Kyle Cardwell studied photography in college, and even though he lost his passion for the field professionally after graduating, he’s found a new—if unexpected—outlet for his creativity and keen eye: Butchery.
He’s the head butcher at Bexley’s brand-new operation Macelleria (located at 2474 E. Main St.), which since its soft opening on Saturday has seen rave reviews.
Cardwell, who fell in love with the craft after a job at Whole Foods introduced him to other passionate butchers, loves the act of presenting cuts in aesthetic and eye-catching variations.
“It’s about making everything look perfect for me; just how I want it. When I fill the case I’m thinking of things like food photography; I want it to look like it could go into a magazine,” he said. “I like to use lines, drawing people into the case. The design principles from photography just kind of fell in place.”
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And after taking one step into the sleekly decorated Macelleria, Cardwell’s aesthetic sensibilities will make perfect sense. He and owner Phillip Clary have put together a sleekly designed interior that feels both chic and minimal, making the centerpiece of the Main St. location–you guessed it–the meat display case.
Because while we could go on about the nice interior touches they’ve thrown together, what we’re really here for is the meat. And in this department, the new Bexley business does not disappoint.
After a weekend opening that was only quietly publicized, the butcher shop is already seeing an influx of customers, and people can’t say enough about the spot.
“Honestly the response has been way bigger than we thought it would be, mostly due to social media and the Bexley Buzz [a Bexley-area Facebook group]. That’s what people seem to be talking about. And everyone who has bought product has let us know that they loved it,” Cardwell said.
Sourcing from a variety of non-GMO, antibiotic-free, and pasture-raised Ohio farms, Macelleria features everything from traditional cuts of beef, pork, chicken, and lamb, to more unique options like goat (coming soon), and a even a slate of exotic sausages, such as the wildly popular boar sausage, which sold out opening weekend.
Among others, the Bexley spot also features a lesser-known Italian sausage known as Mazzafegati. This Northern Italian speciality is made of a blend of pork and liver with the addition of orange rind, nutmeg, coriander, and fresh garlic for a deeply aromatic, full-flavored protein option.
So whether it’s artisanal porchetta or a fresh new sausage variety, this is one slice of the Columbus food scene you won’t want to miss.
Macelleria is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, visit macelleriabutchery.com.