All Sides Weekend: Chefs in the City

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11 am

Katzinger’s Deli has been serving mile-high pastrami sandwiches for 30 years, and the Columbus landmark just opened a satellite location in the North Market. This hour we’ll talk about what goes into the decision to expand operations, and about the pros and pitfalls of doubling business. Plus, the latest restaurant picks from our food critics.

 Guests:

  • Diane Warren, owner of Katzinger’s Delicatessen
  • Eric Dennison, general manager of Katzinger’s
  • Miriam Bowers, restaurant critic, ColumbusUnderground.com
  • Rich Terapak, Sr, WOSU Food Critic
  • Rich Terapak, Jr. WOSU Food Critic

Join The Conversation

  • Artie Isaac

    I heard that Diane Warren and Eric Dennison of Katzinger’s Delicatessen might be visiting All Sides.

    I’ve been thinking a lot about Katzinger’s for the past two decades — more than I’ve thought about any other business, including my own.

    (Disclaimers: I once worked at Katzinger’s (summer internship, as reported by Joe Blundo in http://tinyurl.com/ArtieDeli). I bought a schmear of Katzinger’s Little Deli. I love Diane. I like Eric.)

    Here are two thoughts, perhaps questions for your conversation with Diane and Eric:

    1. As a true delicatessen, Katzinger’s is different from all other restaurants. Genuine delicatessens serve the broad array of food that ignited my ancestors’ culinary daydreams: delicacies. When I sit in Katzinger’s, I am my great-grandfather’s extension into fate; I am him, sitting in the World To Come. What is your vision of Heaven? What argument can you make that it is anything different from Katzinger’s: a place of humility and hospitality? Theology aside, what redeems us more than a bowl of soup?

    2. Each of us deserves more delicatessen. Not in quantity per dose, but rather in frequency of visits. If you come to Katzingers once a year, may I humbly suggest coming every other month? This might profoundly improve your quality of life.

    I write you this morning from New York City, where I am sampling a variety of delicatessens. I have found peers, but nothing finer than Katzinger’s.

    – Artie Isaac