Husband-and-wife team Rosario and Taura Auddino, founded Auddinos Bakery & Cafe in 2012, pouring their love of baked goods and a family tradition of Italian cooking into their treats. In the morning, the scent of crispy artisanal loaves and soft sandwich bread wafts out onto the street. The pastry case contains rows of sweet iced pastries including glazed and cake donuts, muffins, and canollis, while the freezer displays rows of tempting gelato flavors. The bakery also tackles savory meals with breakfast and lunch sandwiches including meatball subs, egg and ham croissants, and roma turkey sandwiches, along with 7-, 10-, and 14-inch pizzas baked onsite with a dozen toppings to choose from, or raw pizza dough available for making your own creation at home.
Scrawled across the Yogeez wall in big, loopy letters are the words "Get Creative." This isn't a difficult imperative to follow, seeing as how each of the store's locations offers a huge assortment of more than 75 toppings to pair with rotating low-fat and fat-free yogurt flavors. Shards of waffle cone and splatters of hot fudge complement perennial favorites such as cake batter, dreamy dark chocolate, and sea-salt caramel. There are always a few fat-free sorbets on tap, as well. Guests can enjoy their creations while listening to music within Yogeez's cozy confines.
Parents get to socialize; kids get to play. Lattes and Lollipops is a win-win for busy families. The cozy retreat was opened by three sisters and their mom, who dreamt of a place where they could sit, sip coffee, and chat while their children remained happily entertained. When parents bring their little ones in to play, staff members keep a watchful eye on them so mom and dad can have some quiet time to enjoy a warm beverage and surf the in-house wifi. Meanwhile, the children let their imaginations loose in the playscape, buying groceries in the market or petting pretend dalmations in the firehouse. When it's time for a snack break, families have plenty of healthy options, such as turkey sandwiches, fruit cups, and hummus.
Intricate notes emanating from a nearby piano. Steam rising off a teacup as it sits on a delicate saucer. Signs of old-world elegance permeate every corner of Mozart's Bakery and Piano Cafe, and owners Anand and Doris Saha wouldn't have it any other way. The European-trained couple have been slinging their famed sugary delicacies in the Columbus area for more than 20 years, after honing their skills in some of Europe's best restaurants and hotels.
However, even their most frequent diners will be astounded by their new, expanded location in a formerly abandoned Beechwold restaurant. While guests still get to enjoy more than 80 European delicacies?some of which helped earned Columbus Monthly's Best Dessert in Best of Columbus 2014?they can now do so on a patio or in one of many rooms stocked with the aforementioned pianos. And even the menu has gotten a slight makeover, with an extensive breakfast selection of savory strudels, quiches, and omelets as well as lunch and dinner entrees including angus burgers, authentic schnitzel, beef stroganoff, and chicken paprikash. The Columbus Dispatch praised the latter for its "excellent sauce of sweet paprika, cream and chicken stock that tastes house-made."
But as proud as the Sahas are of their elegant, continental cuisine, they take just as much pride in helping the community. They were recently honored with the first Columbus Small Business Community Heroes Award from Direct Energy for their fund-raising contributions. The funds have gone toward aiding many different parts of the community, a few of which are a local food pantry, programs for senior citizens, and after-school activities for children.
The scent of freshly roasted beans emanates from Travonna Coffee House, luring passersby into a café where they can sink into a black leather couch and sip from mugs filled with creamy lattes and cappuccinos. The friendly staff of baristas prepares café beverages behind a simple wooden counter, pairing iced or steamy drinks with vegan baked goods, flatbread pizzas, and gourmet sandwiches. When they aren’t engaged in caffeine-fueled conversation, patrons can surf the Internet on waves of free WiFi or walk across the café’s hardwood floors to peer into a full-size fish tank. The café stays open until 2 a.m. seven days a week; on Thursday and Friday nights, local poets and musicians stage performances for the crowd, who signal their approval by snapping and pelting the stage with packets of nondairy creamer.