Speck Italian Eatery

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$30 and under
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Contemporary Italian
Buongiorno!
We are excited to share with you our interpretation of Italian Cuisine. Our food may not be traditional Italian, but it is influenced by the vibrant culture of Italy and its deep-rooted passion for really good food. We cook what we are excited about, food that moves us. Our dishes have been thoughtfully prepared by Chef Josh Dalton with intention to be both delicious and playful. We believe that when you love what you do it shows, and you can taste the difference. Dishes may include gluten, olive oil & love.
Our menu changes frequently as a result of the restaurant’s mission to serve the freshest available ingredients as well as to cultivate and encourage chef’s creative whims. Please check back regularly for updates.
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Columbus
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved the food-
Nice location in downtown Delaware.

OT
Columbus
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was wonderful!! The menu is small but everything was great: appetizers, pasta, steak, dessert. The place is small so I highly recommend reservations just in case!

AS
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing and delicious!

Speck Italian Eatery
Responded on September 10, 2019

Thank you so much Andrew!

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LS
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the black ink squid pasta and it was fantastic! My husband ordered the sausage ragu and that was delicious, too. I recommend starting with the speck and burrata--delish!

Speck Italian Eatery
Responded on September 10, 2019

Thank you so much Liz!! Looking forward to having you back at Speck very soon! Salute!!

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MT
Columbus
7 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at Speck. There were three of us dining and we all tried the three dishes (yes we are family so we share - not like Joey). For starters: the focaccia was tasty with the right amount of herbs, the olive oil that went with it was authentic, the ricotta crostini was very flavorful, had the right amount of pistachios, ricotta, and honey, and had a nice crunch. The sausage ragu was exceptionally well flavored. The gnocchi! I cannot say enough good things about how pleasurable this was. I have never had a softer gnocchi (like little clouds! ) and the saucy beef paired well. The risotto with bacon and corn and soft egg was our least favorite of the three, but still very good. The egg could have been cooked a little more and still been considered soft, in our opinion. The panna cotta with passion fruit was authentic in flavor. All were exceptionally well balanced and flavorful. Server was great! Highly recommend!

Speck Italian Eatery
Responded on September 10, 2019

You are too kind!! We appreciate you taking the time to write this and show us such wonderful support!! See you soon!

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M
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Bar type atmosphere so jazz would have been better than whatever it was they were blasting out.
Food - amazing!

Speck Italian Eatery
Responded on September 10, 2019

Thank you for the feedback on the music and your kind review about the food. Come back soon!

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ML
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time at Speck, but it definitely won't be the last! The food is unique and delicious!! In my opinion, this is one of the best restaurants in Ohio. Everything, including the pasta and cheese are made in house. I can't say enough good about the dining experience and the food!!!

Speck Italian Eatery
Responded on September 10, 2019

You are too kind!! Thank you so much for the love!! Salute!!!

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OT
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing and Ana is THE best server!

Speck Italian Eatery
Responded on September 10, 2019

Ana is THE BEST!! :)

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PA
Columbus
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fine.Good.
Would like a larger selection of wine by the glass. Although bottle pricing was acceptable.
So many choices now available in Columbus, really like the opportunity to try the more traditional Italian dishes. Had “black” pasta last night- something you cannot get in other restaurants.
Overall prices were in the market.
Wary of some of their alerts on seating locations and allocated time per table. Not a problem on a Thursday.
Plan to return.
PK

Speck Italian Eatery
Responded on September 10, 2019

Thank you for your review and fair comments! Hope to see you again soon!

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DW
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

A wonderful small boite serving the quality of food consistent with Veritas and 1808. Loved our special night

Speck Italian Eatery
Responded on September 10, 2019

Thank you for your review & we hope to see you soon!! Cheers!

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r
Columbus
63 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hate to recommend Speck, because I want there to be tables there when we go back! Anyway, yes another 5 star experience. Food is very special and it changes all the time which makes Speck unique.

B
Columbus
28 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been wanting to try Speck Italian and I’m glad we finally made it! It is one that we will be frequently visiting!
Next visit we will bring more friends! Our server Bill was very helpful in recommending apps, entree and beverages!

MC
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Confit wings were exceptional!

CR
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived early for our 6:30 reservation and were greeted warmly and were told our table would be ready soon so we sat at the bar and had 2 excellent cocktails.
Abby and Bill share service responsibilities and are friendly, knowledgeable, fun, informative and seem truly happy to have us there.
The food is beautifully presented and most importantly is wonderful! Fresh pasta is perfectly cooked and sauced and seasoned. Salads are fresh, in season with very good dressings. Chicken was a meal in itself!
The menu changes frequently so we’ll return soon.
This was a delightful experience and it’s easy to see Josh Dalton’s hand.

WC
Columbus
8 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious burrata appetizer artived with buttered toast and prosciutto. Roasted chicken with chimichurri had crispy exterior, and succulent interior. The lemon cookies are to die for.

YL
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food quality, presentation and flavor, all spectacular! Service warm and welcoming. Another home run Chef and crew!

b
Columbus
60 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a memorable meal. With the seasonal menu there is something new to enjoy every time we come to Speck. Our server Anna was an excellent tour guide through an utterly wonderful menu. Speck is our favorite Delaware Ohio restaurant.

t
Palm Springs
56 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Their little gem salad is incredible. I wish there were more to choose from on the menu as I can’t have pasta and I felt there weren’t a lot of choices

KS
Denver
33 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible meal and innovative drinks in a cozy atmosphere. Our new favorite place in Deleware!

K
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was good, Tomato Toast and Lamb dish were outstanding, gnocchi preparation was very good, but other versions preferable. Panna cotta always delicious.

AS
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it!!!

SC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed our evening out at Speck. The atmosphere and changing menu is fun and fresh here in Delaware.

g
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, excellent variety with an ever changing menu. Cocktails are on point. Staff welcoming and wonderful. Spectacular as always.

GD
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

I loved the food at Speck. I would say that portions were relatively small for the price of the meal and a couple of the items we wanted they were out of on the menu. The drinks were great. Service was fairly slow and not the best for the price of the meal, as well. Overall, I would say we had a good meal, but disappointing that we went there to get certain items and they were out. I don't know if we will make it a regular spot based on the high cost, slow service and unpredictability of menu items.

ML
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was great! Service was lacking. Not very attentive. We were told our server was only on his second day.

JS
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, drinks and service is always excellent. The menu is well thought out and executed flawlessly.

OT
Columbus
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as usual...love the ever-changing menu

CA
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and specialty cocktails. Highly recommend Speck.

H
Columbus
10 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Limited menu. We couldn't find "today's menu" on the website and found no entrees to get excited about. We settled for the sausage ragu, which was fine but not great.
Won't return unless we know exactly what's on "today's " menu.

RH
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time there and will definitely be back. It's a small menu but I could easily eat there a couple times a week and not get bored. You could even order a slew of appetizers and be satisfied - daily menu is available online if you want to go in prepared. Food was outstanding and priced appropriately for the value. Great service and an experienced wine person if you want to pair drinks.

JC
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food in Delaware, the food was amazingly good, got the eggplant and it was perfect.

BD
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was excellent and drinks were great. Since it’s a small restaurant I believe seating for 40 total and about half of that is bar. It makes for a cosey dinner spot. The menu is small but diverse. The ricotta and pistachio bread with honey is my new favorite. Looking forward to going back in the fall since the menu is always changing.

OT
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

absolutely fantastic... you can not go wrong in any restaurant owned and operated by josh dalton.

JW
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had been hearing the buzz about this new restaurant, so we finally got to check it out for ourselves and we're so glad we did! The food was flavorful and delicious. The wine was excellent, it was difficult to choose with such a great selection of authentic Italian wines! Also, the attention to detail with the presentation and environment was really impressive! This is a special spot!

Speck Italian Eatery
Responded on July 16, 2019

Awe shucks!! We are so happy to hear that you loved our little spot as much as we do!! Thank you for your kind words and we look forward to seeing you again very soon!!

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NM
Columbus
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious flavor combinations across a range of familiar and more adventurous dishes. Excellent drink options - cocktails, wine, beer, and sparkling water if you please. The staff is friendly and attentive and the noise level allows for easy conversation across the table. We're locals and brought friends from Upper Arlington and we all can't wait to come back. Top-tier food. Nothing disappoints.

Speck Italian Eatery
Responded on July 16, 2019

Thank you so much for helping spread the word! We love what we do and it makes us so happy to hear when others enjoy it!! Hope to see you all again very soon NewfMom!

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RB
Columbus
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing... Everything truly was Awesome I w=have been and will continue to commend.

Speck Italian Eatery
Responded on July 16, 2019

Thank you so much for the recommendation!! We appreciate your kind words!!

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NI
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Speck is on the most charming street in Delaware, Ohio, across from the historic Strand Theater. Entrees are original, hearty, the best among those tried being the eggplant. Bracingly innovative. The music was a tad loud, but the service was warm, attentive, accommodating. We will return!

Speck Italian Eatery
Responded on July 16, 2019

Thank you for your informative and kind review!

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GP
Columbus
26 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food is very good. Service was ok but a bit slow. They do not serve coffee which is how my wife and I like to finish a meal.

Speck Italian Eatery
Responded on July 16, 2019

Thank you for your review! I have spoken with my staff about the speed of service. In regards to coffee... the owner is not planning on adding a coffee service at this time due to size and time restraints in our cozy space. We have great coffee and selection of desserts in our sister restaurant, 1808, next door. We would be happy to walk you over and get you a seat and a cup at the end of your meal with us!

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J
Columbus
38 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved our first visit here! Best menu and food in the Columbus area. Lovely fresh menu. Anna our server was attentive and had some terrific recommendations for us to try. The complimentary cookies were the perfect ending to a very special meal!

Speck Italian Eatery
Responded on July 16, 2019

Thank you so much for the review!! We are happy to be here and its the wonderful people like yourself who support us, and help keep us doing what we love! Cheers!!

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AR
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing as was the staff. This will definitely be a regular place for us.

Speck Italian Eatery
Responded on July 16, 2019

Thank you for the glowing review!! We love what we do and appreciate you taking the time to support us so much!! Cheers!

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