We’ve been long time fans of Pistacia Vera. As a matter of fact, we started visiting them when they were still “Pistachio” and located in the Short North in the space where Tasi is now. Anne and Spencer and Kelly and the rest of them are no strangers to my love of canneles, or my weakness for macarons. And I love their new (well, not so new now!) space. Easy to get to, plenty of parking, light and airy and beautiful. When we walked up today, on this record-setting warm but slightly windy day, they had the movable wall open with the breeze flowing throughout the store.
When we saw they were participating in Restaurant Week, we knew immediately that we would have to take some time out to try what they were offering. And wow – the “Taste of Pistacia Vera,” this sampling of their beautiful products for two, was rich and decadent and the perfect thing for a mid-afternoon treat. I’ve never eaten in before, but I’m going to have to make a habit of it from now on. For $15, you get all this, plus two hot beverages (coffee or tea).
It’s hard to choose one favorite out of the sampler, because we love it all. I mean, this is what is staring you in the face the second you walk in the door. It takes all the self control in the world not to go hog-wild every time I step in here. And their online menu makes me drool.
I think Paul’s favorites are the pate de fruits.
My favorites, outside of that cannele and macaron weakness? I’m a sucker for their Cashew Butter Caramels. Yum.
If you haven’t had an opportunity to visit Pistacia Vera yet, please do. From what I understand from those in the know, everything they offer is on par with honest to goodness Parisian patisseries, and is one of my favorite places to go (and bring out-of-towners) in Columbus.
If you’d like to go: Pistacia Vera, 541 S. Third Street, Columbus (German Village). 614.220.9070