By Karina Nova + Photo by Will Shilling
Jim Heise eats at Monte Carlo Italian Kitchen in Westerville so often, they gave him his own table--in the kitchen. He's been going there so long, he refers to owner Lora Ciotola as "Mama." Heise shared a little about his very favorite place to eat.
Name: Jim Heise Age: 36 Neighborhood: North Side Occupation: Sales
How did you find out about this place? When I was a kid my parents used to take me once or twice a week to the old restaurant location. I brought my prom dates there and my sister had her wedding there. When they moved to this spot, I continued to stop in several times a week.
What's your favorite dish? I can't live without the Cheese Ravioli. It's stuffed with delicious cheese and spinach, and the sauce is second to none.
How's the service? The feeling is like you're at home, with your brothers, sisters and parents. Lora and Joe are like a second set of parents. If I ever need something, they're there. They're awesome! They go out and talk to customers and remember everyone's names. It's a down-home kind of thing.
How did you end up getting your very own table, in the kitchen? One day they were so packed, there were no tables in the main dining room so they offered me the table in the kitchen. I thought it was a joke, but they weren't joking. Now I sit back here with these guys all the time. I watch to make sure they make the food right…not that they'd listen to me.
What should people try on the menu? You can't go wrong with the Spaghetti and Meatballs. They make the sauce fresh, right here.
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Monte Carlo Italian Kitchen 610 W. Schrock Rd., Westerville 614-890-2061 montecarloitaliankitchen.com Hours: 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday, 3-9 p.m. Saturday