Veganized Ensalada Mista with fresh tomatoes, substituted roasted bell peppers (for pancetta), substituted pine nuts (for chopped egg), and substituted their balsamic dressing (for Caesar) and substitute avocado (for Pecorino Romano cheese) and their red potatoes with garlic and rosemary (no cheese topping) and that each Bellini

Photo by Eriyah Flynn

Brio in Easton Town Center is one of my favorite places to go when I want some comforting fried red potatoes with garlic and rosemary (sans accompanying cheese sauce), a refreshing and light, varietal greens salad with fresh tomatoes, roasted red bell peppers and pine nuts and their house made-from-scratch balsamic dressing (which is one of my all-time favorites- though it is made with oil, so it is also high fat content), or to cool-off with a delightful indulgence of their peach Bellini. They will veganize a conventional appetizer, salad, pasta dish or pizza, and have even prepared special, custom entrees upon request. If you like portabella mushrooms, if they have them, they will grill one up for either an appetizer or as a main course. While they are currently lagging in their clearly marked vegan menu options, they have conveniently listed their gluten-free selections for those who require them. Their dining rooms are some of the most romantic in the area, and if you want a decadent vegan dessert, you will have to go somewhere else, like Portia’s, Loving Hut, Pattycake or Till Dynamic Fare.

  When you want to veganize a menu, be it appetizers, breakfast, brunch, main courses or dessert, I highly recommend a book called The Gentle Chef Cookbook by Skye Michael Conroy. He has mastered veganizing classical Italian (among other ethnic) favorites such as Broccoli, Mushroom Alfredo and Eggplant Parmigiana. If you haven’t seen Cowspiracy, it is one of the most important documentaries of our time about the global crisis animal agriculture has caused at world population 7 billion.

Brio has 2 Columbus locations at:
Easton Town Center 3993 Easton Station 43219, Open: Sun 10am-9pm, Mon-Thu: 11am-10pm, Fri &Sat: 11am-11pm   and
Polaris Fashion Place 1500 Polaris Parkway, Columbus, OH Open: Sun 10am-9pm, Mon-Thu: 11am-10pm, Fri &Sat: 11am-11pm

Eriyah’s Favorites: Grilled portabella appetizer with balsamic reduction, Tuscan red potatoes, and the veganized ensalada mista.