Novella Osteria

4.7
312 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 312 people are saying
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4.6
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JoshP
Columbus
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server was knowledgeable, friendly, and genuinely interested in the food. We had a great time and food was delicious.

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BillC
Columbus
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first experience at Novella Osteria but it definitely won’t be our last! The food was authentic and absolutely delicious. Our server was very attentive and interactive with us which we loved. Can’t wait to return!!

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! What a treat! We had an amazing meal; from start to finish. The menu is true showcase of Chef Matt’s talents. We will be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Columbus
16 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Danielle was outstanding! Very helpful and extremely personable!

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KatieW
Columbus
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience2

We were excited to try Novella Osteria and booked a reservation as soon as we secured a babysitter. We were seated at the one table in the bar area directly under the air conditioning unit, making for a chilly dinner with glasses in our menus so they wouldn’t blow away. The food was good, but the service was just ok as our waiter was also the bartender with a full bar of patrons. It took awhile to put in a drink order let alone food. Because our table was in the bar in a corner, we didn’t get to experience the ambience of the restaurant dining area. For us, we would return if invited, but will not go out if our way to return on our own. If you are booking a reservation, I would note that you want to be in the dining area.

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vipFaith
Columbus
8 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were so excited to try Novella, and it did not disappoint!! What an incredible meal! Sophia was a wonderful server and the wine selection was quite nice!

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vipFoodFancy
Columbus
23 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always enjoy our time at Novella. The halibut fish special was so yummy. The service was impeccable and she offered insightful suggestions. It. Is interesting to try Italian wines and I was surprised with how good the limoncello was!

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vipKaytee
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can’t wait to go back!!!!

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Dude
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and excellent wait staff. Temperature of the room could have been a little warmer.

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Joen
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The rigatoni with short rib ragu was amazing! So flavorful!

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Barb
Columbus
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely amazing. I had the chicken and fingerling potatoes. It was the best chicken I’ve ever eaten. There were six of us in our party. Everyone loved their meals. The service was perfect. I highly recommend Novella Osterio. We can’t wait to go back.

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Patricia
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Novella was a very nice experience and I would recommend it to all. The food was fabulous and absolutely will go back again.

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Sriram
Naples
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Overall we had a good time at the restaurant but not likely to go back any time soon - three stars for the food and five for the waitstaff and ambience.

We had reservations and were promptly seated upon arrival. The waitstaff were super attentive to our needs and are an asset to the restaurant. The challenge was that the food we ordered was a hit or miss affair:
a) Antipasti: Burata was very good, Ricotta was okay (couldn’t tell if there was any spice in the spicy honey!). Good size portion.
b) Mains: Bucatini cacio e Pepe was excellent, eggplant parmesan was very average (not worth $20), mushroom risotto was way below average (unsalted semi-cooked mushrooms & corn with mushy liquidy goop).
c) Sides: Enjoyed the excellent crispy fingerlings and right on cue the Asparagus Cacio e Pepe was barely edible - the waitstaff noticed how we had barely touched the dish and were kind enough to take it off the final bill.
d) Dessert: The olive oil cake was good while the sorbet had a weird cardboard tasting off note.

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KathleenB
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wiw, what a little jewel in Powell. From time I walked in the door there was friendly, professional service from greeters, to bar tender, server. Very quick service, very reasonable prices.
Tables are well spaced giving it an airy feel. I ordered the goat, kale, strawberry salata with strawberry vinagrette which was exceptionall fresh, and just right amount of dressing. Freah bread was also brought out with drink order. My friend had the same salad and the veal meatballs which she enjoyed. Nice Rose on menu. Make ur reservations early in week for weekend as they fill up quickly.

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JanG
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We have been here twice and will definitely be back! This last visit we had quite a long wait to get our drinks due to a shortage of wine glasses (there is a glassware shortage thanks to the pandemic) which was disappointing but after securing our wine glasses everything else was spot on! The menu is in the smaller side but the eight or so things I have tried so far have been absolutely excellent. Employees are very knowledgeable and friendly and service was very good.

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GinaS
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always outstanding. I highly recommend the cavatelli and rigatoni with short rib.

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discerning
Columbus
8 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

there for our anniversary; was just a great time, food,. knowledgeable and made wonderful suggestions. expensive but worth it for special occasion.

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judy
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything great. Food and service. Russell was great.

JB
JonathanB
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good stuff, but, geez, take it easy on the salad dressing and pasta sauces. Restraint on the amount of saucing would be appreciated.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Came here for my birthday dinner. Food and drinks were delicious, but the service was very very slow. We waited about 30 minutes for our drinks to arrive and then had eaten and finished our appetizers and we’re sitting and waiting for about 10 minutes before our waitress had come back to take our dinner order. Restaurant closed at 9 and we were there until past 10pm

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AlexL
Columbus
13 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing everything time!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Weren’t able to accommodate adding anything deviated from the menu. Disappointed not enough vegan options or vegetable options.

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Joen
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! From starters to dessert --- absolutely delicious!
I appreciated the homemade cavatelli, as I rarely see this as a menu option in other Italian restaurants.

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vipCynthia
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was amazing. Waiter hovered too much, uncomfortable.

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vipLittleFlower
Columbus
14 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dining experience!

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Dave
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Overall, thought the restaurant is very good. Great addition to the area. However, acoustics made it difficult to hear what others were saying at our table. Print on menus so small you can hardly read the words.

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vipmarkp
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service. 5 stars

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Eatwell2livewell
Columbus
17 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An easy review: go here! Novella is a fine new restaurant. The food, service and atmosphere were commented on most favorably by all 4 of us. Enjoy!

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a fabulous meal. Would highly recommend.

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vipColleenE
Columbus
44 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An absolutely perfect meal. The food was amazing. The service was so helpful with terrific explanations and suggestions. Did I mention that the food was amazing? Wow. Amazing. Definitely at the top of our list of stellar meals in Columbus Ohio. We will definitely be back.

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frequentdiner
Columbus
8 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent - and served hot, as it should be. nice location.

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Bacchus
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food4service2ambience3

Enjoyed my dinner but my wifes entree was very disappointing. Service was good until the end of dinner when it became very busy and our waiter disappeared. We had to eventually flag down another employee for the bill. The couple who accompanied us were so upset that they vowed never to return. We do plan to return but will expect more accurate descriptions of the entrees. On the positive side , we have been to Italy over a dozen times and my pasta dish was as good as anything I've eaten there.

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CindyR
Columbus
8 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit to Novella and we can’t wait to return. The restaurant is simply beautiful and lively.
Our server was very good , attentive, efficient and quick.
Very good wine and cocktail selection. Large pours on wine!Focaccia was warm and served with good evoo.
Meatball appetizer was very good; tender and not spicy; large enough to share.
Burrata was outstanding.
Rigatoni with short ribs was incredible: beef and sauce were perfect. Cavatelli with mozzarella was also excellent.
We were too full to get dessert or after dinner drinks. Maybe next time!

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wombat
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Service slow as far as seating and drinks. Mussels were very good, dessert was very good, salad & pasta entrees were fair. Server very personable but slow

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CoachL
Columbus
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our wedding anniversary at Novella Osteria and it was the perfect choice! Our meals were amazing, our server was friendly and helpful, and the atmosphere was relaxed while still feeling elegant and festive. We highly recommend Novella and can't wait to return!

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dinner… a little pricy will save for special occasions!

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DanG
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great all around evening.

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DiscerningPalate
Columbus
10 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Family in town

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Amyz
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best Cesar salad I’ve ever had. The food was delicious.

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STEban
Naples
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food was excellent and the service was friendly and efficient.

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 312 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.