Crave celebrates our city's signature dishes

Columbus isn't synonymous with one particular dish the way Cincinnati is with chili, or Chicago is with deep-dish, or Philly is with cheesesteak. But that doesn't mean we're lacking dishes that scream Columbus. They're the plates you can't order anywhere else in the country. The sandwiches you grew up eating. The bites you show off to out-of-town visitors. The stuff you'd pine after if you ever moved away. They're what restaurants brag about via menu declarations: "Home of the World Famous PastaSalvi!" "Enjoy the legendary Mother Mohawk!"

We whittled the list of only-in-Columbus dishes down to our favorite dozen. Finalists made the cut for numerous reasons, from having a fantastic name (like the Village Addiction) to being downright addictive (Marcella's veal meatball).


Almost every dish at Salvi's Italian bistro comes with a side of the deep-fried pasta treat, and you can also order it as an appetizer. It's basically a brick of breaded and deep-fried cheesy egg noodles. The creamy-inside-crunchy-outside specialty can be ordered plain, but we highly recommend asking for it topped with chunky tomato sauce and melted provolone.

Salvi's Bistro
5000 Upper Metro Pl., Dublin