Spaghetti is like the opera—it's long, can be difficult to untangle, and is easy to fall asleep in. Wake up your taste buds with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Italian cuisine and drinks at Giorgio Italian Restaurant.
Giorgio Italian Restaurant, selected as a Best New Restaurant by Columbus Monthly in 2008, serves a menu of classic and hearty Italian fare forged with local ingredients and inspired by classic family recipes. Diners can start their gastronomic gondola ride with the Olivetini, in which provolone, crostini, and fontina fight for the affection of a dashingly handsome helping of spicy olives ($6). Or choose the Giorgio, a fresh, crisp salad made with mesclun greens ($5).
Dive into the seafood linguine and watch along with clams and shrimp as mussels perform feats of strength in a pink tomato sauce ($15), or exercise incisors with the herbed-gnocchi-topped chicken marsala ($19). One of the 30 bottles of wine on Giorgio's wine list ($30 each) can be sipped on the outdoor patio or inside the restaurant, where soft overhead lighting, dark hardwood floors, arched doorways, wooden beams and paneling, and a rip in the space-time continuum transport patrons to Old World Italy.
Giorgio Italian Restaurant
Basilicata proudly refers to itself as the instep of Italy. Its pedestrian nickname, however, belies its scenic and gastronomical riches—the volcanic vineyards, the cliff-cut coastlines, and the ancient, gnarled olive trees that inspired recipes passed down for two generations until they reached the kitchen of Giorgio Italian Restaurant. In 2008, the recipes stood the test of time when Giorgio was named one of the Best New Restaurants by Columbus Monthly. Currently, Chef Todd McCall curates and expands upon these family recipes for menu items such as bolognese sauce and meatballs.
Giorgio's Mediterranean influences extend to its décor, where crisp white tablecloths stand next to a grapevine mural and a rustic wall-mounted wooden wine rack. On the outdoor patio, pots of parsley, basil, and lemon verbena bloom at tables' edges.
At a monthly jazz night, cool rhythms and melodies drift through the eatery. Just as regularly, wine tastings strike an education-entertainment balance as Giorgio's oenophiles pinpoint flavor notes and teach diners how to tell red wine apart from bourbon simply by sniffing it.
2941 N High St.
Columbus, Ohio 43202Get Directions