Meet The Owner
Former banker decides kitchen is place for him
While studying computer information science at New York University, Mohammed Zaman worked at a popular Italian restaurant in Greenwich Village.
Upon graduation, he got a job at a national bank and moved to Pickerington.
After getting married, and learning he would have a child, he decided the corporate banking world -- and all of the travel that came with it -- wasn't for him.
So, he went back to the kitchen, working at locally based Bravo and Cooker restaurant chains.
In February, he went out on his own, opening Omezzo Restaurant & Pizzeria in Pickerington.
"This is exciting," said Zaman, also known as "Chef Z." "This was my goal."
Omezzo takes over the former Gasperini's Pizza storefront at 1755 Hill Road N. in the Shoppes at Turnberry. The 2,400-square-foot restaurant seats 70.
The menu has a strong focus on Italian fare, with dishes such as shrimp scampi, chicken marsala and lobster ravioli with a homemade sauce.
The house specialty is spaghetti with meatballs. Entrees are between $8 and $11. Pizzas use a medium-thick crust, and offer traditional and pre-selected toppings.
Zaman also places an emphasis on American dishes, such as homemade spinach dip, house-patted burgers, wings and such.
"I believe in the quality of food I serve and my service," he said. "It's my passion."
For now there is no alcohol, but Zaman has applied for a license to sell wine.
Omezzo is open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday, dinner only on Sunday and closed Monday. For more information, call 614-866-7606