Haunted, or, What I Ate and Did : The Rossi and Art Spiegelman

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

PLT salad--salty fried Italian bacon, perfectly hard cooked egg, Lucky Penny feta and an unusual (in a good way!) tomato dressing

Scallops with tomatillo jam and "crispy pork rillettes" appetizer special-- the shellfish were expertly seared and I loved their perky and sweet sauce; I also loved how the deep seafood sear was mimicked by the pig meat.

Pork and Beans--a lusty, hearty dish amusingly undersold by its prosaic name

I woke up haunted. This could in part be due to getting knee-deep in the wild ride of a ghostly read called Swamplandia . In any event, when my morning started, the raucous "It's a Culture," the first song on the great, recently released Times New Viking CD (they're easily my favorite Columbus band, and are themselves haunted by the Velvets-by-way-of-Hoboken sound), was stuck in my head and propelling me toward a coffee-making session when I thought, "Damn, that was a terrific dinner I had last night!"

See, I'd dined on some new creations by the new chef at The Rossi Bar + Kitchen--expect a very favorable review very soon (not shown is the Beet Down, a Watershed gin-based and beet-fueled cocktail which, against all odds, is becoming a new favorite of mine).

But the haunting by the previous day continued as I thought back on a thoroughly delightful end enlightening talk by Art Spiegelman at the Wexner Center. Spiegelman spoke about the cultural background and art history of the development of comic strips. In doing so, he used a highly amusing and irreverent tone to relate how how his own art is haunted by--of all things--the work of Dick Tracy creator Chester Gould.

Today at 4pm, Spiegelman's wife, Francoise Mouly--who is the art editor of the New Yorker -- will give a talk as well. See you there.