German Village is about to get tastier in a few weeks when the latest addition to their restaurant scene opens to the public. Harvest Pizzeria is the brainchild of Chris Crader and his fiance Bethany Lovell, and it combines old school Italian traditions with the new wave of farm-to-table cooking.
“The concept for Harvest was born from a love of pizza and a desire to find top quality pizza in Columbus,” said Crader. “I felt there was a serious void in this area in German Village and Bethany and I decided that it was time to open a place of our own.”
Customers at Harvest might find that Chris is a familiar face in the local restaurant community. He got his start as a server and bartender at the Elevator Brewery and Draught Haus, and has worked as General Manager at Due Amici, Barrio and The Rossi.
“We were out looking at locations for our own venture, and we were shown this building on Fourth Street and immediately felt it would be the future home of Harvest Pizzeria,” explained Crader.
The location is tucked away on a stretch of Fourth Street located just south of Livingston Avenue. The front entrance contains a large patio space for al fresco dining, and the indoor area seats a cozy 24 guests.
“The decor is a mix of furniture made by an amish friend using local ash trees, and some metals to complement the warmth of the wood,” added Crader. “Our goal is to provide a comfortable space in which to enjoy good company and good food.”
Much of the menu will be composed of seasonal ingredients located within the state of Ohio, including some items grown at Chris’ farm in Canal Winchester or on the roof of the pizzeria in a container garden.
“Goose Foot Farm is located on a friend’s property in Canal Winchester,” said Crader. “We only cultivate about an acre, but do so intensively.”
“In the past I was growing a large assortment of vegetables, but this year I am focusing on tomatoes and peppers for the pizzeria,” he added.
Pizzas will be made on-site in a stone oven in a style most closely related to classic Neapolitan recipes.
“We are offering some traditional pizzas but also branching out with pizzas such as the ‘Yuma’, which has chorizo, sweet corn, Jalapeno, Roasted red peppers, havarti, and chipotle pepper spiked tomato sauce,” said Crader. “You will also find some local goat cheese on one with oven roasted cherry tomatoes, herb-olive oil, and sopressata.”
The pizzeria will be equipped with a full bar to offer a variety of ways for customers to wash down their dinners. An Italian-focused wine list will be at the forefront, along with locally brewed beer from Elevator.
Harvest Pizzeria is located at 495 S. 4th St in German Village and is working toward opening by the first of July. Hours of operation will be Monday through Thursday, 11:30am to 11:00pm and Friday through Saturday, 11:30am to Midnight. Closed on Sundays.
More information can be found via Harvest Pizzeria’s Facebook Page.