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BRIO (LOCATION AT TIVOLI VILLAGE) ******           LOCATION:  LAS VEGAS Website: http://www.brioitalian.com/dinner-at-tivoli_village.html Brio is a chain of restaurants posing as a Tuscan Grille. I use the word “posing” consciously, because in my opinion the cuisine offered in this particular establishment had little to do with authentic culinary delights of this beautiful region in Italy. Unless the Chefs there rejoice in taking great quantities of sugar and happily dumping it into anything that cannot save itself by escaping. At least that is how those dishes (mine and the ones ordered by my dinner companion) tasted to us: we both agreed that whoever created the menu must have heavily adjusted the recipes to please the American palate, which, let’s face it, craves a lot more sugary flavors than people anywhere else in the world. Things that are not supposed to be even remotely sweet (like bread or meat!) contain tons of that stuff. But anyway, moving on. Besides that little flaw the food turned out to be nicely presented and still on the edible side. We did finish what we ordered, but certainly without any great cheers of enthusiasm. As far as the interior is concerned, I found the overall impression to be somewhat cheap and tacky. The bare tables (that’s right, not even a hint of a tablecloth, not even a paper one!) were not all-too-clean; ours was actually kind of sticky. The lights would have been great if you were in a football stadium, in a restaurant they, alas, rather failed to achieve the intimate and romantic atmosphere one would hope for when taking a date out to dinner. The open kitchen works in a lot of places, but here it did not. Perhaps because it strongly evoked the impression of a factory cafeteria, again probably not the most desirable effect one would be going for. The only spot I would recommend if you really must go there would be the terrace, which surprisingly enough really was quite lovely, with dim little lights and cozy atmosphere. Nevertheless, if you are not forced to visit this eatery by some evil and unfortunate turn of events (for example it’s the favorite establishment of your mother-in-law), I would make it a point to stay away. There are a lot of Italian restaurants much nicer than this one. With life being so short, why would you waste what little precious time you have on God’s green Earth frequenting a place so utterly devoid of charm or gourmet appeal?
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BRIO (LOCATION AT TIVOLI VILLAGE) ******           LOCATION:  LAS VEGAS Website: http://www.brioitalian.com/dinner- at-tivoli_village.html Brio is a chain of restaurants posing as a Tuscan Grille. I use the word “posing” consciously, because in my opinion the cuisine offered in this particular establishment had little to do with authentic culinary delights of this beautiful region in Italy. Unless the Chefs there rejoice in taking great quantities of sugar and happily dumping it into anything that cannot save itself by escaping. At least that is how those dishes (mine and the ones ordered by my dinner companion) tasted to us: we both agreed that whoever created the menu must have heavily adjusted the recipes to please the American palate, which, let’s face it, craves a lot more sugary flavors than people anywhere else in the world. Things that are not supposed to be even remotely sweet (like bread or meat!) contain tons of that stuff. But anyway, moving on. Besides that little flaw the food turned out to be nicely presented and still on the edible side. We did finish what we ordered, but certainly without any great cheers of enthusiasm. As far as the interior is concerned, I found the overall impression to be somewhat cheap and tacky. The bare tables (that’s right, not even a hint of a tablecloth, not even a paper one!) were not all-too- clean; ours was actually kind of sticky. The lights would have been great if you were in a football stadium, in a restaurant they, alas, rather failed to achieve the intimate and romantic atmosphere one would hope for when taking a date out to dinner. The open kitchen works in a lot of places, but here it did not. Perhaps because it strongly evoked the impression of a factory cafeteria, again probably not the most desirable effect one would be going for. The only spot I would recommend if you really must go there would be the terrace, which surprisingly enough really was quite lovely, with dim little lights and cozy atmosphere. Nevertheless, if you are not forced to visit this eatery by some evil and unfortunate turn of events (for example it’s the favorite establishment of your mother-in-law), I would make it a point to stay away. There are a lot of Italian restaurants much nicer than this one. With life being so short, why would you waste what little precious time you have on God’s green Earth frequenting a place so utterly devoid of charm or gourmet appeal?
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