Moretti’s of Arlington
Upper Arlington, Ohio is the home to this little Italian gem. It’s tucked away by the clock tower at Tremont Square, hidden from traffic by the little courtyard. In the summer, you can sit outside and enjoy the patio, but not this trip. On this trip, we sat as close to the roaring fire place as we possibly could. And it was lovely.
Overall: 4.25 out of 5
The first thing you encounter upon entering is the bar area. It’s well separated from the rest of the restaurant and is a complete circle, so there is plenty of space. They have a good selection of liquor and beers, both bottled and draft, if you aren’t a wine drinker. The cocktail menu offers a few specialty drinks, two of which one of my dinner companions tried. I ordered a Manhattan, to start. If I rated drinks separately from the food, I would have rated them at about a 3 out of 5. The bourbon selection was slim, to start, and they were out of Woodford Reserve. I was offered Knob Creek as an alternative, which the waiter stated was “about the same.” Any bourbon drinker would agree that this is not true. My Manhattan was very watery and had chunks of ice floating in it, threatening to continue watering down the delicious bourbon. The other drinks were very sweet, but my dinner companions had no trouble finishing them.
The food was great! I ordered the House made Ravioli ($15) which is three gigantic raviolis stuffed with spinach, ricotta, basil and smoked mozzarella and topped with a mushroom and tomato basil sauce. The ravioli was clearly hand made and delicious. I don’t know how they get the filling so creamy and sweet, and I have been trying to replicate it for years.
One of my companions ordered the Gouda Mac and Cheese ($17) which is made with ziti, gouda cheese and topped with onion straws. You have the option of adding crispy pancetta for an additional $3, but being a vegetarian, she opted not to. She ate the majority of the dish without a complaint! It was creamy and very rich. The onion straws added a bit of extra flavor and texture, that I enjoyed but she said she could have done without.
My other companion ordered the Spinach Pasta Carbonara ($17). The unique feature about this dish is that they make it with a gorgonzola cream sauce. It also has crispy pancetta and onion. The sauce really makes it special. I’ve had carbonara at other restaurants, but never with gorgonzola.
They offer desert selections as well, but we decided not to order one there. We had Jeni’s ice cream waiting for us.
Our service was ok. Aside from a few snarky remarks, the waiter was pleasant and did NOT have terrible B.O. as we initially suspected. He was relatively quick with our food, but didn’t offer any suggestions or make any additional conversation. It was fine for us.
The value overall is good, considering the food is very tasty and the portion sizes are large. There is a split plate charge of $3 and all entrees are served a la cart.
I would certainly return to Moretti’s tonight if it were not an 8 hour drive! There is a second Moretti’s in Columbus, Ohio but I am unsure as to whether or not they are owned by the same people. I haven’t been and certainly wouldn’t risk it.