The city of Columbus has its first pesto king. Greater Columbus Sisters Cities International, with the Columbus Italian Festival, hosted the inaugural Columbus Pesto Championship on Sunday and Marcello Canova, an Ohio State professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, was chosen from 10 local finalists as the city's premiere pesto maker.    S...

Food, music and dancing will be part of the 38th Italian Festival this weekend at the St. John the Baptist Italian Catholic Church, 168 E. Lincoln St. in Columbus. “It washes your soul with happiness,” said Landa Masdeo Brunetto, festival spokeswoman. “It’s more than a good time -- it’s heartfelt.” Tickets are $5 at the door; children 12 years old...

A virtual shrine of framed photographs graces a wall in DeArini’s Tavern & Grill. Among the honored in this little Hall of Fame are long-faded, once-popular Columbus establishments such as Zachariah’s Red Eye Saloon, the Jai Lai and the Olentangy Inn diner. Despite its sequestered location in a shopping mall on Henderson Road, DeArini’s — an endear...

Corso Ventures is planning another concept for the Short North. Unlike Standard Hall or Pint House, though, it won’t be your typical restaurant-slash-bar. Food Hall, occupying the lot at 1112 N. High St., will encompass a full bar and four kitchens, creating space for Columbus and non-local restauranteurs to pop up, experiment, and give Short North...

Giordano’s has brought its pizza to Columbus, but don’t call it deep-dish. It’s a stuffed pizza. That’s a very important distinction, CEO Yorgo Koutsogiorgas said. “It is a different kind of experience than the original deep dish,” Koutsogirogas said. “We’re kind of the evolution of the deep-dish pizza in Chicago. It tastes somewhat different, in o...

Interested in hosting an foreign exchange high school student for the 2017-2018 school year?  Here is a perfect opportunity! Isotta is a 17 year old girl from Italy. “I’m Isotta, I’m sixteen and I am a student of Scientific Secondary School in Italy. I think it’s a really good opportunity to improve my English, learn new things, new culture and dif...

Our central Ohio Italian family tree has many branches. One active and very inclusive bough is the Columbus Italian Language Meetup. Italia in Ohio and this Meetup have worked and played together for years, and we have two more co-sponsored events this spring. In 2 weeks the Meetup will hold its annual potluck at the Wild Goose Creative at 2491 Sum...

An Italian Musical Genius Performing in Columbus, Sunday 26 October for City Music Columbus at Via Vecchia.   Giuseppe "Peppino" D'Agostino è stato salutato come "un chitarrista chitarrista" dalla rivista chitarra acustica così come "un gigante della chitarra acustica" (San Diego Reader), e la lotta contro numerosi premi chitarra migliori, m...

Columbus, Ohio-based chain Piada will open its third Houston-area store at Vintage Park the first week of June. In the meantime, it is offering Houstonians the chance for a sneak peek and a free lunch (or dinner). Sign up for the chance to be a VIP here. Piada specializes in freshly made Italian street fare such as tascas (sandwiches on thin...

By G.A. Benton   Claudiana Italian Restaurant is one of those eateries — they are abundant in Columbus — with a generic strip mall storefront that leads to a bustling scene of insiders dining on bold, scratch-made food. If you're new to the establishment, as I was to this Polaris-area place, it's like walking into a secret world.   At...