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Bobby Silver and business partner Faith Pierce maintain a fierce commitment to the art of the pie, not only contributing elevated flavors to the traditional dish but also offering inventive marketing tools and creative expression out of their shop in Olde Towne East. So, as we celebrate all things pizza, we had to take a [...]
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Bobby Silver and business partner Faith Pierce maintain a fierce commitment to the art of the pie, not only contributing elevated flavors to the traditional dish but also offering inventive marketing toOlive in a Van prizzaols and creative expression out of their shop in Olde Towne East.

So, as we celebrate all things pizza, we had to take a moment to check in with Silver, a CCAD-trained artist who has been creating brilliant chalk drawings for each of the shop’s monthly specialty pies. All give props to pop and international culture alike—from Chris Farley to Frida Kahlo.

“I love to draw and show work. All I care about is that I get to draw and make a living with my art. This has given me the opportunity to do so,” Silver said. “So making pizza art does not lessen the significance of making and showing art. If anything, it has given it more meaning to me as we help support an entire growing community here in Olde Towne East and Columbus, both culturally and as a business. Besides, what is more important than pizza?”

Well, perhaps nothing. But we did want to get the backstory on some of Silver’s favorite specialties:

The Latin Lover

“Not sure we have ever beaten this one. It’s seasonal, a summer pie. It has 12 ingredients, and the large comes with a full avocado on it. We also get special permission each year from Carlos of El Arepazo to use their famous cilantro sauce, which if you have ever tried is a little taste of heaven. I have drawn different drawings for it, but my favorite drawing for it was one of Frida Kahlo. We want a diverse cultural experience. It is Pizza Americana. So the way we view it is that any cuisine is free game, much like the concept of America being a giant melting pot of every flavor. All are welcome, theoretically. Seemingly endless combinations. We recognize that it is easy to make things funny or kitsch when looking for pizza inspiration. However, sometimes the inspiration comes from a much more genuine admiration of cultural icons. It is paying tribute to [a] true person, a true artist who had a huge cultural effect on the world. Like Frida. It is nice to help expose these drawings, ideas, and representation to people who either appreciate these icons, or for those who may not know about them to learn. We love the idea that it could serve also as a learning experience.”

The Big Trouble in Little China

“I don’t know, I got in way over my head. Too much detail and was not broad enough for the medium. I was just trying to impress a friend who put me up to it. Truth be told…it was unfinished the whole time it was up. [laughs] Who cares though, when you can eat crab rangoon pizza!”

The Wu-Pie

Wu-Pie

“Marcus Meacham’s Wu-Pie was maybe the most apropos—36 ingredients to represent the 36 chambers of Wu-Tang. Need I say more? Complete with a dash of Hennessy and a sprinkle of hemp seeds. It was basically Korean BBQ Pizza. The bomb! I drew all of the main figures in the Wu-Tang Clan—even Killa Priest, who I met and got drunk with on tour at SXSW. Apparently the year before, the whole clan showed up there with Bill Murray, and they literally took over every place they walked into. Wish I had been there that year.” [laughs]

The Yellow Brick crew is always trying to elevate the game, including plans for an upstairs bar called Super Arcade Awesome. For more, visit yellowbrickpizza.com or arcadesuperawesome.com.

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It’s Restaurant Week! Enter grand prize, view menus, make reservations

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It’s finally here! Happy Restaurant Week July 15-20! What’s Restaurant Week you ask? You must be new. Thats OK! We’ll get you up to speed and in the know.

This week, you can enjoy 3-course meals at 120+ of Columbus’ best restaurants for a fraction of the cost. Dig into deep discounts from local favorites such as City Barbeque with special menus starting at just $15! Restaurant Week is also your to scope out some of the swankiest spots in town on the cheap like Smith & Wollensky and Mezzo !

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Or, you could get meals for FREE if you’re the lucky winner of our grand prize! In our Restaurant Week giveaway, one lucky winner will receive a $500 Marathon Gift Card AND dinner for 4 at 5 Restaurant Week restaurants! Plus, 25 additional winners will receive dinner for 2 at a participating Restaurant Week restaurant!

Your giveaway entries could help you score big, but they also do good in the community. During Restaurant Week Columbus presented by (614) Magazine & Marathon Petroleum Corporation, $0.25 donation will be made to Pelotonia for each unique giveaway entry, up to $5,000.

To view menus, make reservations, and enter the grand prize giveaway, visit eat614.com. And be sure to keep an eye on 614’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages for additional giveaways all week!

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Tuttle Mall getting a lot sweeter thanks to 2 newcomers

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Malls have changed a lot over the years. Remember Waldenbooks? Was KB Toys your go-to as a kid? Heck, even Sears will soon be nothing more than a memory.

While mall establishments are frequently lost to the sands of time, it’s rare that you see a former retailer return to a mall it’s already vacated once. Well brace yourselves, sweets fans, because a gooey, sugar-frosted favorite is making a comeback at Tuttle Mall.

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Of course we’re talking Cinnabon, which was last in operation at Tuttle some years ago, and is now listed as “coming soon” on the mall’s directory. But wait! As tempting as it will be to fill up on cinnamon rolls after this long absence, you’ll want to save room for this other coming attraction: it seems Duck Donuts is also setting up shop in Tuttle.

Hop on the treadmill and give your dentist a heads-up, mall lovers—sweets are back at Tuttle in a big way!

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Dive into Guy Fieri’s picks for best BBQ in nation, including one local spot

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Columbus native and mayor of Flavortown Guy Fieri has always had a soft spot for his hometown, especially its BBQ. He’s been around the country to enjoy some of the best food America has to offer for his show Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, but it’s right here in Columbus where some of the meats are being smoked: Ray Ray’s Hog Pit.

The Food Network recently posted a list of Fieri’s top barbecue picks from DDD including James Anderson’s smokin’ hot food truck.

Guy Fieri just named us to his “Best BBQ from DDD” list. Thanks for the massive honor Guy, come back and see us anytime. http://bit.ly/DDDBestBBQ

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“Chef and Owner James Anderson raises his own pigs for the succulent smoked offerings at Ray Ray’s Hog Pit, a one-of-a-kind barbecue truck in Columbus, Ohio,” reads the Food Network description. “Guy tried the super-moist Mangalitsa Brat Burger and St. Louis Spare Ribs.”

Ray Ray’s was originally featured on the “College Town Champs” episode of Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives in 2017.

Click here to view Fieri’s 59 top BBQ picks.

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