Written by: Steve Stover
Date: February 12, 2016

The "Some Guys Have All the Fun" pizza at Paulie Gee's with mushroom duxelles, extreme mushroom mix, thyme, mozzarella, fontina, and truffle oil.

The “Some Guys Have All the Fun” pizza at Paulie Gee’s with mushroom duxelles, extreme mushroom mix, thyme, mozzarella, fontina, and truffle oil. Photo: Steve Stover

Paulie Gee’s, the Brooklyn pizzeria which was voted New York City’s best pizza in 2014 by Zagat Survey, has opened a location in Columbus’ Short North.

Paulie Gee’s Columbus owner/operator Terry Gibbs worked at the Brooklyn location for a year before opening in Columbus in the former Short North Coffee House location on 1195 North High St.

Paulie Gee’s decor is plain, with wooden tables, subdued lighting, and a nice bar. However, the Italian wood-fired oven is the focus of the restaurant.

The Italian wood-fired at Paulie Gee's pizzeria in the Short North.

The Italian wood-fired at Paulie Gee’s pizzeria in the Short North. Photo: Steve Stover

The interior of the new Paulie Gee's pizzeria in the Short North where pizza are available for dine-in only.

The interior of the new Paulie Gee’s pizzeria in the Short North where pizza are available for dine-in only. Photo: Steve Stover.

The pizza is Neapolitan, with creative toppings. The crust is outstanding. The wood-fired oven makes for great flavor and a little char on the crispy edges.

We shared two pizzas: the “Ricky Ricotta” with sweet Italian fennel sausage, pecorino Romano, extra virgin olive oil, arugula, and post-oven ricotta ($18); and “Some Guys Have All the Fun” with mushroom duxelles, extreme mushroom mix, thyme, mozzarella, fontina, and truffle oil. Excellent.

The Ricky Ricotta pizza at Paulie Gee's features sweet Italian fennel sausage, pecorino Romano, extra virgin olive oil, arugula, and post-oven ricotta.

The Ricky Ricotta pizza at Paulie Gee’s features sweet Italian fennel sausage, pecorino Romano, extra virgin olive oil, arugula, and post-oven ricotta.

There are 17 pizzas, all with fresh and sometimes unusual ingredients. Curiously, there are no substitutions or modifications except as noted on the menu, and there is no carryout. Paulie Gee’s wants you to enjoy the pizza as it was intended, straight from the wood fired oven.

We started by sharing, for four people, the wonderful lamb meatballs with wilted kale, gremolata, whipped ricotta, and lamb sugo ($10), and the Oak Tree salad with currants, apple, orange, candied pecans, and blue cheese vinaigrette ($8).

Amber Herron, former owner of Deep Wood, is helping to develop the starters, including: scallop and brisket “surf & turf,” mushroom risotto, white bean soup and three salads.

The bar menu features signature cocktails, 10 draft beers, most from Columbus, and a thoughtfully selected, fairly priced wine list, a nice surprise for a pizza restaurant. We enjoyed two local beers:
Land Grant Kolsch 1862 (Columbus) ($5) and Actual Brewing Photon Lager (Columbus)($5).

Paulie Gee’s is off to a great start, a casual spot with great pizza and sides. Give it a try!

Paulie Gee’s
1195 N High St (at 5th Avenue)
Columbus, OH 43201
614-808-0112
pauliegee.com/short-north
Parking available after 5 pm at 50 West 5th Avenue

Hours
Tuesday – Sunday: 5pm to close
Monday: Closed


  • 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.