Written by: Steve Stover
Date: January 30, 2014

The Pistacia Vera counter at it’s North Market location.

The Pistacia Vera counter at it’s North Market location. Photo: North Market/Facebook

Pistacia Vera, Columbus’ world-class dessert boutique and number one restaurant in the latest Zagat Survey, has opened a second shop in the North Market.

The original Pistacia Vera on South Third Street in German Village features fabulous desserts, pastries, sweet, breakfast and lunch dishes, and gourmet coffee and tea…and did I mention the macarons? It has become one of the most popular gathering spots in German Village, and always seems to be busy in a relaxing sort of way.

The North Market location, nestled in the northwest corner, stands out due to the spectacular glass case in the front, featuring a beautiful gold topped chocolate feuillitine, a tempting lemon tart, and a chocolate bombe, with miniature versions of each.

Nearby, there are large crusty croissants: butter, almond, and pain au chocolate, including a new whole grain version, as well as some savory croissants. The maple pecan twist is one of my special pleasures. The many flavors of macarons have been featured around the nation and even the world.

Breakfast and lunch dishes include an outstanding quiche with the best crust ever, salmon tartare, muesli, and other features.

Other unique items include canneles, a glazed French tea cake with a super moist center, the frangiapane, which can be either a breakfast pastry or a dessert, plus French palmiers, madeleines, and apple galettes.

The German Village store has a dining area, but the North Market has a large shared dining space upstairs.

If you have not been to one of the Pistacia Vera spots, you are in for a treat!

Pistacia Vera North Market
59 Spruce Street
Open daily except Monday

Pistacia Vera
541 South Third Street
Open daily 7 AM – 7 PM

Disclaimer: Pistacia Vera is owned by Spencer Budros and Anne Fletcher, who are long-time family friends and the children of Columbus “food pioneer” Jim Budros and wife Susan.

  • 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.