Written by: Rich Terepak Jr.
Date: March 3, 2014


For those who are always on the lookout for first-rate Italian food, especially those from the East side, look no further than Pickerington just off Route 256.

Lomonico’s, a family-owned, chef-driven restaurant offers a lot of surprises. Lomonico’s, open for four months, has knowledgeable owners, a trained chef, and friendly/polished service (ask for Stephanie or Ron), The large 140 seat dining room, with plain floors, wooden tables and high ceilings, seems to always be jammed with a youngish, upscale crowd. The wine list is well-selected and with low mark-ups. Wines from the retail shop are available at the table for an $8 corkage. Items from the diverse but Italian-based menu are all well-prepared in ample portions.

We started with a bottle of 2011 Bayonette (Dave Phinney of Orin Swift and The Prisoner fame), $14.99 retail plus an $8 corkage made it a real bargain at $22. They start with a house made foccacia with herb and garlic oil for dipping. We shared the very good but small carpaccio (prime filet, garlic aioili, arugula, crostini)($11); the excellent charred Caesar (grilled romaine, parmesan, Caesar dressing) ($6); Sicilian rice balls (arancini), with Italian sausage, peas, excellent marinara ($7); pappardelle Bolognese, beef & pork, tomato cream ($13); pasta carbonara, parmesan cream, bacon, peas, poached egg ($13); braised short rib, whipped potatoes, glazed carrots, gremolata ($20); bacon wrapped pork tenderloin, warm spinach salad, mustard jus ($16); caramel buddino (pudding), sea salt, butterscotch, peanuts, cream ($6).

The full menu includes 8 starters ($6 to $12 for a lobster roll); 5 salads, all $6, a bargain; 3 pastas ($13); pizzas ($12 and up); 9 entrees, from $10 for the pot pie to $23 for the flatiron steak; and 5 desserts, all $6.

Lomonico’s also does catering. And Chef/Owner Craig Lomonico will conduct cooking classes for small parties in a separate demonstration kitchen through prior arrangement.

Lomonico’s is a wonderful surprise and a hidden treasure in Pickerington, with impressive food at value prices, a nice selection of wines at bargain price, and excellent service.

1506 Stonecreek Drive S,
Pickerington, OH 43147

  • 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.