Sep 25, 2023 - Food and Drink

Martini Modern Italian tops Ohio restaurant list

The pennette alla vodka at Martini Modern Italian, at 445 N. High St. Photos: Alissa Widman Neese/Axios

👋 Alissa here, sharing some well-deserved recognition for one of my favorite local restaurants.

Dining the news: National news site 24/7 Tempo recently named Martini Modern Italian Ohio's best Italian restaurant, after compiling rankings from several websites in every state.

Context: Martini is one of Cameron Mitchell Restaurants' two Italian spots in the Short North.

  • It has been around longer, dating back to the mid-'90s — but compared to Marcella's and its giant veal meatballs, this upscale classic seems to fly more under the radar these days.

What I ate: The pennette alla vodka in a tomato and vodka cream sauce ($27) is my go-to dish, with grilled chicken added.

  • It offers a sweet, yet acidic flavor and well-sized portions.
  • The chicken parmesan ($30) and fettuccine and clams ($32) are also popular dishes.

Yes, but: Save room for dessert. The tiramisu ($11), served with a dab of vanilla ice cream, is encased in a picturesque tea cup made of hardened chocolate.

If you go: 4-10pm Monday-Saturday and 4-9pm Sunday. 445 N. High St.

Tiramisu inside a chocolate teacup on a white plate, with whipped cream on top
Yes, the tiramisu is as delicious as it is photogenic.

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