Summer fun guide: Patios for ladies who lunch

Jackie Mantey, Columbus Alive

Giuseppe's Ritrovo

2268 E. Main St., Bexley


Nothing beats a little lady-validation on a lunch break. Get it in style at the patio of Giuseppe's Ritrovo in Bexley, the swanky space on the neighborhood's main drag across from Capital University.

The Italian word "ritrovo" means hangout or gathering space, and this particular patio is perfect for people-watching. While underneath the pretty green awnings, toast the warmth of the midday sun and the smell of the floral bounty that envelops you and your friends. Although, fair warning, it'll be hard to do anything but enjoy the face-full-of-flavor fare once it reaches the table.

Grandview Cafe

1455 W. Third Ave., Grandview


This inexpensive spot in the thick of Grandview offers great wings, burgers and fries, the perfect complement to a laid-back lunch watching the game with your best gals. Indulge yourself with one of the restaurant's devilish desserts like deep-fried Twinkies or Buckeye mousse. 'Cause you're worth it.

Backstage Bistro

503 S. Front St., Brewery District


Want to hear a secret? Of course you do, girl. Shadowbox Live's new Brewery District home has a menu worth checking out even if you're not attending a night show. The patio on the north side of the building is just intimate enough for a good chat over a glass of wine and a pesto pizza (topped with toasted pine nuts!).