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A First Look At Nook

Now that the restaurant group that brought The Northside Social to Broad Ripple has mastered the supper club, the sandwich shop, the Latin cocktail spot, and the Mexican cantina, what more could they set their sights on? Pizza, of course, done only as restaurateur Nicole Harlan-Oprisu and recent Meridian on Meridian transfer Dean Sample can. The duo spent the fall installing a pizza oven in the adjacent kitchen of Northside Kitchenette and dressing up the slender corner storefront that formerly housed Village Cigar, which they aptly renamed The Nook by Northside. Pies are topped with white clam sauce and bacon (the “Clam Bake”) and a trio of pork products (the “Piggy Smalls”), while goat cheese–stuffed dates or burrata with a rich Bolognese sauce are great small plates to sample with an Aperol spritzer at the bar. Scoops from Zionsville’s Gelato da Vinci are sweet reasons to stop by one of the cozier new spots in town. 6513 N. College Ave., 317-253-0450,

A graduate of IU’s Master of Fine Arts program in creative writing, Terry Kirts hails from a town in Illinois so small it didn’t have a restaurant until he was in the 8th grade. Since 2000, he’s more than made up for the dearth of eateries in his childhood, logging hundreds of meals as the dining critic for WHERE Indianapolis, Indianapolis Woman, and NUVO before joining Indianapolis Monthly as a contributing editor in 2007. A senior lecturer in creative writing at IUPUI, Terry has published his poetry and creative nonfiction in a number of literary journals and anthologies, including Gastronomica, Alimentum, and Home Again: Essays and Memoirs from Indiana, and he’s the author of the poetry collection To the Refrigerator Gods, published by Seven Kitchens Press in 2011.