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Brio Tuscan Grille

Vibe: Remember that semester in college you spent in Tuscany? Or maybe it was your honeymoon. Either way, you never forgot the food you sampled in that region. Brio Tuscan Grille brings these culinary memories back. And now, with kids in tow, the whole family will find something to love at this upscale, yet home style, Italian treasure.

Why it's tot-friendly: Children have their very own menu at Brio. And, although there’s nothing unusual about a kids’ menu, Brio’s stands head and shoulders above other kiddie menus because of its sheer variety and sophistication. Your kids will find all their old Italian favorites on here, as well as sides and salads. There’s also more sophisticated fare for your older kiddos. Brio pork chops or grilled salmon, anyone?

Be sure to try: For an appetizer, try the spicy shrimp and egglant or the Italian wedding soup, if offered that day. The crab and shrimp cakes are a house specialty.

Good to know: If you don’t mind a slight wait time, you’ll love the opportunity to eat outside. Also of note, portions are large (gotta love the Italians’ grasp on the concept of family style). Plan to share some entrees and everyone can get a taste of something unique.

Best times to go with kids: Saturday and Sunday brunches are great for families. Who wouldn’t love a bacon, angel hair and Alfredo frittata? Even eggs benedict is given the Italian treatment, served on a toasted brioche roll with Italian-style potatoes.

Updated 3/15/13