Written by: Steve Stover
Date: August 5, 2014

A selection of meats and cheese at The Market Italian Village. Photo: Steve Stover

A selection of meats and cheese at The Market Italian Village. Photo: Steve Stover

Head Chef Dustin Brafford and his gang that brought us the new Crest a couple of years back have just opened their second establishment – and it is a real winner. The Market Italian Village, which is located at the southeast corner of Summit and Third Avenue is an exciting new concept with an urban setting. It is a market in the sense that it is a purveyor of high end, unique and mostly continental food items—check out the Spanish Iberico ham from pigs raised on acorns.

Baked feta in tomato sauce at The Market Italian Village. Photo: Steve Stover

Baked feta in tomato sauce at The Market Italian Village. Photo: Steve Stover

But it is also a very reasonably priced and very creative restaurant with a beautiful open kitchen with marble tiled walls and wood fired oven producing exceptional dishes under the supervision of classically trained Chef Julian Menaged, previously of the Refectory. The tutelage of Richard Blondin shows in the attention to detail. The menu will change every two weeks and relies heavily on seasonal and locally sourced ingredients.

Watermelon Radish Salad from The Market Italian Village. Photo: Steve Stover

Watermelon Radish Salad from The Market Italian Village. Photo: Steve Stover

Among the items we sampled were a terrific “Duet” charcuterie with six pairings of things like pork and peppercorn pate with pickled cipolino onions, quince paste with Tallegio, onion cranberry marmalade with Pecorino. The cured green tomatoes with a smoked tomato coulis and micro greens was complex and wonderfully seasoned. There are several pizza choices including a duck confit, red wine fig jam with bacon, brie  and arugula on a thin crust which was, as it sounds, packed with flattering flavor combinations. The buccatini pasta with sautéed mushrooms that had been marinated in sherry was sensational even after we were completely full from the apps and pizza.  Oh did I mention they bake their own bread items at their Todo al Mondo  location down the street.

Tomato Salad from The Italian Market Village. Photo: Steve Stover

Tomato Salad from The Italian Market Village. Photo: Steve Stover

Wine is sold at state minimum retail and with an $8.00 corkage allows for bargain sampling of great wines from an extensive collection. $40. will get you several courses and wine – a good deal for divine dining in a fun and energetic setting. The service staff was very attentive, ask for Davie. Thanks to owners Ali Alshahal and the A&R Group for this latest addition.

The Market Italian Village
1022 Summit St. Columbus, Ohio
(614) 745-2147

Hours:
7am to 12am Sunday – Wednesday
7am to 1am Thursday – Saturday