495 S 4th St.
Columbus, OH 43206
I have one word for you: pizza. Pizza is a good gateway food for people who are hesitant to try a new restaurant, because it can take approachable food and turn it into something wonderful that’s not too intimidating. Harvest is especially deft at this, providing offerings that range from commonplace to creative.
1. Spicy Yuma Pizza
2. Ohio Double Bacon Pizza
3. Almond Pesto Pizza
4. Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
5. Butterscotch Budino
This review is focused on the original German Village location. However,stay tuned for features on the larger Clintonville location, and see my review on Harvest’s neighboring bar, Curio.
There is a focus on local ingredients here, and many of the veggies, meats, and cheeses are sourced from central Ohio. Start with a generous portion of the smooth Roasted Red Pepper Hummus, plated with carrots and flaxseed crackers. This will help save room for the main event, the pizza. Harvest’s crust is lightly charred from the wood-fired oven, and is light with the perfect amount of chewiness. Heat seekers should order the Spicy Yuma, topped with a chipotle-spiked sauce, corn, chorizo, roasted peppers, cheese, and jalapenos. Don’t miss the Ohio Double Bacon, because…there are two kinds of bacon, of course. Vegetarians and meat lovers alike will appreciate the simplicity of the Almond Pesto pizza, featuring spinach and artichokes. Furthermore, like Harvest on Facebook to see what they are featuring for the pizza of the day. Some of the best pies I’ve tried have been a limited-time special, which can range from a Cuban-inspired pork to a fiery yellow curry delight.
Save room for dessert, especially for the Butterscotch Budino. This Italian pudding is drizzled with caramel sauce and topped with a dollop of whipped cream, but the vanilla sea salt and almonds are the stars of this dish. I am such a sucker for a good sweet and salty combo.
Don’t skip out on libations either. If you are a beer drinker, Harvest has paired with Elevator Brewing to create Harvest Pale Ale, which is lightly-hopped and refreshing. The cocktail menu is worthy of praise too. The Front Porch Tea combines a traditional Arnold Palmer with Columbus’ own OYO stonefruit vodka, while the Dapper Dan’s root beer bite will delight any bourbon lover.
Culinary Clues: Both Harvest locations are closed on Sundays. Don’t be like me, and rush out to get your pizza fix for Sunday Funday, and then have your hopes and dreams crushed by the realization that the Harvest staff takes a well-deserved day of rest on Sundays. During the work week, don’t miss the $7 lunch pizza special either!