Hi, Nice to meet you!
Think of your favorite neighborhood bistro. That’s our goal. Our dishes are a mix of
Italian and Lebanese flavors meant to be shared with people you like and who care
about you. We have a tiny kitchen and we use the best ingredients that we can get our
hands on. And let’s talk about the Wine List. Wines from Lebanon (yes, Lebanon) and
Italy that are eclectic and reasonably priced-especially during Happy Hour when all
bottles are priced at Retail State Minimum.
Sam Chedid was raised in Lebanon but born in Philadelphia where he became another member in the legion of angry, tormented Philadelphia Eagles Fans. After graduating with an MBA from The Ohio State University he realized that sitting at a desk pouring over spread sheets wasn’t for him. While opening a restaurant during Covid has been a challenge, Sam has never wavered in his commitment to bringing the food he grew up with to Columbus.
When Francesco Todisco opened Bistrolino with his partner Sam he wanted to recreate the experience of the neighborhood bistros of New York. Small, friendly places that served simple food with good ingredients.
“I got tired of working for people so we opened a restaurant to give ourselves a job” he says. And if things go well, Francesco will finally be able to get that black Vespa with the brown leather seat that his father wouldn’t buy for him back in Italy.
Jalen worked in various roadside zoos throughout Europe before moving to the U.S. and entering the hospitality industry. His passion, energy and confidence are evident in everything he does and his unmatched palate for bourbon and honey are a welcome
addition to the Bistrolino Family.