Written by: Steve Stover
Date: July 7, 2017

The Kitchen Sink Salad at Palle by Moretti features beef meatballs, greens, veggies, crispy garbanzo beans, hummus and balsamic vinaigrette. Photo: Steve Stover

The Kitchen Sink Salad at Palle by Moretti features beef meatballs, greens, veggies, crispy garbanzo beans, hummus and balsamic vinaigrette. Photo: Steve Stover


 
Palle by Moretti at 1021 W. Fifth Ave, just east of Olentangy River Rd., is a fast-casual spinoff of the popular Moretti’s of Arlington. Its meatball-centric menu is punctuated with naughty, but all in good fun, meatball puns and jokes.

The room is cozy and dominated by the full bar, with seasonal outdoor seating. Owner Tim Moretti and wife Jami are usually on hand, and try to stop by every table.

The interior of Palle by Moretti on Fifth Avenue in Grandview.

The interior of Palle by Moretti on Fifth Avenue in Grandview. Photo: Steve Stover


 
The food is prepared with the same care and quality as Moretti’s of Arlington, with locally sourced (house-ground) meat, produce and dairy.

You can go “commando” with just meatballs and sauce (two for $6, four for $9) and your choice of polenta, risotto, pasta, sweet potatoes, garlic mashed potatoes, house tots, mac & cheese, or white beans and spinach for another $6. Alternatively, check out the meatball sandwich with soup or salad ($12) or the Kitchen Sink Salad with meatballs and sauce ($11). The menu also includes six starters ($3.50 to $11), meatball sliders ($4 each), tacos ($4 each), salads ($5-$7) and vegetables ($5).

Palle by Moretti' beef meatballs and spaghetti with house marinara sauce.

Palle by Moretti’ beef meatballs and spaghetti with house marinara sauce. Photo: Steve Stover


 
The spicy pork meatballs with marsala mushroom gravy at Palle by Moretti.

The spicy pork meatballs with marsala mushroom gravy at Palle by Moretti. Photo: Steve Stover


 
We shared the farro beet salad with arugula, basil, feta and vinaigrette. I had the classic beef meatballs and spaghetti with house marinara. My wife had the spicy pork meatballs with marsala mushroom gravy and yummy creamy polenta. Our friend had the Kitchen Sink Salad with beef meatballs, greens, veggies, crispy garbanzo beans, hummus and balsamic vinaigrette.

Palle by Moretti's farro beet salad with arugula, basil, feta, and vinaigrette.

Palle by Moretti’s farro beet salad with arugula, basil, feta, and vinaigrette. Photo: Steve Stover

The lengthy dessert menu, for which we never have had room, includes ice cream by the scoop and in floats, ice-cream sandwiches, house-baked cookies, chocolate chip cannoli, warm ricotta donuts and a salty pecan caramel ball with hot fudge.

Palle by Moretti is fun, casual, and relaxing. The food is well prepared and delicious!

Location
Palle by Moretti
1021 W Fifth Ave
Columbus, OH 43212
614-421-2255
pallebymoretti.myshopify.com

Hours
Lunch
Wednesday-Saturday: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m – 10:30p.m.

Dinner
Monday-Thursday: 4 – 9:30 p.m.
Friday – Saturday: 4 – 10:30 p.m.


  • Anthony J. Salamon

    Silent Woman…Main Street..Whitehall…Just east of the Lavender Pussycat.

    Also, Ciao Restaurant in Upper Arlington, Emerson’s Steak House..Bexley.. All you can eat steak on Thursday..

    Dancing…Charlie Bear’s..East Side…Dixie Electric, West Side, Ciro’s…Bexley

    Others…Sandy’s Hamburgers, Havana..Short North

  • Regular Joe

    What about the Salty Seaman on Weber/Hudson?

  • shmoopatties

    The Red Bull was on OLD Henderson Rd, not Henderson Rd. My first job was salad bar attendant there. Additionally, Big Bite and Backyard Burgers were a couple of Fast Food joints that got their start in Columbus.