La Medusa is the best spot in Columbia City for a date over a couple of glasses of wine and bowls of pasta. It’s a dimly-lit, romantic Italian restaurant that specializes in dishes from Sicily, like fried risotto balls, garlicky kale and raisins sauteed in olive oil with anchovy, and a bunch of handmade pastas that rotate on the menu often. One of the best we’ve had was mezzi rigatoni with lamb sausage in a parmesan broth, but you also can’t go wrong with their spaghetti marinara and a meatball (which is always on the menu).
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