Focusing on locally produced ingredients, Ella infuses a sense of whimsy and elegance into its menu and atmosphere. Contemporary American cuisine, with sherry molasses pork wings, Lake Erie walleye and butternut squash ravioli.
Restaurant review | Ella Restaurant + Bar: Dining experience improves
Under the management of David McMahon, the former general manager at J. Liu and wine director at the Refectory, Ella Restaurant + Bar is reaching much more of its potential. Local provisioning, which has been central to the restaurant’s concept, has been significantly expanded. And the new menu from executive chef Travis Hyde is hitting targets for flavor and balance.Ella Restaurant review | Ella Restaurant + Bar: Dining experience improves
Restaurant review: Ella
“I can tell you where everything comes from if you want,” a friendly and knowledgeable server gently said to me at Ella. He’d noticed I was staring at a nearby chalkboard that — instead of specials — announced some of the restaurant’s many locally sourced ingredients (like Gerber Poultry chickens, Cooper Farms turkeys and beef from an Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction program). Knowing this eatery had also lured in blue-chip cooking talents — chefs Alexis Randolph from G. Michael’s and Travis Hyde from Z Cucina — and enjoying its unexpectedly (to me) breezy vibe, my hopes were inching ever higher that the haul out to New Albany had been a worthy idea. See, before, I’d had doubts.Ella Restaurant review: Ella