Sunday, February 24, 2008

They Do It With Brio

We had a great meal last night at the new Brio Tuscan Grille at Garden State Park in Cherry Hill. In Italian brio (freely translated) means gusto or liveliness. To "do it with brio" means to do it with spirit.
On a Saturday night Brio is lively and crowded. But our reservation was honored promptly and we were seated at a cozy table right in the center of all the action. This is a classy "white table cloth" restaurant but the prices remain competitive and the service is excellent. The atmosphere is old-world but updated. And the most important part - the food - was simply wonderful in every respect: Caesar and chopped salads, lobster bisque soup, veal, crab cakes, shrimp risotto - all superb. Portions were significant without being overwhelming. And every part of the service was nicely timed and paced. BTW: Even the coffee was good.
For dessert we decided to head down the road to the Cold Stone Creamery where we indulged in Oreo overload. Hey, it was Saturday night. Time to shoot the works.

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