Apr 22, 2024 - Food and Drink

Columbites: Piazza Pelino gives authentic taste of Italy

The dining room of an Italian sandwich shop with umbrellas on the ceiling, wine cases and tables.

The dining room inside Piazza Pelino restaurant in the Short North. Photos: Tyler Buchanan/Axios

There's maybe no brighter or inviting restaurant in the Short North than Piazza Pelino, an Italian sandwich shop that opened late last year.

  • There are colorful umbrellas all over the ceiling, tons of natural sunlight and friendly staff to help you through the authentic lunch and gelato menu.

Vibe check: I stopped by expecting one of those long, casual European lunches where time seems to slow to a crawl.

  • It was casual, yes, but surprisingly quick ā€” I ordered at the counter and it was ready by the time I sat down.
A sandwich made of foccacia bread and fresh ingredients on a table.
The simple but delicious pesto rosso sandwich.

What I ordered: The pesto rosso ($14.25) with roasted bell peppers, pesto and fresh Mozzarella di Bufala cheese on delicious focaccia bread.

  • I figured my vegetarian choice would come warm (stupid American), but even cold it was a simple, delicious sandwich.
  • My dessert was a mix of coffee and chocolate hazelnut gelato ($5.85) ā€¦ *chef's kiss.*

The intrigue: Piazza Pelino also features a small Italian market with candy, Sardinian flatbread and crackers known as taralli.

  • There's a large imported wine collection with framed stories and photos about the wineries featured.

If you go: 11am-8pm Wednesday-Sunday, 772 N. High St.

The exterior of Piazza Pelino restaurant.
Piazza Pelino at 772 N. High St.
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