The stars at night are big and bright...

The stars at night are big and bright...
The stars at night are big and bright...

Friday, February 10, 2012

Good Eats: Toscana

I ate dinner last night with a friend at a little out of the way place in Benbrook. I did some online research and picked Toscana Italian Restaurant on 377, hidden in the Brookshire's shopping center. You really have to hunt this place down, but it's worth the effort. Luckily, it was just a few blocks from where I had to be.

We arrived around 7pm and the dining room only had 2 other tables filled. The table next to us were obvious friends of the owners. You couldn't help but overhear the conversation between the table and staff. Not that that was a problem.

The waitstaff was attentive without being pushy, altho it was quickly apparent that English was not their 1st language. With my hearing loss, it was even worse. My date ordered the Chicken Picatta with pasta and I ordered the Chicken Toscana, a house specialty with white wine and cheese sauce served with penne pasta. It was excellent!

Our total bill was under $30. You'd easily pay twice as much for a similar dinner at a more well known chain Italian "Garden" restaurant and it would be 1/2 as good.

The dining room has seen better days and really needs an overhaul, but the quaint atmosphere, quality food and reasonable prices more than make up for it. If you're looking for a great dinner at an out of the way location with a more than reasonable price tag, give Toscana in Benbrook a shot. You won't be sorry.

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