Dough flips through the air, releasing a cumulonimbus of flour as it lands softly in the hands of chef David Zadnik, who crafts the crucial ingredient each day with help from local ingredients and family recipes. The heritage of the eatery doesn?t just shine through in culinary formulas; the walls at both locations shimmer with old family photos from David's basement and glossy sports memorabilia. Strains of Frank Sinatra spread out smoothly behind conversations in dining rooms dappled with warm wood accents, occasionally spilling out to an outdoor patio or across the Westerville location's outdoor bocce-ball court. Guests sit down for pastas, sandwiches, and suds from Great Lakes Brewery and Peroni, often unaware that these tables held a victory dinner for pugilist Buster Douglas when he returned from defeating Mike Tyson in Japan, but before he picked up his victory dry cleaning.
Generations of the Morone family can always be found at their namesake restaurant tucked within the Bethel Centre. Grandchildren tend to the front of the house hosting and serving guests while Grandpa Morone acts as an unofficial taste tester in the kitchen. But it’s at the eatery’s tables that diners will truly feel the Morone love as they dig into hearty, homemade Italian entrees, from ricotta-stuffed shells and meatball subs to Sicilian-style pizzas crowned with imported romano cheese.
If you ever called nonna's cooking casual, you’d wind up with a wooden spoon cracked across your backside. Not the case at Rotelli in Gahanna, a proud to be formality-free Italian restaurant with a menu that would still make grandma proud. Pull up a chair at the family-friendliest table with today’s deal: for $9, you get $20 toward your bill at Rotelli. Your Groupon is only good for dine-in, forcing you to suffer through the restaurant’s inviting and friendly atmosphere.
Expert pie tossing and fresh ingredients catapult Romeo’s Pizza into the upper echelons of dough-centric fare. The menu's resident pizzas—ranging from 9-inch bundles of joy ($7.99+ plus $1.50/topping) to full-sheet behemoths ($24.99+ plus $4/topping) perfect for parties with enough space to compose an entire ode to a birthday boy or girl—can be custom-constructed with any combination of six sauces and more than 20 toppings. Patrons preferring demolition without construction can choose one of Romeo’s specialty pies, including Dante’s Peak, a mouth-wowing mountain of sausage, banana peppers, onions, tomatoes, and pepperoni ($15.99 for 12") that fearlessly scales the heights of flavor without recourse to sauce sherpas or pepperoni pack mules. Subs, wings, and crusty-gooey strombolis and calzones ($7.99) further douse the flames of hunger in savory sauces and cheese.
Bexley serves pies adorned with high-quality ingredients, from toppings to the sauce made from scratch to daily-made dough to the encouraging mantras whispered to each pizza while its baking. Choose from Bexley Pizza Plus’s 23 specialty red or white pizzas, including the heart-healthy Farmer’s Market (spinach, broccoli, fresh white mushrooms, Roma tomatoes, and feta cheese), the Ultimate (blanched and fresh white mushrooms with pepperoni and mini pepperonis), and the Greek (artichoke hearts, black olives, sun-dried tomatoes, and feta). You can also create a half-and-half with any two specialties to create a split-personality pie.
Every pizza at zpizza is freshly prepared, hand thrown, gently coaxed into the oven using soft birdcalls and pheromone trails, and fire-baked to crispy perfection. The dough is prepared fresh daily from 100% certified-organic wheat, and z is also happy to offer certified organic and gluten-free crusts, sating the pizza desire of the allergic, dieters, and wheat sympathizers. Toppings include award-winning Wisconsin skim mozzarella, MSG-free pepperoni, certified-organic tomato sauce, additive-free sausage, and fresh produce. Try a large ZBQ pizza (with barbecue sauce, mozzarella, barbecue chicken, roasted pepper, red onion, tomato, cilantro, and sweet corn ($16.95); or a chicken curry and yam rustica (with mozzarella, curry chicken, yam, mango chutney, raisin, and cilantro; $8.95). Vegans can delight in a small Berkeley, a vegan cheese veggie pizza (with marinara, vegan cheese, veggie burger crumbles, zucchini, tomato, mushroom, red onion, and bell pepper; $11.50), and traveling tongues can sate their wanderlust with a mouthwatering Moroccan rustica (with pesto, mozzarella, basil, roasted eggplant, feta cheese, caramelized onion, and pine nut ($8.95).