Written by: Steve Stover
Date: February 12, 2016
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 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.
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!
1195 N High St (at 5th Avenue)
Columbus, OH 43201
Parking available after 5 pm at 50 West 5th Avenue
Tuesday – Sunday: 5pm to close