Food and Drink

Review: Restaurant Week at Aab India

A Restaurant Week meal at Aab India, chicken tikka masala.
Restaurant Week chicken tikka masala at Aab India. Photos: Alissa Widman Neese/Axios

πŸ‘‹ Alissa here. You still have today and tomorrow to enjoy Restaurant Week and all of its delicious offerings.

Restaurant Week Review: Moretti's of Arlington

An order of polenta lasagna at Moretti's of Arlington.
An order of polenta lasagna at Moretti's of Arlington. Photos: Tyler Buchanan/Axios

πŸ‘‹ Tyler here. Are the days when decent Italian food meant dimly-lit spaces with a picture of Joe DiMaggio on the wall gone forever?

  • Perhaps so. A trip to Moretti's of Arlington shows an Italian dinner can mean brighter colors and a painting of hefty tomatoes above a fireplace.

We tried Frosty cereal β€”Β here's our chilly take

A box of Wendy's Frosty cereal next to a bowl of cereal with a spoon
A bowl of Wendy's Frosty cereal, a not-so-balanced breakfast. Photo: Alissa Widman Neese/Axios

πŸ‘‹ Alissa here. I snagged the last box of Wendy's Frosty cereal at Kroger last weekend and am here to offer my hot β€” well, I guess, chilly β€” takes.

Quick take: General Mills might want to have a word with Kellogg's. As a lifelong Ohioan, of course I'm a Wendy's fan, but this "limited edition" breakfast is just Cocoa Puffs sprinkled with quickly dissolving marshmallows.

Restaurant Week recommendations

A logo for 614 Restaurant Week featuring the January 24-29 date, sponsors and a menu teaser
Image courtesy of 614 Media Group

Here's a suggestion to start next week: Skip the cooking and try out a new restaurant, or perhaps a unique dish at an old favorite.

What's happening: The popular biannual Restaurant Week kicks off Monday. Over 150 restaurants are participating with special menus at fixed prices, per the organizers at 614 Media Group.

Jeni's brings back Dolly Parton ice cream

A pint of Jeni's ice cream flavor strawberry pretzel pie.
A pint of the ice cream "specially made for Dolly Parton." Photo courtesy Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams

Maybe you're an ice cream lover, a Dolly Parton lover or just someone who wants to help kids learn to read.

  • Or maybe you're all three.

What's happening: You're in luck, because Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams is bringing back its Strawberry Pretzel Pie flavor, "specially made for Dolly Parton."

A cauliflower taste-test on National Pizza Week

A veggie pizza with cauliflower crust.
An 11" veggie pizza with cauliflower crust from Joseppi's Pizza on Broad Street. Photo: Tyler Buchanan/Axios

I wouldn't exactly say I'm on any official diet in 2022, but I have viewed the New Year as a bit of a health reset.

  • In short, I'm just trying to make better choices.

What I ate: For my National Pizza Week taste-test, I tried out a modestly-sized pizza loaded with veggie toppings and a cauliflower crust from Joseppi's Pizza on West Broad Street.

Options for Dry January in Columbus

Illustration of a beer can with an alcohol by volume of 0.0 percent.
Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Central Ohio's temporary teetotalers have more options than ever to cut back on alcohol but not necessarily the fun.

Why it matters: More Americans β€” as many as 15%, according to some polls β€” have been participating in "Dry January" in recent years to kick off the new year in a healthy way.

What is Columbus style pizza, anyway?

A Columbus style pepperoni pizza on a table with an orange and white checkered tablecloth
A 16" Columbus style pepperoni pizza from Minelli's Pizza on the West Side. Photo: Alissa Widman Neese/Axios

πŸ‘‹ Alissa here. Y'know, it's hard to be a fan of thick pizza crust in Columbus.

The intrigue: I moved here six years ago but only recently learned that apparently everyone serves "Columbus style pizza" β€” cracker thin, cut into squares, with edge-to-edge toppings.

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