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First Look: Pelino’s Pasta

Susan Post Susan Post First Look: Pelino’s PastaItalian eatery Pelino's Pasta celebrate its grand opening on Thursday, August 5 - All photos by Susan Post unless otherwise noted
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Pelino’s Pasta is ready to bring an authentic taste of Italy to King Avenue. The previously traveling enterprise and pasta pop-up will make things permanent with their first brick-and-mortar restaurant.

Owners Vinny and Christina Pelino transformed the former home of Yellow Brick Pizza at 245 King Ave., and will celebrate the grand opening of Pelino’s Pasta on Thursday, August 5.

Diners will find a seasonal menu of antipasti like prosciutto and melon, caprese with balsamic caviar, and panzanella salad with octopus, as well as a few small filled pasta plates. As the name implies, the main attraction will be the pasta, made fresh daily in-house. And it’s dinner and a show for guests who order the star of the Pelino’s menu, a traditional Cacio e Pepe, which will be tossed tableside in a massive wheel of pecorino romano.

It wouldn’t be an Italian meal without bread, which will be focaccia, also baked fresh daily in-house in traditional and seasonal herb varieties. To finish the meal on a sweet note, Pelino’s will offer coffee service and a selection of desserts of Christina’s making, from classic tiramisu to a variety of seasonal crostatas.

The wine list will be all Italian, focusing on smaller vineyards and some unique varietals to pair with the regional dishes on Pelino’s menu. Instead of having a traditional liquor license, the restaurant will use its alcohol sales as a unique way to give back to the community.

“We are going to partner with local charities, a different charity each week, and we’re going to do special event permits,” Christina says. “100% of alcohol sales will go to that charity.”

The State of Ohio grants temporary liquor permits to nonprofits to sell alcohol for a limited number of days.

Pelino’s will support nonprofits like WAV, ROY G BIV, Columbus Fashion Alliance, Ronald McDonald House and more. The restaurant is also looking for additional nonprofit partners to fill up its schedule. Vinny and Christina hope that the unique set-up will also help raise awareness of some smaller nonprofit organizations making an impact on the community.

Seats are filling up quickly for opening weekend, so the Pelinos highly recommend reservations.

Pelino’s Pasta will be open Wednesday and Thursday from 5 – 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 5 – 10 p.m.

For more information, visit pelinospasta.com.

All photos by Susan Post unless otherwise noted

Christina and Vinny Pelino behind the bar at their new restaurant
Pelino’s has an intimate dining room with seating for 49
Local artist Mindy Stoker painted a scene from a small Italian town in Calabria on wine boxes to hang in the dining room
The Pelinos love the architectural details of the space like the exposed brick
Pelino’s kept a similar layout to Yellow Brick
Vinny built all of the wood tables for the dining room
Most seats in the house will have a view into the action in the kitchen
The open kitchen allows diners a peek behind the scenes
Pelino’s will focus on lesser-known Italian wines
Pelino’s wanted access to organic herbs and edible flowers so they planted their own garden out back, complete with plenty of tomato and basil plants
All of the plants were started by seed by Vinny’s sister
Pelino’s Pasta officially opens August 5 at 245 King Ave.
Photo provided by Pelino’s Pasta
Photo provided by Pelino’s Pasta
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