If a Columbus Food Hall of Fame existed, pasta Salvi surely would be in it.
Pasta Salvi begins with fettuccine smothered in a butter-cream sauce, cooled on a sheet pan and cut into rectangles. Panko-battered and golden-fried, the planks of pasta are ladled with marinara sauce and draped with provolone cheese.
Although B.G. Salvi's, the chain at which the dish originated, ceased operations a few years ago, pasta Salvi has made a comeback at Delaney's Diner, a breakfast-and-lunch restaurant at 5916 Westerville Road in Blendon Township, just south of Westerville.
Jeff Miller, who founded the diner with his wife, Lisa, worked for the Salvi family for 25 years and has revived the recipe that was synonymous with the departed chain.
"We've learned there's a whole generation, including some of our servers, who don't know a thing about pasta Salvi," Lisa Miller said.
Jeff Miller had worked in banking as well as restaurants and Lisa Miller's resume includes work in the pet-care industry.
They said they found the allure of opening their own place irresistible.
"There's just something about the restaurant business," Lisa Miller said. "Once you're in it, it's hard to get out of it."
They looked to their daughter, Paige, a sophomore at Westerville North High School, to christen the diner. Her middle name is Delaney.
The Millers took over the former Best Breakfast in the Glengary Shopping Center south of Interstate 270.
Delaney's is meant to be the quintessential neighborhood diner, with an exhibition kitchen, shiny upholstery and inexpensive meals.
Most individual meals are $5 to $10.
The menu has all the classics: omelets, pancakes, biscuits and gravy and house-prepared corned beef, served as hash and in the Reuben sandwich.
Patrons also can get a BLT or breakfast "conewich" made with bread shaped into a cone.
Signature dishes include Roy Lee's breakfast casserole, combining eggs, sausage, mushrooms and cheese, and the Hoosier pork tenderloin that features a slice of pork pounded out, marinated in buttermilk and deep-fried and served on a bun with traditional garnishes.
Delaney's serves a cauliflower-quinoa veggie burger in addition to beef burgers.
Hours are 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. For more information, call 614-776-5788.
The Refectory is expanding, although not by much.
A 600-square-foot walk-in cooler is being installed on the northwest corner of the property.
It is needed to accommodate a growing number of events, such as music dinners, wine-tasting meals and banquets, at the restaurant, 1092 Bethel Road, said Kamal Boulos, who owns the restaurant. The two-story addition will create storage, freeing up kitchen space for other purposes, he said.
Annie's Wine Cottage has opened in downtown Powell.
Anne Gabriel's shop has replaced Serendip Gallery at 30 W. Olentangy St.
Gabriel's 1,500-square-foot store offers 700 labels from across the globe, ranging in price from $7.99 to $275.
Tastings are scheduled every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, some with a nominal charge and others costing $20 or so but accompanied by food, said Gabriel, who has 25 years of experience in the wholesale wine industry.
Annie's Wine Cottage also sells cheeses, charcuterie items, stuffed olives, premium olive oils and vinegars.