The subject of this week's dining column is Brio Bistro Italiano in Bellevue, the second act of the team that brings you Whitfield's in Belle Meade. Cheers to Nathaniel Beaver and Gary Cormann, who spotted a hungry hole in the heart of West Nashville and are aiming to fill it with chef-driven, seasonally focused independent restaurants.
Both hearsay and first-hand evidence suggest that Whitfield's and Brio have loyal audiences of regular diners. Out of curiosity, are there any Whitfield's fans out there who have jilted the Belle Meade restaurant in favor of the Bellevue upstart? Or are the two locations too far apart for any risk of cannibalization? Would any regulars care to compare and contrast the two eateries?