Speck Italian Eatery
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.
Sunday Supper Club 4-Course Prix Fixe Menu!Dec 6 - Dec 27, 2020Take 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.
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.
Fresh pasta, amazing drinks, excellent service, what else could you ask for? A location in Columbus is what. Who lives in Delaware?!?! LOL
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!
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
Love, love, love Speck! Great food, ambiance and service! Highly recommend!
Always delicious! The menu changes often so I eat here as often as I can!
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!
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.
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!
excellent restaurant with excellent service, very friendly atmosphere
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.
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.
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.
you're too kind!! :)
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.
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.
Thank you so much! Glad to hear that you enjoyed everything! See you again soon!
One of Delaware best! Just excellent food and pretty good service. Not just pasta but other dishes and drinks with an Italian heritage.
Thank you thank you thank you!!!
Love this place, our favorite restaurant in Delaware, Ohio. Great job Speck's team, keep it up!
Thanks so much Tommy!! See you again very soon!
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!
Thanks so much for the wonderfully kind review David!! Glad to hear that you enjoyed everything! See you again soon!
5 Stars all around!
We appreciate it so much!!
Great meal, even better service. A gem of a little restaurant.
Incredible from beginning to end! Abby makes the entire experience worth it, and the food is delicious!
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!! :)
Everything was outstanding!!!
Glad to hear!! Thank you!
Friendliest staff. Most creative and freshest menu. It’s always something different. Never get tired of going.
We love that you keep coming to see us!! Thank you for the support!! Cheers!
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!
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!!
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!
It was our pleasure!! Glad you enjoyed the cake too!! :)
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.
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.
The food and service are both amazing!
Thank You so much!!
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!!!
So glad you enjoyed everything and we hope to see you again very soon!!
Amazing food! Amazing cocktails! Great service! Megan is the best. She really makes us feel welcome and always takes the best care of us.
Thank you so much!! We agree, Megan rocks!!
Amazing! Food and drinks were fresh and tastu. Highly recommend
Thank you thank you!!
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.
So happy to hear such kind and glowing recommendations!
The food is always amazing and the service is impeccable! Never disappointed!!
Everything was great as usual.
Amazing food and great service as always!
Overall wonderful experience. The staff is truly caring. True professionals
Speck's menu changes daily and is limited to a few delicious Italian offerings. Our dinner was nothing short of perfect. The waitstaff is very knowledgeable and ready to offer descriptions and advice. The bartender is generous.
The tables are separated by barn-door-type dividers and the staff all wore masks. Everything is cleaned between customers. We felt very safe.
Definitely a great choice! We will go back.
Food was wonderful. Very clean and refreshing. Not heavy at all. Love the flavors and the service was very nice and friendly
One of the best meals I've had in a long time! Every single item was delicious and full of flavor--from the foccacia bread to the mussels, the gnocchi, and dessert! Just fabulous! If you go, be sure to save room for dessert! There isn't a bad one on the menu!! (We know because we had one of each :) --lol!!!
Everything is made to order and so good. Don't go there is a hurry, enjoy the food and the company!!
Last minute decision to grab one quick drink and dish for dinner after seeing a picture on instagram and turned into a couple dishes. Amazing as always. Speck kills it. Every. Damn. Time.
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 224 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.