Columbus' exploding artisan pizza scene has been well-documented, with Harvest, Natalie's and Pie's Gourmet Pizza Bistro all drawing big crowds. So I thought it noteworthy that when Element, a relatively newish Downtown spot with enough house-cured meats to qualify as artisan, announced a revamped menu, the additions were largely back-to-basics fare. New pizza choices, for instance, include a typical Supreme and Barbecue Chicken, while a new happy hour menu boasts wings and potato skins.
Perhaps Columbus doesn't have an insatiable appetite for gourmet pies after all? It'll be interesting to see if this more mainstream menu draws bigger crowds to the Third Street pizzeria, and whether the new management eventually sheds some of the more adventurous pies (like the Parma, topped with prosciutto, almonds, raisins, fresh mozzarella and balsamic). Luckily, the pies I tried at lunch recently still had the same great crispy crust and distinctive look of Element's original offerings. I'm willing to bet the new menu is a better match for this particular space and this particular location.
Here's a look at what's new:
Barbecue Chicken: chicken, red onions, provolone/mozzarella, barbecue sauce
Supreme: pepperoni, sausage, onion, green peppers, mushrooms, provolone/mushroom, tomato sauce
Chicken Caesar: chicken, Italian herbs, fresh mozzarella, olive oil, romaine lettuce, Caesar dressing
A and R Original: ham, pineapple, green pepper, onion, provolone/mozzarella, tomato sauce
Bruschetta: tomato, basil, provolone/mozzarella, olive oil
Buffalo Chicken: chicken, provolone/mozzarella, Buffalo sauce, choice of ranch or blue cheese to top
Sausage Nachos: Tortilla chips with nacho cheese, tomatoes, onions and sausage
Potato Skins: covered in cheddar-jack cheese, bacon, chives and tomatoes.
Boneless Wings: with choice of barbecue, Buffalo or teriyaki sauce
Spinach Artichoke Dip: creamy spinach with artichoke hearts, red pepper and melted cheeses
Fresh Bruschetta: French bread topped with mozzarella, tomato and basil
Fried Mozzarella: Golden fried and served with tomato sauce
250 N. Third St., Downtown