Columbus Underground:

Drive Thru: Portia’s Pizza

Whole World Natural Restaurant’s pizza was a Clintonville institution. Founded in 1978, it was vegetarian before vegetarian was cool. After a long run, it closed its doors in 2017. 

While endings are always a little sad, good news was just around the corner. Portia’s Cafe announced intentions to expand a diner operation in the vacated space. Like Whole World, Portia’s is known for its meat-free fare. In fact, it runs a vegan kitchen, so its recipes use no eggs or dairy as well. And Portia’s Diner made its debut right at the end of 2019. 

Normally, a debut like this might call for a full-scale review, but in the age of COVID-19, carryout is king. And the diner is now offering the most classic carry-out food of all: Pizza. 

We’re right back where we started. 

Portia’s pizza (let’s take a moment to appreciate the alliteration) can be ordered with a variety of toppings. You can go classic with just (non-dairy) cheese, or build a bigger masterpiece with meat substitutes and veggies. And because Portia’s has long-been crafting its own meat substitutes in-house, those deluxe versions are worth exploration. 

Consider the Sawsage Veggie: red peppers, mushrooms, onions, black olives, non-dairy cheese, and house-made, animal-free sausage. It’s built on a thin crust that combines initial crispness with a little chewy depth. There’s good veggie coverage, but the pressing question is this: what about that cheese and sausage? Cheese-wise, it’s good. It’s stretchy and soft, so you won’t notice much difference. The sausage has a softer texture than meat (more bean-y, perhaps), but it hits the savory spot.

How well does it hit the spot?  Well, two traditional meat-eating teenagers scarfed down the pie with high praises and zero complaints. 

The pizza is available Thursdays through Sundays only. For those who are contagion-conscious, pull up front at 3269 N. High St., and they will happily chuck it through the window of your car. You can view your order options here.

Columbus Dispatch:

Portia’s Diner owner says ‘yummy’ food doesn’t require meat

For some, a breakfast without eggs, bacon, sausage, butter-topped toast and a cup of coffee with a splash of cream just isn’t breakfast.

Portia Yiamouyiannis respectfully disagrees.

The vegan-restaurant maven and owner of a health-food store recently opened Portia’s Diner, a breakfast and lunch option in Clintonville that is free of meat, dairy, gluten and GMOs.

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Columbus Alive:

Portia’s Diner now open

Portia’s Diner, the sibling restaurant to Portia’s Café, opened last week at 3269 N. High St., formerly home to Whole World Natural Restaurant & Bakery. The new diner from owner Portia Yiamouyiannis serves 100 percent vegan fare, such as breakfast burritos, French toast, burgers and grilled “cheeze” sandwiches. Hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

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Portia’s Plant-based Queendom

Columbus’ Queen of Veganism has done it again. First was the all-vegan cafe, then the plant-based deli, and now, Portia’s Diner in Clintonville is offering healthy and satisfying foods made with the same high-quality vegan, non-GMO, organic, local products customers have come to expect from the restaurateur. Hard to believe this too-good-to-eat food is also good-for-you grub, but that’s the Portia way! Check out the new diner in person and on Instagram.

Columbus Underground

Portia’s Diner Opens in Clintonville

Portia’s is doubling down on Clintonville. Plant-based eatery Portia’s Diner is now open at 3269 N. High St., the former home of Whole World Natural Restaurant & Bakery.

Portia’s Diner will serve up vegan eats from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Its sister-restaurant, Portia’s Café serves up three square meals a day from 4428 Indianola Ave.

Thisweek News:

Portia’s Cafe owner will open vegan diner in former Whole World space

Portia Yiamouyiannis is expanding her vegan empire.

The owner of Portia’s Cafe in Clintonville plans to open Portia’s Diner in the former Whole World Natural Restaurant & Bakery, 3269 N. High St.

With much remains in the development stage, the diner should be open by year’s end, Yiamouyiannis said.

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Portia’s Diner takes root on High Street

One of Columbus’ favorite vegan restaurants has taken root in a new location. Portia’s Diner is officially open at 3269 N High St. in the former Whole World Natural Bakery and Restaurant in Clintonville.

Portia’s Diner offers comfort foods like pancakes, waffles, hamburgers, and burritos—all made with the same high-quality vegan, non-GMO, organic products customers have come to expect from Portia’s.

Portia’s Diner is open Tuesday through Sunday from 8am- 3pm. Visit for more information.

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Columbus Monthly:

Portia’s Diner Coming to Clintonville

A rumored addition to the plant-based dining scene is coming to fruition. Portia’s Café owner Portia Yiamouyiannis plans to open Portia’s Diner in the former Whole World Natural Restaurant & Bakery space in Clintonville. Whole World, a vegetarian restaurant serving Columbus for nearly 40 years, closed at 3269 N. High St. in April 2017. According to ThisWeek Community News, the new vegan spot will serve traditional diner fare — pancakes, hamburgers, desserts — with Yiamouyiannis’ spin on it. Look for it to open by the end of the year.