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Columbus Classics: Rubino’s Pizza

Aaron Wetli

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Welcome to Columbus Classics, where we visit Central Ohio’s most celebrated eating institutions. These are the type of places your sweet neighbor lady swears by, that your annoying coworkers love, and that you drive by every day, but maybe have never been to. Today we are going to go to Rubino’s Pizza, a Central Ohio fixture that has been slinging pizza, pasta, and subs (in the same location no less) since 1954.

Located on the east side of Bexley, Rubino’s Pizza is the kind of place where children are taken when growing up, congregate with neighborhood friends on college breaks, and eventually take their own children. The décor blends well with this narrative, as photos of employees are adorned on the walls, soda is only available in cans, and kids can play pinball or Ms. Pacman until the cows come home.

The star of the show is, of course, the pizza, which comes on a thin and crispy cracker-like crust that makes other Columbus-style pizza crusts seem thick by comparison. In true Columbus style, that crust is then covered in a robust red sauce, topped with cheese, piled high with toppings, and cut into square pieces.

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When I go, I ALWAYS get the onion, sausage (made in house), and pickle trio, which was recommended by a member of the wait staff. The pickles provide a salty contrast with the sauce, and compliment the crust with their crispy texture; just try it.

Of course, more traditional options are available, but they are on a build-your-own basis and come only in small (10 inch) or large (14 inch) options. If you are on lunch, the small is certainly a doable option and you won’t feel shame for eating it all or fall prisoner of the post-lunch food coma.

If you are taking dinner home for the family, it is recommended by the kitchen staff that they bake your pie until the halfway point and then it is up to you to finish off in the oven at home; just make sure your oven at home is ready to go when you arrive so that no time, flavor, or texture is lost.

If you aren’t in the mood for pizza, try the deliciously simple spaghetti options: mushroom, meatball, meat sauce, no meat, and extra meatballs, or mushrooms. The sauce is hearty and chunky, comes out piping hot, and unlike the pizza, this entrée IS guaranteed to put you to sleep after completion.

From 11am- 2pm, Rubino’s Pizza also has meatball, sausage, or veggie subs. These no frills subs are always overflowing with taste and toppings and make the perfect lunch time guilty pleasure.

Once you try Rubino’s Pizza, odds are you will be back. The rustic atmosphere and straightforward menu has something for everyone and if you leave hungry, it is no one’s fault but yours. Oh yeah, Rubino’s Pizza is cash only, so bring your wallet for the food, and quarters for the soda vending machine, pinball, and Ms Pacman.

Rubino’s Pizza is located at 2643 E. Main Street, closed on Mondays, and does not serve alcohol.

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Burritos To-Go: Six spots with carry-out or delivery for National Burrito Day

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It's always great to support local, but when you can do so and enjoy a burrito? That's a win-win.

While COVID-19 has made going to restaurants almost non-existent, carry-out and delivery still remains an option for many places. And to celebrate National Burrito Day, we wanted to send you in the direction of six spots that are offering the beloved-burrito through carry-out and/or delivery.

Señor Antonios Mexican Restaurant | Carry-out | 8617 Columbus Pike

Everything a traditional burrito should be; grilled chicken, fajitas, and smothered in cheese sauce.

https://www.facebook.com/SenorAntonios/photos/rpp.138883582788520/468001616543380/?type=3&theater

Dos Hermanos | Carry-out and delivery | 59 Spruce St.

Though their hours are restricted now—11 a.m. to 5 p.m.—you can still snag one of these at the North Market, or through apps like UberEats, PostMates, and GrubHub.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BtEJocWAi5w/

Brekkie Shack | Carry-out and delivery| 1060 Yard St.

It's never too late in the day for a breakfast burrito!

https://www.instagram.com/p/B-Cvtjfn8fi/

Chile Verde | Carry-out and delivery | Varies

Its best recommended to attack a Chile Verde burrito with a knife, fork, and loads of extra napkins.

https://www.instagram.com/p/B7lyLlJA9Xa/

Northstar Cafe | Carry-out and delivery | Varies

Northstar keeps the vegetarians in mind with this burrito featuring tofu, brown rice, and greens.

https://www.instagram.com/p/B8HUrKODiyP/

Cuco's Taqueria | Curb-side pick-up and delivery | 2162 W Henderson Rd.

Cuco's makes sure you have enough burrito to last you at least two meals. Plus, what's National Burrito Day without some chips and salsa?

https://www.instagram.com/p/BsN_SYGlTHI/

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Big Cat Energy: Watch Brio Asst. GM channel Joe Exotic in new video

Mitch Hooper

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At this point, the Tiger King references are all but inescapable. And it's for good reason; the show somehow gets more and more detached from reality as it goes on.

That being said, no one expected this video when Brio took to Facebook to announce its still doing carry-out orders at its Easton location.

https://www.facebook.com/brio.easton.9/videos/118240286484197/

"Hey! Do y’all have the hunger of a large jungle cat?" the post said. "Y’all tired of being caged up all day? Can’t find meat in the grocery store? Well, git yerself down to the Brio! Hurry, and try not to git bit!"

But this isn't the first time they've used a unique approach to announcements.

https://www.facebook.com/brio.easton.9/videos/117821209859438/UzpfSTEwMDA0ODk0Njc3ODUzNDozMDYwNjExMjk0OTk0MTQ6MTA6MDoxNTg4MzE2Mzk5Oi03NDQ0OTc1OTI2Nzk2MDk4MzQx/

Visit this link to place a pick-up order.

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Katalina’s owner leading charge for independent restaurant owners

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Known for her famous Pancake Balls (ridiculously delish, BTW), Katalina Day, the namesake behind Katalina's, is urging Gov. DeWine to consider emergency financial lifelines for her industry.

Restaurants were among the first and most devastated industries impacted by the coronavirus. Many notable local brands, such as Cameron Mitchell Restaurants, have closed most operations. According to Day, the industry needs immediate government intervention to survive.

Day started a Change.org petition which articulates the unique and specific challenges faced by the industry and the people who rely on it for their livelihood.

Addressing Gov. Dewine for relief, the petition is closing in on 1,000 signatures

"We have followed orders to close our doors to protect our communities, knowing what it would mean for our businesses, and we are grateful as citizens that you were one of the first to foresee that necessity. We did so without protest, and those of us who remain open are providing a valuable service through delivery, despite it being increasingly less profitable (as delivery services infringe on any profit)." said Day in the petition.

The petition closes with: "Bottom line: From our employees to our vendors and landlords to the burden on the healthcare industry and government, there is not a part of society that will not be touched by this crisis. "

Given these unprecedented challenges, please immediately consider:

  • Emergency grants for immediate business needs such as payroll and crucial operating expenses including food orders and utilities. 
  • Commercial and residential rent abatement and a moratorium on evictions both for owners and employees. 
  • Immediate cash relief for current and laid-off employees.
  • Abatement of payroll and sales tax.
  • Temporary commercial and government loan payment relief.
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