April 13, 2024

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Columbus Month-to-month’s Greatest New Eating places 2023: Bar Cicchetti

Columbus Month-to-month’s Greatest New Eating places 2023: Bar Cicchetti

G.A. Benton

Columbus Month-to-month’s Greatest New Eating places 2023: Bar Cicchetti

Expectations are inescapable with Bar Cicchetti, owned by movie star chef, serial restaurateur and native Italian Fabio Viviani. Given the restaurant’s title and Viviani’s Italian background, you’d count on Bar Cicchetti would showcase cicchetti—Venetian-style, pleased hour-compatible finger meals.

Nicely, not a lot. Moreover, the intense, largely brown and beige eatery within the Westin Nice Southern Columbus resort opens nicely earlier than pleased hour, at 7 a.m.

Our recommendation: Verify expectations on the door and simply benefit from the spectacular hospitality, trendy cocktails and wonderful Italian dishes from this casual-looking, upscale institution.

Clockwise from center, Bar Cicchetti's Polpetti Di Fabio, strozzapreti verde, Pistacio Smack cocktail, rosemary and olive focaccia, white wine and Calabrian chile campanelle

And order the grilled octopus—a dynamic composition of attracting opposites that stars tender seafood and roasted potatoes with crackly exteriors. Notes of tongue-tingling agrodolce (Italian sweet-and-sour sauce) arrive by way of cooked-to-sweet onions, vinegar and pickled onions. Add uncooked celery taking part in off sautéed garlic and spicy, funky ’nduja sausage, and you’ve got a destination-worthy dish.