We are regularly taught in high-schools and universities that, according to General Relativity (GR), gravity is nothing but a manifestation of space-time curvature (which, in its turn, is caused by matter and energy). However, GR is still only a model, which hasn't been challenged by experimental evidence/precision thus far. E.g., in wiki one might find a lot of alternatives to GR, some of which agree with observations not worse than GR (e.g., Brans-Dicke theory). There are theories which describe gravity not in terms of curvature, but in terms of torsion - but in reality gravity cannot be both at the same time! Besides, as far as I understand, curved space might be described as a curved surface in non-curved space of a higher dimension.
So my question is: do I miss something and there are strong model-independent reasons to believe that gravity is geometry, or is it just that authors in most textbooks and articles imply that this is a model-dependent interpretation, without saying it explicitly?