Brio Tuscan Grille to Debut in Boca Next Week

The remaking of the restaurant mix at the Shops at Boca Center will soon be complete with the opening next Wednesday of Brio Tuscan Grille (5050 Town Center Circle, 561/392-3777), the 45th restaurant nationwide and the eighth in Florida for the Ohio-based chain.

The spacious (8,800 square feet) Tuscan-esque interior boasts antique cypress wood floors, antique doors, Venetian plaster walls, imported Italian marble and giant wrought-iron chandeliers. More than 350 diners can be seated indoors and out, including 40 at the bar.

The extensive menu features familiar Italian dishes as well as a few tweaked, from fried calamari, lasagna and bistecca alla Fiorentina to chicken and chorizo-stuffed peppers, grilled shrimp with orzo and asparagus, and artichoke-crusted beef medallions. There’s also a large selection of flatbreads and salads.

Weekday happy hour runs from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 9 p.m. until closing Monday through Thursday, and features a bar-only menu of $2.95 dishes like shrimp cocktail, carpaccio, mini-burgers and flatbreads. Saturday and Sunday brunch will also be offered.