Staff Writer
Columbus Alive
Setting the bar for bar-food bargains

Germinating from German Village's landmark Lindey's, Bravo's Brios are another band of hometown-branded achievers. I tend to frequent the Easton Town Center branch, with its sheets of sheer fabric swooping down dramatically from two-story ceilings and a brilliant all-weather patio. While drinks are always pricey, from 4 to 7 p.m. and again from 9 to close, Brio offers an unbeatable bunch of biggish small plates that transcend bar food. Just ask for the Tuscan tasting menu (yeah, I know) and you'll be stunned at what you can buy for three small samolians.

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Brio's nine $3 "tasters" are all surprisingly good-sized and scrumptious, like: beef carpaccio served just like Lindey's; spicy shrimp and eggplant - an intense pepper cream sauce accents grilled shrimp and romano-crusted eggplant fritters; flatbreads - the pepperoni and sausage with fresh mozzarella is one of the better pizza deals around; and shrimptini - about a dozen clean-tasting shrimp rim a martini glass layered with a vibrant, crunchy salad, a roasted tomato sauce, avocado and aioli.