I grew up in an area known for its saturation of amazing small Italian restaurants and moved to Columbus, Ohio, where Italian generally means chain fare "big box" restaurants. As such, I really enjoyed our recent visit to Lola's. It took me home.
We ordered the house chianti, an appetizer called Giuseppe’s Pasta Fritto, lasagna and eggplant parm. We were too stuffed for dessert.
The Frito is basically a block of fried alfredo sauced spaghetti, served in a pool of marinara. It is huge and dense! Only order this if you are very hungry. It had a delicate cheese flavor, but was quite creamy. The fried crispy part was delicious and reminded me of PastaSalvi, another local favorite fried pasta. The problem for me was that the block was so large that the edges were hot but the inside was cool. That did not bother my husband who happily finished it. My eggplant parm was OUT OF THIS WORLD. It had a delicate panko breading and was cooked perfectly. It was served with a small serving of spaghetti with marinara sauce and perfectly cooked string beans. I will assume that the spaghetti was home made, although I saw no indication that it was. I would definitely order the eggplant again.
My husband thoroughly enjoyed his lasagna. The serving was huge. He commented that it was the best lasagna that he has had in Columbus, (mine excepted, of course, since he wants to stay married!) It easily could have served two people.
I think the perfect meal for two would be a salad each (which are offered a la carte) and a shared lasagna. Perhaps then we would have room to try the Tiramisu! Since there are so many delicious sounding entrees, there is no question that we will return.
Two glasses of wine, one appetizer and two entrees came to about $65 with tip.
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