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After nearly 30 years, this Upper Arlington pizzeria and restaurant announces closure

After nearly 30 years, this Upper Arlington pizzeria and restaurant announces closure

Jack McLaughlin

Following almost three decades, a Columbus wood-fired pizza pioneer is closing its doors.

According to a statement posted to its social media pages on Friday, Figlio announced its Upper Arlington location will close for good on July 29. Peter Danis, who owns and operates Figlio alongside Laurie Danis, told 614Now the eatery agreed to be out of the space by early September, and will move equipment out in August after closing.

Figlio’s original location in Grandview and its Dayton location will remain open.


“The time has come for us to move on to new opportunities and make way for the redevelopment of Golden Bear Center in Arlington,” the eatery’s statement reads. “You enhanced our lives in many ways and gave us the opportunity to work with such a great staff for 28 years (many of the staff will be working with us in Grandview!).”

Patrons are invited to share their favorite Figlio memories with the Danises by reaching out to [email protected].

First opening in Grandview in the early 90s, Danis said in a 2021 interview for Stock & Barrel that the concept was the first to bring wood-fired pizza to the Columbus area. Since then, its continued to be known for its quality Italian fare and culinary pies.

“We served great food with great service in a great community!  Luckily for us we have the opportunity to see our Arlington clientele as they dine with us in our original location in Grandview,” Danis told 614Now. “Three words sum up Figlio: Pizza, Pasta, and Passion!”

Figlio follows Colin’s Coffee as the latest Golden Bear Center business to close in the face of the plaza’s upcoming redevelopment. Local developer Arcadia, who plans to bring upscale condominiums for purchase and new businesses to the area, announced last week it had completed the land acquisition for the redevelopment, and that demolition will begin soon.

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