Written by: Nick Houser
Date: April 30, 2013

Basi Italia is a popular Columbus that is tucked away in a residential area of Victorian Village. Photo: Flickr/ TheHungryDudes.

Basi Italia is a popular Columbus that is tucked away in a residential area of Victorian Village. Photo: Flickr/ TheHungryDudes.

John Dornback, the chef and co-owner of Basi Italia will appear on the All Sides Weekend’s new segment of Chefs in the City this Friday at 11 am on 89.7 NPR News.

Appearing along with Dornback, is Katherine Moore, executive director of Dine Originals Columbus to talk about the Taste of Dine Originals on May 9 at Capital University.

The Chefs in the City segment will highlight All Sides Weekend’s monthly restaurant show.

During the first 20 minutes of the food show, host Marilyn Smith will talk with the brightest, the most accomplished and innovative chefs in the city – and throughout central Ohio.

Hidden away in an alley surrounded by houses in Columbus’ Victorian Village, Basi Italia is routinely named one of the top restaurants in Columbus. The restaurant offers fresh Italian cuisine in a cozy dining room. During the summer months, its patio is one of the popular dining spots in the city.

In addition, Rich Terapak, WOSU food critic, and Miriam Bowers-Abbot, restaurant reviewer for Columbus Underground, weigh in on restaurants throughout Central Ohio.

Watch the episode


  • shrimlock

    The Silent Woman Bar was i believe on East Main, just east of James.
    The signage in neon or lit up from behind maybe, was extremely provocative.
    It showed an image of a female with her, holding her own head or her head somehow detached.
    Depicting the female as presumably silent. And even holding the knife?
    pretty grisly, and disturbing and was evident to anyone driving around there up till the 90’s, it seems.

  • shrimlock

    The other one that was near the Motel Greg Lashutka got in trouble win he was prosecutor, And i think that was on East Broad, that was the Pink Elephant.

  • Barbara Cruz

    what about hanleys steak house sullivant ave Columbus ohio

  • Barbara Cruz

    does anyone have a copy of the menu or pictures

  • Mr.Gale.B

    I need an exact and correct answer:
    Where was “Top of the Center” located? In WHAT building?

  • Otto Gronkowski

    Slow hipster service and slow kitchen. Expensive prices. Don’t visit if you want to see food on your table in under 45 minutes. However the food quality, taste and presentation is very good! Ambiance is contemporary cool inside, very different from what you may have the impression of from the exterior of this old Tim Horton’s location. Good bar and drink selection. Overpriced menu. On the west coast you can find this style of filipino restaurant serving same dishes for $7.50. Here they will set you back $12-$18. You can’t even get into appetizers for less than $10 unless you want a bowl of rice. Don’t know if they’ll survive, table turnover is way too slow, even though they’re making large profit margin per dish, it’s just way too slow. If you have an evening to kill, this would be a good hangout. Don’t attempt a weekday lunch or dinner. You’ll see a good hipster millinial crowd here.