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Novella Osteria is a locally-owned and chef-driven rustic Italian restaurant with the philosophy of “less is more”. We strive to be the go-to neighborhood spot where guests share conversations, handcrafted cocktails and food.

Our Mission

Our mission is to cultivate a staff of passionate people who care deeply about serving their community the food they deserve.

Our mission at Novella Osteria is to create an authentic Italian experience.

Customers will sense a love for food, culture, and community. Novella is focused on seasonal menus, in-house pastas, and genuine hospitality.

  • Matthew Phelan


    Matthew is a long-time Ohio resident, having grown up in Dublin and attended Bishop Watterson High School. He then went on to further his education and received his Bachelor’s from The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York.

    Upon graduation, he worked in New York City for several years under some incredible chefs.

    In Summer of 2018, he decided to move back to Columbus to pursue his dream of opening his own restaurant in his home town and Novella Osteria came to life in 2020.

    He currently resides in Powell and is a new father to one.

  • David Koepf

    Sous Chef

    Columbus native David Koepf discovered a passion for cooking while helping his aunt prepare holiday dinners. He started working in kitchens 12 years ago while pursuing a degree in Food Business Management from The Ohio State University. Koepf’s kitchen experience began at Patrick J’s Pub and Grill (Clintonville). After completing his bachelor’s degree, Koepf completed the Culinary Apprenticeship program at Columbus State Community College.

    Koepf’s culinary resume includes Flipside (Easton), Natalie’s Coal Fired Pizza (Worthington), Plate (New Albany) and Z Cucina (Dublin). Prior to joining the team at Novella, Koepf worked in banquets and the restaurant at the Hilton (Easton). When not cooking the menu at Novella, Koepf enjoys cooking barbecue and egg sandwiches. In his free time, you will find him enjoying fishing and spending time with his friends and family.


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