Novella Osteria

4.7
364 Reviews
$50 and over
Italian

Novell Osteria is a neighborhood Italian restaurant that focuses on true authentic Italian cuisine. We take pride in our hand crafted fresh pasta that is complimented by a unique and inviting beverage menu that is based on our philosophy of less is more. We invite you to come and experience Novella Osteria where good food and sincere hospitality is done daily.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
What 364 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.6
service
4.5
ambience
4.4
value
Noise · Moderate
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
Sort by
Filters
p
pep1224
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food was amazing. Best Risotto I have ever tasted. We had a glass of Nero D’avola that really blew my hair back. Got to try a Rye Whiskey I had been looking for that was a nice surprise. We will definitely return!

D
Dave
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great dinner here. Our server Jenna did a great job helping my wife navigate food allergies. The homemade GF pasta was a hit. I had the meatballs which were uniquely flavorful. The lobster pasta special was spicy but not overpowering. We shared a panna cota dessert with fruit and no topping which made for a nice gluten free dairy free dessert.

m
michaelt
Columbus
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Overly fussy Italian food. Simpler would be better.

C
Carol
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Food was good, but didn't strike us as true Italian. Menu is seasonal, which is nice, but fairly limited. Ambience was fair- decor has a "cold" feeling to it- the area near the kitchen and bar feel warmer. No delays in service, but our server was not warm- kind of matched the decor! Not a good enough experience for us to return.

RR
vipRichieRichWest
Columbus
19 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Appetizers were exceptionally good. Burrata on the menu states heirloom tomatoes but we’re actually cherry tomatoes (pet peeve of mine when restaurants do that). Very fresh and delicious though. The mussel toast was a hit and the meatballs were soft and tasty. Entrees were hit and miss. The fish special halibut was fantastic but the eggplant special was burnt on the outside and hard on the inside and also lacked taste (skin on eggplant is gross and eggplant is much better when sliced thin). The carbonara was lackluster and the ricotta ravioli was cold and puny ($16 for 6 raviolis??). The service was mediocre and without flare but haven’t we all come to expect that lately. With outrageous restaurant prices, wait staff doesn’t have to try hard to earn a decent tip at 20% but it would be nice to feel good about laying out decent coin for a meal. I wouldn’t say this place wasn’t worth trying, but be selective when making choices.

N
Novella
Columbus
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our table started with appetizers of veal meatballs and Caprese salad. Both were excellent. The salad tomatoes were deep red and delicious. We all ordered different pastas, and they were all very, very good. We ate outdoors, and it was lovely. The wait staff was friendly and attentive. Highly recommended!

6
614foodie
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing dinner for a friends birthday celebration. Everything from the cocktails, wine, food and service was top notch. Lauren is a wonderful server and we couldn’t have had a better time.

TH
THOMAS
Columbus
7 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great variety on the menu. Service was wonderful . We’ll be back !

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Columbus
9 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Average food for the price. The Caesar salad was disappointing. 5 leafs of romaine and dressing a a few croutons. The “main” dishes were nothing special.

BL
BarbaraL
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience2

The food and service at this restaurant were excellent--truly authentic, fresh pasta! For guests who prefer to sit outside (for health reasons), the restaurant could create a much classier, attractive, and secluded (from the main street running directly in front) patio ambiance. I've eaten recently at several places that do that.
Also, if the restaurant is not going to follow the Covid protocol for masking that is stated on the website, it should be changed or removed. It was disappointing to arrive and discover that what we expected in terms of masking (especially by employees) was not at all what we encountered. Customers could make better informed choices with accurate information.

P
Phil
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Everything was wonderful and looking forward to another visit. However, just a bit of construction criticism , our waitress did not crack a smile the whole time she served us.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Our server was under par for our expectations for a restaurant like this. It was our first time and there was no help on the menu. We weren’t given bread, which all the other tables had. Ordered a bottle of wine to come out with dinner and never received it. When I asked about it the waitress said she would go get it and after 10 mins returned and said they don’t have any clean glasses. Tried to bring it out after we were done with dinner and I cancelled it. She then said we should just take it home. The food was good, but the dinner portions were pretty small. This would have been okay, but the server never mentioned ordering an appetizer, or adding a salad or a side. It seemed like she wanted to rush us in and out and really didn’t have time for us at all.

VP
vipVincentP
Naples
9 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Too loud!!

GB
vipGraceBK
Chicago
86 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We enjoyed Novella a great deal and will return. Service was great and we were seated promptly. These things are definitely not a given these days. Loved the meatballs and the Caprese to start. Pasta was cooked perfectly and both were excellent. Olive oil cake was delicious. I appreciated the substantial glassware. Made me feel my drink was extra special.

D
Dinner
Columbus
31 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Another wonderful evening for dinner at Novella! The chefs create fine italian and seafood to perfection. The short ribs and rigatoni were fabulous, bread amazing, and olive oil cake scrumptious! Salads are wonderful also.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Columbus
9 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great food and great service. Also the drinks are always so good. Fun night

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Solid food and great service. I've had better Italian but this was a nice little meal in a cool spot

HF
vipHeidiF
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is amazing! We went for the first time last night and it did not disappoint. Ricotta appetizer is a must and meatballs were delish. I had the spaghetti carbonara which was so good I will definitely get it again. Peach dessert finished it off perfectly. Staff was incredible from our server to the Manager...made us feel so special. Atmosphere and vibe was awesome too. I loved the music they were playing. Everyone needs to try Novella. We will definitely be back!!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food were amazing!

LB
LisaB
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the home made breads with the meal and the seafood dishes we had were great! The homemade lemoncello and doughnuts were delicious!

B
Bacchus
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Authentic Italian food. Service very good. Wooden seats uncomfortable after awhile. Noise level extremely loud. Couldn't carry on conversation with others.

DL
DanL
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Celebrating our 26th anniversary and had a wonderful dinner!

MS
MattS
Columbus
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot! We were seated almost immediately at our reservation time. Server made great wine recommendations and the food was outstanding. Try the Short Rib Ragu or the Squid Ink pasta with crab, both delicious!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Julia was a wonderful server. Food and wine were amazing

RS
RangaS
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an enjoyable experience that was made memorable by Danielle. She was just a perfect example of what customer service should be.

J
vipJuliane
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was excellent all around! Can’t wait to go back!

DA
DianneA
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice ambiance! Our server did a good job with allowing us to linger, pace of meal was good. Meatballs and ricotta appetizers were delicious, bread and olive oil were outstanding! The cacio e pepe was delicious; tasted like Rome! Too stuffed for dessert!

CU
ColumbusUB
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food
Great service
Is now my new favorite restaurant in the Columbus area

AL
AlexL
Columbus
13 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!!!!!

Report
m
vipmarkp
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service continue to excel! Chef Matt and his team are rock stars

a
viparno32
Columbus
28 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

As always food was very good and server very attentive.
This was our first time seated in the dining at a table. My wife and I prefer the bar setting as we enjoy talking to people.
We now know the dining room seating is very good so we can entertain friends and family.
We really come back because the food is fantastic and seems very Italian.

D
Dinner
Columbus
31 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dining experience and very quaint restaurant, with excellent service. Salads were fresh and delicious, and rigatoni short ribs, ravioli and the chicken picc were all so nicely prepared and presented. Flavors were fabulous and fresh without being heavy. Thank you Novella!

k
kimm
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Wonderful attentive service Nd a delicious meal. Only negative is the noise level and poor choice of music.

PF
vipPeterF
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Backroom is very loud you need to put some fabric filters up to absorb some of the sound ,

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great first time diner experience celebrating a special occasion. Service was great! Food and drinks were delicious! Will be back!

HK
HarryK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience2

The server, Lauren, was amazing. The food was tasteless and pretty poor quality. The drinks were great. I would go there for a lunch drink and a salad

KI
KarenInPowell
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I made reservations for my husband and me through Novella Osteria's website to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary. The site prevented me from choosing any time slots between 5 p.m. and 8:30. So, we ate dinner at 4:45 instead of the 7 p.m. time that I preferred. There were fewer than 20 people in the restaurant at 5:30 when we left after dining. The service and food were wonderful, but it seemed rather lonely. I recommend calling the restaurant for reservations instead of using their website. Karen Miller

MB
MatthewB
Columbus
9 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Fantastic food, good service. Limited beer selection but wine list is good.

B
Barbara
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Overall impressed! It was our first time there and we will definitely go back! The Spritz (Aperol) was the best we’ve ever had. The Thursday night special, Lobster Fra Diavolo with Bucatini was the best dish I’ve had in months. The Spaghetti Carbonara was a little too plain for my taste. The pasta was cooked perfectly and you can definitely tell it’s homemade. It’s a great location with plenty of parking. We can’t wait to back!

B
vipBobsdelight
Columbus
56 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Risotto was a bit too oily for my taste. Insulata was excellent. Lemon Sorbet was not truly lemony. Coming back on the 22nd for a 2nd chance.

FAQs

Novella Osteria offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (614) 389-6698.

Novella Osteria is rated 4.7 stars by 364 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.