Orion and Laura Trifoni's latest restaurant will have laidback vibe and reasonably priced menu.
Orion and Laura Trifoni's latest restaurant will take on a more casual vibe.
Panini Opa, set to open next week in a former Rally's location on Bethel Road, will be a slight departure for the couple, who opened Greek Corner seven years ago in the Linworth area.
The menu will be equal parts Greek and Italian, featuring such dishes as lasagna, pasta and pizza, as well as mainstays moussaka, pastitsio and stuffed grape leaves.
Orion Trifoni described the restaurant as fresh, fast and affordable - with nothing costing more than $10. It will offer counter-order service, with customers getting a chance to build their own combos.
As the name suggests, Panini Opa will serve a variety of hot-pressed sandwiches on either wheat or white ciabatta bread. Among the most popular of all dishes at Greek Corner, they include an Italian option, red snapper, and a burger seasoned with Italian spices. A full line of hot and cold appetizers - hummus, falafel, tzatziki and such - will make the rotation.
In addition, salads, soups, kebabs, daily specials and homemade desserts will be among the bill of fare.
Within the last two weeks, the Trifonis sold their original Greek Corner at 3512 W. Dublin-Granville Road. Their intention is to concentrate on their second Greek Corner, 1305 W. Lane Ave., and Panini Opa, 4799 Bethel Road, Mr. Trifoni said.
They have been working on their new venture for the better part of the year, adding about 1,000 square feet onto the building for roughly 1,800 square feet total. It will seat 45.
Both Trifonis are from Albania but spent much of their youth in Greece learning how to cook. Mr. Trifoni said they came to America with nothing more than steely determination.
"We came here with no English, start with zero," he said. "I'm from Albania. I grew up in Greece but I love America. If you work hard, you can do a lot in this country."
Panini Opa will be open daily for lunch and dinner. Beer and wine will be served. A drive-through window will be open until 3 a.m. on the weekends. For more information, call (614) 336-8830.
Zero's Pizza officially opens on Nov. 28.
The New Albany pizzeria is relocating to new digs at 5535 New Albany Road W. in the Giant Eagle center.
The restaurant, owned by Dave and Francine Berger, has been closed since June, when the city of New Albany purchased the property to improve the intersection at Central College and Kitzmiller roads.
Mrs. Berger said the place is known for its 15 specialty pies, including the cheeseburger option, and stromboli. All are made from fresh-tossed dough. New pizzas will appear on the menu, such as the healthy choice and seafood selections. Expanded offerings will also include deep-fried mushrooms, cheese sticks and the like.
Beer and wine will be available for carryout. The couple has applied for a license for on-premises consumption.
Zero's - as in "zero in on the taste," Mrs. Berger said - will be open for lunch and dinner daily. For more information, call (614) 933-0399.
The owners of the two Gyro Shoppe locations have opened Greek Castle in Lewis Center.
The quick-serve restaurant takes over the space formerly occupied by Banh Mi, a quick-serve Vietnamese eatery that made it just a few months at 8641 Columbus Pike, otherwise known as High Street, on the Far North Side.
Greek Castle is known for subs, salads, pita sandwiches and gyros, with most dishes in the $5 to $9 range.
It is open daily for lunch and dinner. For more information, call (740) 659-8556.