Speck Italian Eatery

4.8
231 Reviews
$30 and under
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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  • Sunday Supper Club 4-Course Prix Fixe Menu!

    Dec 6 - Dec 27, 2020
    Take the guesswork out of dining out and let us take care of you!! Enjoy 4 Courses curated by Chef Olivia Hamann utilizing all the freshest seasonal ingredients! $50 per person! Credit Card will be required to book. But, nothing will be charged until night of.
What 231 people are saying
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vipDavidH
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Speck once again delivers delicious food in a warm, welcoming atmosphere! The porchetta with polenta and the orecchiette were SO yummy! If you havent been there you should go!!

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KimlynQ
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

5+ Stars in all categories! Exceptional dining experience!

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HeatherC
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience2

They try to be creative & unique with their food but they haven't mastered it. I started with the local squash. It was good if you eat just the middle as all the edges & bottom were burnt & hard. My pasta dish had very little flavor. I had to order fresh parm to put on it to try & help. The flavor nor the portion size reflect the price you pay. They have recycled doors between each table which creates a nice separation but the seating is so uncomfortable that you don't want to stick around for long. I went with 2 other girlfriends (we drove an hour to try it) & none of us enjoyed the food or would go back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience1

The service and staff was very kind and attentive. After a year of wanting to try this place and knowing what the chef behind the menu is capable of, we left pretty disappointed in the food. The entree size was small but expected. Wings were too acidic, not much balanced flavor. The gem salad was delicious and best thing we ate. Duck gnocchi was bland and lacked texture. The pasta dish was supposed to have mushrooms and spinach but only had cheese and sauce. Overall this meal could have been prepared at home easily. Also, only one item on the menu seemed to have speck.

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adorejules
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Speck is a unique dining experience with a selection of enticing options. I would come there weekly if I could. Myself and my party found each item ordered absolutely delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience.. Definitely a repeat!!

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JeremyK
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Speck is the nicest high-end restaurant in Delaware. The food is excellent, the service is top notch, the setting is quaint. They also have a rotating drink list that we always look forward to trying. Highly recommended.

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Speck is our favorite date night spot! We order our menu favorites and a few new items each time we visit. The staff, food and drinks are always fabulous!

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Fitz
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An unassuming facade in downtown Delaware conceals the fantastic experience which awaits you inside. Warm and friendly service, coupled with a tight menu and well-executed plates, deserve your patronage.
My party chose the beets and speck and burrata as starters, followed by pork cheek and gnocchi as our main courses. All met or exceeded our expectations, with the beets and pork cheek as stand-out items. We had planned to order the sacchetti, which was highly recommended by the manager (Addy), however, they were sold out. To her credit, Addy had the kitchen put together a special taster's portion of the tortellini, which was both very generous of her and proved to be an exceptional dish as well.
We enjoyed glasses of prosecco and super tuscano wine with our first two courses. Additionally we sampled both the standard and cream limoncello and were happy with both. The shared dessert, apple crostata, was slightly off, with a harder crust than we would have preferred, but the flavors were on point. The complimentary almond cookies were delicious. Our server (Anna) made timely visits to ensure our satisfaction and was warm and personable.
The small, softly lit dining area provides the patron with an intimate setting. High walls separate the four tables to provide a measure of privacy and safety for the guests. The restrooms were both well-tended and appointed, rounding out the high quality of the facilities. Ample street and off-street parking ensures ease of access.
Overall, our dining experience was outstanding and and very memorable due in no small measure to the personalized service and good humor of the friendly staff. The value for money was very fair, with portions sizes more than adequate for the price. The flavors and textures in the dishes sampled were very pleasing and well-considered. Speck Italian Eatery is a comfortable 20-minute drive north of 270 in the delightful town of Delaware, Ohio. It's certainly a hidden gem and well worth your business.

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vipDaronB
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fresh pasta, amazing drinks, excellent service, what else could you ask for? A location in Columbus is what. Who lives in Delaware?!?! LOL

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vipDavidH
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Speck never disappoints! We had the most delicious mushroom, ricotta toast and delicious sachetti--filled little pasta pillows with fresh tomatoes, capers, lemon--absolutly divine!

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BRIANF
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service and delicious food, I wish the portions were bigger, but I'm an eater and it's a fancy place I was expecting smaller portions. Friendly staff they gave us free dessert since it was my wife's birthday

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JenniferS
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love, love, love Speck! Great food, ambiance and service! Highly recommend!

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KerstenS
Columbus
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious! The menu changes often so I eat here as often as I can!

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Kelsey
Columbus
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Olivia and the team always do such a great job! We went for the special dinner on October 12, and all of the dishes and pairings were wonderful! Can't wait to go back!

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vipEric
Columbus
12 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals we’ve ever had. The appetizer, entrees, dessert and drinks were delicious and seemed to be the right size portions too. The staff was fantastic and very friendly too. We even liked the dividers between the tables for social distancing. We hope to make this a regular spot to go in the future.

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vipDavidH
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Speck delivers again! Great comfort food...warm burrata smeared on sourdough with speck and giardinara---meatballs and to die for polenta--cacio e pepe--our bellies were so happy!! AND something totally new! The sacchetti! Wow! Beautiful filled pastas...such a treat! That place is something else!

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TonyM
Columbus
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent restaurant with excellent service, very friendly atmosphere

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, great service. It was a bit cold outside and we were by the door on the inside and it did not close each time, which left us cold throughout.

However, service great and food was amazing - would absolutely go back again.

Speck Italian Eatery
Responded on October 7, 2020

Glad to hear the food and service were great! Thank you for letting us know about the door. I am sorry that it hampered your overall experience. We are problem solving for ways to make barriers for that table to make it a much more cozy space.

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vipJRussell
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a find! Small, upscale casual Italian restaurant with a creative talented chef. Abby and all of the staff members are very friendly and fun. Put this intimate bistro on your “next up” restaurant list.

Speck Italian Eatery
Responded on October 5, 2020

you're too kind!! :)

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Some of our food was over cooked and some was under cooked and temp was just barely warm. Meatballs were tough. The decor was great and service was excellent. We will give you another shot. We know it is difficult being in the restaurant business right now.

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KimlynQ
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meatball appetizer and Sausage Ragu entree was the best we have ever had. This is “hands down” the best Italian food I’ve ever tried.

Speck Italian Eatery
Responded on October 5, 2020

Thank you so much! Glad to hear that you enjoyed everything! See you again soon!

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Hello
Wilmington
4 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of Delaware best! Just excellent food and pretty good service. Not just pasta but other dishes and drinks with an Italian heritage.

Speck Italian Eatery
Responded on October 5, 2020

Thank you thank you thank you!!!

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vipTommy
Columbus
18 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place, our favorite restaurant in Delaware, Ohio. Great job Speck's team, keep it up!

Speck Italian Eatery
Responded on October 5, 2020

Thanks so much Tommy!! See you again very soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Columbus
42 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food excellent!

Speck Italian Eatery
Responded on October 5, 2020

Thank you!

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vipDavidH
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Once again Speck nailed it with their delicious Focaccia Bread and Gem Lettuce Salad--our table was treated to a chicken parm that was fantastic, delicious mussels and rigatoni and a pork shank that melted in your mouth. SO delicious. Top it all off with creative and equally delicious desserts and limoncellos....can't go wrong with this one!

Speck Italian Eatery
Responded on October 5, 2020

Thanks so much for the wonderfully kind review David!! Glad to hear that you enjoyed everything! See you again soon!

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vipyankees2
Columbus
7 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

5 Stars all around!

Speck Italian Eatery
Responded on October 5, 2020

We appreciate it so much!!

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vipJoeD
Caribbean
5 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal, even better service. A gem of a little restaurant.

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Ellen
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible from beginning to end! Abby makes the entire experience worth it, and the food is delicious!

Speck Italian Eatery
Responded on September 17, 2020

Awe, shucks Ellen!! You're too kind! It was great to have you and all your family at the bar. lol. You are a little ray of sunshine... So, come back soon!! :)

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was outstanding!!!

Speck Italian Eatery
Responded on September 17, 2020

Glad to hear!! Thank you!

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vipElizabethD
Columbus
10 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendliest staff. Most creative and freshest menu. It’s always something different. Never get tired of going.

Speck Italian Eatery
Responded on September 17, 2020

We love that you keep coming to see us!! Thank you for the support!! Cheers!

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vipYvonneR
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and the service never disappoint! One of our favorite options for any occasion. The new meatball appetizer is something to dream about and crave for days!! Anna is as genuine and awesome as a server can get. Highly recommend!

Speck Italian Eatery
Responded on September 17, 2020

We always love having you in!! Glad to hear you loved the meatballs. And, you're right... Ana is awesome!!! Thanks for taking the time to show us some love!! Cheers Yvonne!!

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SharonKay
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food; nothing else like it in Delaware. Service was outstanding. Excellent place for a special dinner; in my case a birthday. I chose a free piece of olive oil cake to go and enjoyed it the next evening...best cake I've ever had! Speck was highly recommended to me and I highly recommend it as well!

Speck Italian Eatery
Responded on September 17, 2020

It was our pleasure!! Glad you enjoyed the cake too!! :)

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WandererOz
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Speck has some issues with food quality. Salt is a dangerous friend. We found our entrees somewhat over salted. Al dente is to be expected, but the risotto was just not cooked enough. And, unforgivably, the scallops had been treated with preservatives, and acquired the unmistakable taste of them. Costco sells scallops that are not soaked in preservatives before freezing. They would be a much better choice.
Since the days when Josh Dalton was cooking at Veritas and the food was just amazing, Veritas and now Speck has been looking for a replacement for him in Delaware. So far it hasn’t happened.

Speck Italian Eatery
Responded on September 12, 2020

So sorry to hear that you found your food to be less than stellar. We welcome feedback from our customers but also ask that you communicate any concerns to us when you are here so that we have the opportunity to make it right. We order our scallops from Coastal Local Seafood. They come in fresh, and have never been frozen or treated with any preservatives. Because they are rushed in overnight we pay quite a bit more for them than what Costco charges for their frozen scallops.

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LeslieK
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service are both amazing!

Speck Italian Eatery
Responded on September 12, 2020

Thank You so much!!

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vipBabs
Columbus
33 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed our evening at Speck Italian Eatery! Food was delicious as always, and the staff made sure everyone was taken care of and Social Distancing was exceptional...We will definitely recommend Speck Italian many times over!!!

Speck Italian Eatery
Responded on September 12, 2020

So glad you enjoyed everything and we hope to see you again very soon!!

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vipFoodie
Columbus
7 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! Amazing cocktails! Great service! Megan is the best. She really makes us feel welcome and always takes the best care of us.

Speck Italian Eatery
Responded on September 17, 2020

Thank you so much!! We agree, Megan rocks!!

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vipHeatherC
Orlando
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Food and drinks were fresh and tastu. Highly recommend

Speck Italian Eatery
Responded on September 12, 2020

Thank you thank you!!

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KathyK
Columbus
17 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all around. Homemade lemoncello was so creamy and delicious. Focaccia bread to start was amazing. Homemade , soft on the inside, crispy on the outside. Gnocchi was soft and pillowy with a light and
Super flavorful herby sauce. Husband had rigatoni and said it was the best pasta dish he’d ever had. They gave us amaretto cookies at the end of our meal. They were a perfect way to close out a fantastic meal.

Speck Italian Eatery
Responded on September 12, 2020

So happy to hear such kind and glowing recommendations!

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JZ7757
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always amazing and the service is impeccable! Never disappointed!!

Speck Italian Eatery
Responded on September 12, 2020

Thank you!

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FAQs

Speck Italian Eatery offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (740) 417-4074.

Speck Italian Eatery is rated 4.8 stars by 231 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.