The transformation of Vittoria Ristorante & Bar into a prime steakhouse is complete.

The Powell restaurant has become Vittoria Prime Italian Steakhouse, 10241 Sawmill Parkway, and it has an updated menu, along with new owners.

William “Willi” Lalli, who owns the restaurant with his son, Nick, said classic steakhouse cuts have been given a fresh, Italian flavor.

The 16-ounce bone-in rib-eye, for example, is topped with fresh tomatoes, basil, olive oil and garlic, and it is served with a side of Asiago risotto and green beans.

“It’s not steak and bearnaise and potatoes – it’s something different,” Willi Lalli said.

Diners who prefer their steak unadorned will be accommodated, too.

“We’ll do whatever (customers) want us to do,” he said.

Still, much of the classic menu at Vittoria, founded in 2008, remains: arancini, sausage-stuffed peppers, linguine with white clam sauce, gnocchi and lasagna, but it all has Lalli’s input.

Tuscan Chilean sea bass is new. The herb-crusted fish is served over mushroom risotto with a side of sauteed spinach.

Most entrees cost $20 to $48.

Lalli also owns La Scala, 4199 W. Dublin-Granville Road in Dublin.

He and Bryan Fiebig bought La Scala, which was founded by Benny Ciotola and Richard Corna, in 2009.

Lalli, 66, said he hadn’t been thinking about buying another restaurant but wasn’t thinking about slowing down, either.

“You don’t often get those opportunities in your life, and I took it,” he said of Vittoria, which he purchased a few months ago from developers Marty Savko and Vince Romanelli.

He liked the look and the upscale nature of the restaurant, which has a 200-seat dining room and two private-event areas, one seating 45 and the other 25.

Lalli said he will divide his time between the two restaurants, with the kitchens in the hands of two brothers: Javier Gutierrez at Vittoria and Jaime Gutierrez at La Scala.

Lalli said he wanted to leave a legacy carried on by Nick, 40, who left the Kroger Co. after 25 years to join the family business in 2017. Willi Lalli’s wife, Lela, also will join the company.

“I like it,” Nick Lalli, now front-of-the-house manager at Vittoria, said of the business. “I think it’s instant gratification when, at the end of the night, you know you’ve made someone’s night memorable.”

Hours are 4 to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 4 to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sundays. Brunch will be available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays. For information, call 614-791-8100.

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Pancakes and gelato are together in Lewis Center: The Pancake House and Gelatolicious opened Nov. 25 in the former location of Wholly Joe’s Chicago Eatery, 1182 E. Powell Road.

The concept combines the scratch kitchen of the Pancake House, which has its original location in Westerville, and the gelateria, offering 18 homemade flavors.

“We’re just a diner focusing on homemade, unique foods,” said Janell Rando, who owns both Pancake House locations and Gelatolicious with her husband, Roberto.

Pancakes range from traditional to less common, such as the deep-fried “churro” version. The restaurant also offers a skillet using housemade chorizo, and daily lunch specials.

The Pancake House is open for breakfast and lunch from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Gelatolicious is open until 8 p.m.

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Peruvian-style rotisserie chicken cooked over charcoal is the main attraction at the Mix, 4362 Karl Road in Columbus.

The restaurant in the former iTacos location is owned by Alberto Denegri, Farxaan Jeyte and Fartun Aliduux.

The Mix also serves sandwiches and assorted sides, such as a Somali-style sambusa filled with meat and potatoes.

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