscany. The menu features classically-prepared dishes made from original recipes, including:
- Pasta Alla Vodka – Handmade Ricotta-filled pasta with crispy pancetta, garlic, basil, and a spicy tomato Parmesan cream sauce
- Tuscan Grilled Pork Chops – Center-cut, marinated in-house and seared on the grill, served with mashed potatoes and roasted vegetables
- Sweet Potato & Chicken Risotto – Roasted chicken, sweet potatoes, pancetta, asparagus, Parmigiano-Reggiano, thyme and pine nuts
- Grilled Salmon Fresca – Grilled asparagus, sweet potatoes, spinach, roasted peppers, pesto vinaigrette, Feta, diced tomatoes and balsamic glaze (From the Lighter Side of Tuscany Menu – 550 calories or less)
Lunch entrées are priced from $10 and dinner entrées begin at $12. The menu also includes a lineup of gluten-free items as well as the “The Lighter Side of Tuscany” menu featuring selections with 550 calories or less.
The Irvine Spectrum Center location will also include a Bar BRIOSO, seating 15-20 guests.
BRIO features happy hour specials including $5 Martini Night Wednesdays, weekend Bellini Brunch, Uncork Your Thursday, and daily food and drink specials in the bar from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.
The restaurant’s villa-like décor will feature hand-crafted Italian mosaics and antique Venetian plaster accented with arched colonnades. An exhibition-style kitchen will offer a view of BRIO’s chefs in action while a spacious circular bar lends the perfect atmosphere for socializing. Measuring 7,451 square-feet, the restaurant has seating for 225 guests including the outdoor terrace which includes a large fire pit. A semi-private dining area accommodates 40 guests and is available for parties and business events.
The Irvine BRIO Tuscan Grille is located at the Irvine Spectrum Center at 618 Fortune Dr., Irvine, CA 92618. The restaurant will be open daily, Sunday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., as well as Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to midnight. Reservations may be made by calling (949) 341-0380. Take-out with convenient online ordering is also available at www.brioitalian.com.
About BRIO Tuscan Grille
BRIO (meaning “lively” or “full of life”) is a chef-driven neighborhood restaurant serving authentic, northern Italian cuisine. The subtitle, “Tuscan Grille” is descriptive in the menu that features wood-grilled and 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 is part of Columbus-based BRAVO | BRIO Restaurant Group (BBRG). Please visit BrioItalian.com for a list of locations, and follow the restaurant on Twitter (@brio_italian) and Facebook (facebook.com/brioitalian).
About BRAVO | BRIO Restaurant Group, Inc.
BRAVO | BRIO Restaurant Group, Inc. is a leading owner and operator of two distinct Italian restaurant brands, BRAVO! Cucina Italiana and BRIO Tuscan Grille. BBRG has positioned its brands as multifaceted culinary destinations that deliver the ambiance, design elements and food quality reminiscent of fine dining restaurants at a value typically offered by casual dining establishments, a combination known as the upscale affordable dining segment. Each of BBRG’s brands provides its guests with a fine dining experience and value by serving affordable cuisine prepared using fresh flavorful ingredients and authentic Italian cooking methods, combined with attentive service in an attractive, lively atmosphere. BBRG strives to be the best Italian restaurant company in America and is focused on providing its guests an excellent dining experience through consistency of execution.
About IRVINE SPECTRUM CENTER
Irvine Spectrum Center is Southern California’s preeminent entertainment and lifestyle destination, visited by more than 17 million people each year. The center features Nordstrom, Macy’s and Target, along with more than 130 stores, restaurants and entertainment venues, including the country’s most successful Improv Comedy Club, as well as Orange County’s most popular movie theater, a 6,400-seat, 21-screen movie theater with an IMAX screen. For more information, please visit ShopIrvineSpectrumCenter.com