Written by: Steve Stover
Date: July 7, 2017
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 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).
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.
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!
Palle by Moretti
1021 W Fifth Ave
Columbus, OH 43212
Wednesday-Saturday: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m – 10:30p.m.
Monday-Thursday: 4 – 9:30 p.m.
Friday – Saturday: 4 – 10:30 p.m.