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Pizzeria Opa, 7320 Broad River Road: August 2018   3 comments

Posted at 10:28 pm in closing







Well this one is a shame. Pizzera Opa was the new name for Zorba's Express which was here in the Publix plaza for many years, and was the follow-on restaurant for the crew from The Parthenon in Five Points. The Parthenon was my favorite pizza in town, and when I was living in Aiken, I would come back to Columbia on weekends and take my father to The Parthenon Saturnday evenings.

When I discovered Zorba's Express, the pizza was just as good as ever, and the manager, who remembered me from the Five Points days, would always come out and say hi. Unfortunately, the new location was just too far out for me to visit more than a handful of times; I wish it would have been more, and I wish them well.

(Hat tip to commenter IrmoJeff)

UPDATE 30 September 2021: To be Puerto Rican restaurant A Fuego:


UPDATE 15 March 2022: Updating tags.

UPDATE 20 November 2023: Fix typo.

Written by ted on November 14th, 2018

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  1. Yeah, this one broke my heart. I have fond memories of the Parthenon from my grad school days and was sad when it closed down. When I learned (via this blog) of the connection between this place and the Parthenon, it became a favorite and the food brought back some memories. I still kick myself I didn't get back to this place more than I did. It was good, and this one is a loss that hurts.

    Jodie Peeler

    16 Nov 18 at 4:29 pm

  2. Andrew

    21 Sep 21 at 10:52 am

  3. I know they appeared on the Columbia mid afternoon show on WIS. I was hoping that would help. I went there and picked up some empanadas to go. They we’re good, but I’ve had better. Picking up an order to-go one time is not a proper guage to completely judge a restaurant. We were hoping to try it again. I think there is a Wingstop sign on the main sign out front, but not sure if it’s here or on the other end.


    25 Nov 23 at 6:03 pm

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