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bucks22's picture

1. The Works - Loveland, OH

2. Anges Pizza - Columbus

3. Mangiamos - Hilton Head

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xbuceye's picture

Mangiamos is a neat Buckeye bar/restaurant with decent pizza. I live near the place and we have lots of decent pizza, but no nothing really memorable in the Hilton Head area. My go to in the area is usually Giuseppes. Thin crust, well done is our favorite.

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bucks22's picture

Yea I more so like it for the atmosphere.  We go to Hilton Head every year with my in-laws and they know how big of a Buckeye fan I am so we always go there Saturday when we get in to relax and have some pizza and beer.  

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xbuceye's picture

Oh I hear ya. I go occasionally just to support them. I have their tshirt and have bought several more to send to my Buckeye friends that I used to vacation with here. I'm going kayaking in the morning and may stop in for a pizza when we're done since it's been a few months since we've been in.

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SSBuckeye's picture

We are frequent HHI visitors and Guiseppes is our go-to spot for pizza as well.

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SnGinWV's picture

 I agree..Giuseppi's pizza is a little better especially the plaza location 

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xbuceye's picture

We usually go to the one in Bluffton. Part of me hates going though since they are a Pittsburgh/Pennsylvania bar, but I can usually put my bias aside for good pizza. Maybe not a Michigan joint though.

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SnGinWV's picture

I agree...  that's why I usually get it to go . . . :)

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IBLEEDSCARLETANDGRAY's picture

Franchise chain pizza will never be as good as the hometown mom-and-pop places. I had Dominos for the first time in years the other day. It was edible but I'd rather have my favorites.

1. Fred's Pizza, Wheelersburg, OH

2. Any Giovanni's in Ohio

3. Sirrico's Pizza, New York-New York Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas

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milhouse4588's picture

Here in Atlanta I don't really have a favorite, I usually order Domino's.

In Columbus where I grew up it's definitely Donatos/Rubinos and then everyone else.

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lamplighter's picture

what do they call a cheese pizza in Paris?

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TheBadOwl's picture

Halwani is a great under-the-radar spot in Grandview. 

Also PSA to the rest of y'all: ALWAYS ORDER THE BIGGER PIZZA.

One day last year, an engineer and I went to a pizza place for lunch. The engineer told me he wasn't very hungry, but he said he was going to get the 12-inch medium instead of the 8-inch small — because the medium was more than twice as big as the small, and it cost only a little bit more. This sort of blew my mind.

An 18-inch pizza is 1.7x as big as a 14-inch pizza, but the price difference is usually insignificant. Getting the XL pizza is almost always the fiscally responsible move. 

When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.

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KBonay's picture

I just returned from Paris.  And I had Pizza Hut there, so I wouldn't listen to anything culinary related from me. 

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stxbuck's picture

I had Pizza Hut in Japan-but Japanese style-4 types on one pizza-crispy crust, not pan-good stuff

Salmon w/ corn

Korean Special-who knows-spicy dog?

Asparagus w/ mayo

Squid

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BBQ_Fan's picture

I was in Mumbai on business and one day they brought in Domino's for a working lunch. Something similar to Chicken Tikka was on it.  Wasn't bad, but  I found it depressing - one of the oldest and culture-rich countries in the world and we're having localized American chain store pizza. Later that trip while in Pune I saw a sign that said "Coming Soon! Papa John's". Sad.

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Hovenaut's picture

My older cousin delivered for Fat Jack's when he was in high school, brought home some free pies when I was visiting with him, my aunt and uncle one visit back to Ohio when I was a kid.

Righteous snacks.

EDIT - Top three:

Piccini's - Ocean City, NJ

Verde Pizza - Baltimore

Pistarro's - Frederick, MD

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BuckeyeDropout's picture

What’s your favorite place in the DMV Hove?

I love Pacci’s up in Silver Spring but a lot of the chain-ish places leave a lot to be desired. 

What we have currently available is what we have available.

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Hovenaut's picture

I'll have to go with Verde Pizza in Baltimore (look for the il Bambino). I don't always look for Neapolitan pizza, but they're legit and worth going for whenever we're out that way.

My son would go chain pizza any day of the week if we'd let him, my wife and I compromise with Mod Pizza (merely a coincidence).

I've heard good things about Pacci's, have yet to try. Working for the FDA and may be back up that way within the year, I'll have to keep that place in mind.

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BuckeyeDropout's picture

I’ll be in Baltimore next week, so I’ll be sure to try it when I’m in town. 

Appreciate it!

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UFest57's picture

ask for it un-cut...roll it up like a burrito. SMASH. 

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Perfect sleeper24's picture

My parents used to go the Jac & Do’s when they were younger and started dating about 45 yrs ago.  Me and my wife recently had a baby and my parents come to Findlay to watch him a few times a week.  Since they’ve been doing that we get pizza from there about 2 times a month, good stuff

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BIGTIMEBUCKS's picture

Angelo's - Lakewood, OH

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Todd-Not Boeckmann's picture

Angelo's Lakewood

Poor junior's Lakewood

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GINNandjuice's picture

Andy’s Pizza Peckville, PA

Petti’s Pizza Wickliffe, OH

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BillShermansGhost's picture

I also think Ohio is pretty blessed in the pizza world being between New York and Chicago, not to mention the rich Italian history scattered throughout the state.

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Elks' comb over's picture

Agreed but it’s annoying having to order your pizza 3 days in advance so they can ship the ingredients fresh from Italy.

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NorCal Buckeye's picture

It's better than dying from canned tomato sauce.

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aboynamedtracy's picture

Ha, I'm from Marietta and the next good pizza joint there will be the first.

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BillShermansGhost's picture

Sounds like opportunity knockin....

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Buck298's picture

My family is from Noble County, Elk Township to be precise. I’ve been to Marietta many times. Never got pizza but I do remember going to this small diner that was really good. Unfortunately I can’t remember the name. 

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aboynamedtracy's picture

I'm fairly confident you are referring to 'Busy Bee', which is pretty great. Not a pizza joint though.

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Buck298's picture

Yes! That's it. And yes, not there for pizza, there for all American grub.

Thanks!

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SnGinWV's picture

Jimmy's pizza - Ashville, Ohio  . .  it's now Mike's pizza and not the same

Lorobi's pizza - Gallipolis, Ohio

Grazianio's - Charleston, WV

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BuckeyeSki's picture

1. Big Nic's Pizzeria - Albany NY (Slices as big as your head)

2. Ruggerio's - Little Falls NY (Best upside down pizza I've ever had)

3. Literally any hole in the wall pizza parlor in NYC, those are the best

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FalcotoyourMartel's picture

Jimbo's on 146th and Broadway gets my vote about once a week.

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Cooper's picture

Chet and Matt’s Pizza - Sandusky, OH

Goremade Pizza - 4th St, Columbus 

Any authentic New York Pizza, I’ve had too many to count and am unable to remember specific places.

This is definitely where I parked my car.

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Kentuckeye51's picture

1. Wicks - Louisville, KY

2. Lorenzo's - Oberlin, OH

3. Spinelli's - Louisville, KY

Don't really eat pizza when I travel, but both Ohio and Louisville have had some great pizza.

If I were forced to chose a favorite chain it'd be Papa John's, but it really isn't that good. 

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xbuceye's picture

Pizza is probably my favorite food ever. Breakfast, lunch, dinner or midnight snack. It's good anytime.
That being said, I've traveled to most of the states and a lot of different countries including Italy and Sicily and have had pizza in most of them. Some great ones, a lot of good ones and a couple of not so good ones.

If I could only have pizza one more time, I'd probably have to pick Gardina's Pizza in my hometown of Coshocton. It was in an old house that was only carryout. It's been gone for years, but it was our go to pizza growing up. I've had better pizza over the years, but none bring back the good memories like Gardina's does.

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BillShermansGhost's picture

Exactly, that's the great thing about good food, is the memories that it brings up.

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Buckeye_Condor's picture

Massey's Pizza - Westerville

Hound Dog's - Columbus

Fracosso's - Johnstown

Connor Brown

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QuadCitiesBuckeye's picture

Top 3:

  • Papa Leno's Berea, KY (my all time favorite)
  • Danny Boy's Geneseo, IL
  • Toppit Upland, IN

Honorable Mentions:

  • Palanza's Washington, IL
  • Benny's Milan, IL
  • LaRosa's (only ever had pizza from Kings Island, even though they're a chain)

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ohiowhitesnake's picture

Marion’s Pizza-Dayton

Rons Pizza- Dayton

Mellow Mushroom- chain

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Buctor's picture

Marion's is always highly rated in and around Dayton.  My opinion is that it is better than good.  But give me Hoagies, a hole in the wall place on North 25, just north of Needmore.

In Raleigh, Mellow was terrible.  Have not tried it since back in Ohio.  Tommy's has almost always been real good and just had Bridge for the first time recently.  Another hole in the wall place in old Dublin.

Years ago Bud's in Minster was as good as you could find.  While still there, it's changed hands a few times, so don't know these days.  Rarely get to that part of the world these days, but if I did I'd likely go to Willy's.

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BuckeyeinSF's picture

I frequent a couple NY-style pizzerias here in the Bay Area, but for the sake of this list, I'll list some nostalgia ones from when I still lived in Ohio.

1. Rosie's in Toledo - I think they ended up going out of business but they are my all-time favorite. They had this garlic cheesy bread called Hot Mama Bread that was amazing.

2. Cameo Pizza in Sandusky - I went back after 15 years this last winter and was disappointed. Not sure if was a result of a decline in quality or my heightened expectations.

3. Pagliai's in Bowling Green - I lived on this during undergrad at BG. Was never really a big fan of Campus Pollyeyes, which was supposed to be the same thing but to me the original was always better.
 

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CALPOPPY's picture

One of my top 3 pizzas is Zachary’s Pizza, if you’re in the Bay Area. Usually stop at the San Ramon location when traveling to/from San Jose.

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Skunk bear blood's picture

Been going here 35 years when in SF.  

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Zonabuck's picture

Rosie’s was excellent. I never get back to Toledo, but sorry to hear it’s closed. Bellacimo’s / Mancino’s in that part of the country were excellent. There used to be a place called Jim’s Greek Pizza in Toledo that was the best cheese pizza I’ve ever had, except...

shoutout to Bruno’s pizza in Oxford. They set up shop on High St and sold it for $0.50 a slice late in the evenings. After the bars, it was the best thing ever. Then you’d get a full pie ordered to the dorms for $4.50, and it was the worst, cardboard, no flavored pie you could imagine. But those fresh slices at midnight were a thing of magic. 

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NorCal Buckeye's picture

Sounds like Catfish Biffs on south campus.

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Brohio's picture

Rosie's still exists. I think it is only one location now and it's called Rosie's Italian Grill on McCord Rd. They still have Hot Mama Bread, Stromboli, their pizza. All the hits. 

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BuckeyeinSF's picture

You have no idea how happy this makes me. I moved away from Toledo about 15 years ago so I hadn't really been keeping track.I just knew that all of the locations I used to visit had closed so I figured they had gone out of business. Next time I'm back in Toledo I'm making it a point to stop there.

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1MechEng's picture

Can confirm: Rosie's Italian Grill is still there on McCord at Nebraska, and the Papa's Spicy Ultimate thin crust is awesome. The Hot Mama's Bread is tasty as well.

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OSU56's picture

Some of the best Pizza I have had-I am more the Thick Crust pizza lover vs the thin crust Sicilian style Pizza type, but I have had some really good thin crust pizza as well. 

Trattoria's In Little Italy, Cleveland

Angie's and Augie's in North Royalton, Ohio

Tutta Bella's Italian  in Seattle Washington

Angelo's Taverna, in Denver

Enjoying daily the 62-39 ttun beatdown.

 

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Rotolos on 5th for the win

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The Rill Dill's picture

How about Josie’s Pizza on W Broad St in The Bottoms?

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MercyTex's picture

30 years ago when I lived in Columbus, that was my favorite.

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Jumar's picture

Fat Jack's is good but is identical to The Pizzeria in Putnam county.

Best pizza was a small mom and pop place in Kona, HI.

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stxbuck's picture

Best Pizza I've Ever Had-Pizza Rock, Las Vegas

Favorite Pizza-Marion's, Dayton area

Favorite Chain-Pizza Hut, pan pizza

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NOLABuckeye's picture

G's Pizza - New Orleans

Sabatino's - Charleston, S.C.

Daredevil Inn - Nags Head, N.C.

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BillShermansGhost's picture

Cottage Inn and Domino's both get a dishonorable mention due to the location of their headquarters.

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NorthCoastBias's picture

Three best I've had in the Cleveland area:

Il Rione - Detroit-Shoreway neighborhood

Geraci's - University Heights & Pepper Pike locations

Vero - Cleveland Heights

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obsessed_buckeye's picture

You’re right about local bias, I still love the pies from my home town pizza place

  1. Pirate’s Cove - Cardington, OH
  2. Armand’s - Alexandria, VA
  3. some mom & pop hole in the wall place in Boston after a drunken night out that I can’t remember the name of

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MaineStrength's picture

1. Pat's Pizza - Orono, ME

2. Frank Pepe's - New Haven, CT

3. Revello's - Old Forge, PA

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TheBadOwl's picture

Hell yeah, New Haven pizza.

Best pizza in the country, and I say that as someone who has a lot of family in NY/NJ & Chicago. 

When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.

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MaineStrength's picture

Also a big fan of Modern.

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Buck298's picture

I travel a lot as well for business, and pizza in Connecticut, in particular New Haven, is without doubt the absolute best in the country.  Sorry, not sorry, New Yorkers. 

In Columbus, Gatto’s was a favorite. For chain pizza I would go with Tommy’s or Donato’s. 

In Cincinnati, go to Betta’s For awesome wood fired pizza. 

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Gratefulbuck's picture

It’s the best in the world for me. That’s including the best of both Naples, IT and Brooklyn pizzerias.

Pepe’s

Sally’s

Modern

All others are playing for 4th. Shout out to DiFara (Brooklyn) and Bianco’s (Phoenix).

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0H-10's picture

Oiler Pub - Findlay, Ohio (Chicago Style served with the driest wit...in clogs).

The Dark Horse - Findlay, Ohio (the original one- not that one out near Whirlpool)

Napoli's - Findlay, Ohio

Canada has no good pizza.

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Meek's picture

Pop's in East Liberty.

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IBLEEDSCARLETANDGRAY's picture

Almost forgot Pizza Joes

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RBuck's picture

You are so right.

Sooner or later it all gets real.

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Knarcisi's picture

There’s nothing like it, in my opinion. 

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tkrussell's picture

1. Little Italian Pizza- Naperville, IL

2. Luigi's Pizza - Gary, IN

3. Giordano's - Chicago, IL

All square cut of course

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HINYG8's picture

Chain....Donatos and for some reason it isn't even close for me. I get it isn't GREAT or whatever, but damn I love it when I'm back in Ohio or an area that has it. Here in Missouri..no dice.

Current hometown: Shakespeare's is pretty dang good. It's the 'standard' here in the shadows of Mizzou. It's been here forever and everyone who spends more than a few days here will end up eating there. It's kinda expensive for what it is, but pretty solid.

Ever: It sounds trite, but pizza in Italy is unbeatable. No name spots with tables out front in any plaza in any small Italian town and yoiu can count on epic eats. 

There is a place in the Chicago suburbs (out Geneva way) called Nancy's Pizza that was incredible a few years back when I had family there and would visit frequently. Beat all the big Chicago names IMO (Giordano's, Lou Malnati's...which are also very, very good). 

Enjoyed Malgiamo's in NC, but probably more for the vibe than the quality of the pie.

And on fourth and one... would you believe?

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Byaaaahhh's picture

From Missouri? What are your thoughts on St. Louis-style pizza?

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HINYG8's picture

Not a fan, but didn't grow up out here.

I always wondered if I took people from other areas I've lived to skyline, how would they react?

And on fourth and one... would you believe?

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Fawn Liebowitz's fiance's picture

1. Bomb shelter-Ottawa, OH

2. Tommy's UA, OH

3. Lou Malnati's Chicago

I just talked to her last week. She was gonna make a pot for me.

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BillShermansGhost's picture

Had Bomb shelter a few times, it's on a different level! 

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Brohio's picture

Pizza in LA sucks so this thread hurts me lol. I get so much pizza when I travel because you just can't get quality shit in Los Angeles.

1. Inky's (Toledo OH) for purely nostalgic reasons. I grew up on it, I eat it every time I'm back visiting my folks. No one I bring there likes it as much as me though so maybe I'm crazy. 

2. Lucali (Brooklyn) The best slice in NY. No debate here. I was a DiFara guy for years and I heard all the hipster buzz about Lucali so I went there expecting to be underwhelmed and it's just absolute lights out pizza. 

3. DiFara (Brooklyn) See above :(
 

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Brohio's picture

Sidebar: Fancy Neopolitan style pizza sucks. 

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SSBuckeye's picture

3 is not enough options for me, but will rank them.

1. Cristy's Pizza - Lancaster, OH (and other OH locations)

2. Giordano's - Chicago, IL (deep dish)

3. Lou Malnati's - Chicago, IL (deep dish)

4. Pink Cricket - Lancaster, OH

5. Donato's - All Over

Honorable Mention: Geno's East (Chicago), Fat Cat's (Lancaster), Castaways (Lancaster)

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The Rill Dill's picture

Cristy’s is very hard to beat for chain pizza.

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buckeyestu's picture

My fine lady makes a great pizza. She is an italian lady. I rarely eat pizza and when i do it is made by her.

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FeedZeke420's picture

1. Pellone Ciro Pizzeria or really any pizza place- Naples Italy

2. Hound dogs- Campus

3. Greggs Pizza- Johnson City TN

4. Donatos- Any where 

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Byaaaahhh's picture

I'm just here to get cbus pizza suggestions

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BillShermansGhost's picture

I'm on the west side, so a little bit of bias,

1.  Beer Barrel

2. Adriatico's

3. Flyers' (Their Hawaiian is unreal)

4. Jet's 

5. Dewey's

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Byaaaahhh's picture

I checked out Beer Barrel over Pizza and Beer Week. Really solid, they had this chili-infused honey that they drizzled over a cured-meat pizza and it was great. Last time I had Adriatico's was in college, maybe I'll hit it up next time I'm on campus.

Never heard of Flyer's before, I'll have to give that a shot. 

Jets and Dewey's are both really solid. Happy that my office is near Dewey's and we order it a lot for lunch meetings haha. 

Thanks for the recs!

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Knarcisi's picture

Planks Cafe on Parsons, just south of Children’s Hospital. Get an “all the way” (lose the green peppers like I do if you don’t like them). Thank me later. 

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Byaaaahhh's picture

Hmm I'm not in the area often but I'll add that to the list! Thanks!

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BradentonBuck's picture

Chain I have to say Donatos. I love the cracker crust and the pepperoni is killer. 

The OP mentioned Beer Barrel in Lima OH (now one in St Mary’s I believe) but it is extremely good. The cheese is soo gooey and good. 

Van Wert, OH - Wild Willy’s is very good pie but an even better Stromboli. 

Bradenton FL has a few good ones but Danny’s Pizzeria is my go to down here. Great NY style Pie and good lunch specials on slices and pints. Love it. 

Pizza is nostalgic because it does impart some good family memories for me. It seemed to be the only thing that my fathers side could agree upon so that was our go to for family functions lol. 

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1MechEng's picture

There's also a Beer Barrel at Fallen Timbers in Maumee (Toledo). Pretty good pizza.

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jedkat's picture

1) NYC, all of it

2) Marion's in Dayton - the one by campus

3) Donatos

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Buckeyebab17's picture

1. Pequod's - Chicago, IL

2. Joey's - Chagrin Falls, OH (Sadly this is no longer around)

3. Cane Rosso - Dallas, TX

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SilverBullets_PHX's picture

Pequod's is so ridiculously good.  Easily the best Chicago deep dish IMO

For me:

1.  Tommy's (UA location) - Grew up in UA and grew up on Tommy's.  Pep, extra sauce, old oven.  The only way to order it.  

2.  Deweys (Grandview) - When I want specialty pies, Dewey's was always my go to.  Love their buffalo chicken pizza (Ryan's Inferno).

3. Pizzeria Bianco (Phoenix, Az) - Possibly the best pizza I have ever had... and I've been to Italy 3 times.  Easily the closest thing to real Italian pizza that I have found in America.  The place is a tiny restaurant in a nondescript strip mall behind a Trader Joe's.  Chris Bianco (the chef and restaurant owner) is simply an incredible chef.  

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aboynamedtracy's picture

Best pizza - loads of places in Naples
Best in US - Roberta's (Brooklyn)
Best in Ohio - Paulie Gee's (Columbus)... their original location in Greenpoint, Brooklyn is #2 for me in the US
Best memories with ok pizza - Death Metal Pizza (Austin, TX)

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Buck298's picture

No doubt that pizza in general in Italy is the best pizza, with Naples leading the pack. But pizza in northern Italy is sometimes kind of mediocre. You definitely need to get away from places that serve tourists. Street pizza might just be the best, and it is so simply made! 

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Byaaaahhh's picture

Oh shoot, didn't know we had a Paulie Gee's here. That's kind of random, but I'm glad. I've seen them on shows and stuff and always wanted to try. Haven't had a legit neapolitan-style pie in probably 6 years, the first time I visited NYC. 

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bd2999's picture

Dewey's, Chicago Pizza and Giordono's.

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Not_Sure's picture

The best pizza that I ever had was some hole in the wall place in Germany. It was right next to where we had to get auto work done. We were skeptical because the night before we had possibly the worst pizza ever. So maybe it wasn't so great, but it was so much better than the previous night.

Stateside:

Dewey's - Dr Dre

Pies n Pints - Thai Pie

Donatos - Pepperoni

I really want to go to NY and try some pizza places. I am sure there are some really good places here in Dayton that I have never heard of yet.

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Il_Padrino's picture

Sicily pizza is my favorite of all Italian locations / styles of pizzas because it is lighter, nice crisp edges, etc.  Naples pizza uses 000 flour and for my taste it is too gummy and makes my stomach hurt hours later - just feels like the dough is continuing to raise in my gut.

All-time favorite is this; pizza frutti de mare which is a selection of fresh fish of the day.  This is at La Lanterna in Giardini Naxos, Sicily.  Another favorite restaurant for pizza and any other Italian meal you could possibly want is called La Cambusa.  Both highly recommended. 
 

Naples - you have to try to get in to Antica Pizzeria Port'Alba (opened in 1830) and is reportedly the first pizzeria... however this is debatable with a few other pizzerias that also stake a claim to being the first (e.g. L'Antica Pizzeria da Michele).  It's nearly impossible to really tell.  One thing is for certain; you WILL wait for an extensive period of time to get in either.

My suggestion whenever in Naples - eat what is called Fried Pizza.  OH MY GOD!!!!  Fried Pizza and a beer are a must.  Leave the touristy crap to others (waiting in line to eat at either restaurant above) and enjoy this amazing street style food.  Additionally, there are countless original style pizzerias in Naples that must comply with the very strict rules / ethics to maintain the original style dough, process, and toppings.  Enjoy.

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SlickityDarza's picture

Probably pretty unpleasant eating those clamshells

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Il_Padrino's picture

= fiber.  Just kidding.

Oof course you remove them.  The flavor is amazing because everything is so fresh.

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DroneBuck's picture

1 bite, everybody knows the rules!!

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Matt Gutridge's picture

Late to the game, but pizza is a staple for this dad bod's diet.

In Alphabetical order:

  • Adriatico's, Campus.
  • Padovas, Columbus (Noe-Bixby)
  • Pizza Cottage, Buckeye Lake

Very Close Honorable Mentions:

  • Adornetto's, Zanesville (Maple Ave.) 
  • Gino's East, Downtown Chicago
  • Michael's, Jacksontown

Chains:

  • Christy's At Papa Boo's, Buckeye Lake (cheesy bread pizza)
  • Creno's 
  • Massey's
  • Papa John's (Ranch sauce, instead of tomato sauce)
Buckforlife's picture

1. Two Cities Pizza Co. - Mason, OH

2. Gingerbread House Bakery - Frisco, NC

3. Mellow Mushroom or Dewey’s Pizza

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BIGTIMEBUCKS's picture

Interesting recommendation, never heard anyone talk about map room pizza.

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BuckeyeDropout's picture

1) Whistle Stop - Ansonia, OH. I’ve got so many memories from my childhood in this tiny old place right off the tracks in Western Ohio. Silky-smooth crust that I can’t seem to replicate.

2) Casano’s/Pizza King. Always heard mixed opinions about it, but I love it. My mom used to bring it home on her way back from school and it always made my day. Super thin crust. Similar to Marion’s or donato’s.

3) Pequod’s in Chicago. Deep-dish. My goodness. 

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Buckets At Fletcher's's picture

Current Joints in Cbus area:

1. Zamarelli’s (Grove City)

2. Plank's (Parsons or German Village)

3. Rotolo`s (Grandview)

Campus Joints (back in the day)

1. Adriatico's

2. Tommy's 

3. Flying Pizza

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Byaaaahhh's picture

RIP, flying pizza. Your lunch deal was a blessing to a poor college student Byaaaahhh.

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NorCal Buckeye's picture

RIP Fly Pie on High Street. Can't believe it took this damn long in the thread.

Loved their pizza soo much I got a job there freshman year.

Hounddogs was awesome too. Smoking Joe sauce.

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GunnerBuck's picture

Pizzaria NY: Pickerington 

Iron Chef: Pickerington 

the rest are just the regular stops. Nothing special. 

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Elks' comb over's picture

It would have been Pie Pizza in SLC whenever this dude was playing before making it big.

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Knarcisi's picture

Dead’s best song, by a mile. 

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SilverHaven's picture

Brick Oven Heaps a Pizza in Provo. 
More than great tasting pizza...
Fun ambiance with all the old equipment and photos,
Friendly, fresh-faced servers, and
Tasty root beer or apple beer in chilled mugs.

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BuckInChicago's picture

1. Luigi’s in Akron (Don’t think I saw this one yet... pretty shocked)

2. Hound Dog’s in Columbus

3. Pequods in Chicago.. very happy to see others have this up in their list.  If you go to Chicago it is superior to the larger chains and totally worth it!

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Alex Ranttila's picture

1. Wedgewood Pizza - Austintown/ Warren, Ohio

(Billy Price concurs) Columbus pizza pales in comparison to Ytown/ Warren pizza. It is honestly the biggest shortcoming of Columbus in my mind.

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scooby22's picture

Uptown pizza in Ytown is my fave ... never did try Yosteria (Zordich's place) before they closed ... but Portnoy like it

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bigc's picture

1. Marions Piazza.  Specifically the Beavercreek one, although I'm sure they are all good. The super thin slightly burnt crust, so crispy. The tiny bite size pieces. So tiny that it's like eating popcorn. You can always eat one more lil piece. I don't get sausage on pizza from anywhere-except Marions. It's ground up so finely it's just a layer of smooth meat on top. So good with that thin crust. The sauce. Yes, it is canned sauce. But dammit it is the BEST canned sauce I've ever had. Just love Marions. Plus, and I'm sure some others here that grew up around Dayton can attest to, the place holds some special memories from my childhood.  They all used to have giant arcades, which I remember being amazing as a kid. You can get a pitcher of beer or Pepsi, or a canned drink from virtually every other beverage maker. It's so odd but cool. You can RC Cola, Pepsi, or Coke. Just unique. 

2. Donatos.  It's a chain but a local chain. And just because a place is a chain doesn't necessarily mean it's bad. Sometimes something so great has to be spread around. And besides, I've also had mom and pop pizza that sucked.  It can go both ways. Not much to add about Donatos that other's haven't. I love thin crust pizza and the cornmeal dusting on the bottom, the usage of provolone cheese over mozzarella, and the large pepperoni pizzas's with over 100 pieces (about 104-106, I used to work there), are just some of what makes Donato's so good.   And while a lot of other places just have specialty pizzas for the sake of having specialty pizzas, Donatos has some truly unique ones.   I especially love the Mariachi pizza's, in either beef or chicken. I like it cause it's got a great mariachi seasoning and isn't as messy like a lot of places taco pizzas.

Also, I think Donato's has some of if not the best subs of any pizza place. I prefer Donato's subs over many sub only shops.

3. Sbarro's...   Please, be kind!!! What can I say? I've never been to New York or Italy, I've only had Giordano's and Uno's in Chicago, and my current city of Fort Wayne has crap pizza. Just the worst.     But Sbarro's.  I dunno. I've always really liked the big floppy slices. Maybe it's tied to childhood memories at the mall eating Sbarro's. but I still grab a slice every now and then and still find it excellent. 

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GlassCityBuckeyes's picture

1. Village idiot - Maumee, OH
2. Mama Marys- Holland, OH
3. Pizza Cat- Toledo/Rossford,OH

As far as commercial joints I like Toledo's Marcos pizza.

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Il_Padrino's picture

Hometown slices of pie in Canton, Ohio:

1. Kraus' Pizza (started 1959) - all time favorite.

2. Pizza Oven (started 1956) - close second.

*** This thread has me homesick now.  Love the rectangle pizzas.  Every time I do make it home we have pizza from both of these places.  Honestly, there are a lot of things about growing up in Ohio that I miss on a routine basis and it is not until you leave do you realize how many great things there are there.   
 

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Sunny Buck's picture

Well if you're ever in Cocoa Beach FL you've got to try Papa Vito's pizza. Little hole in the wall, Italian family owned pizza joint that will surprise you.

Sammy's Pizza, Ocala, Fl. Better call early, this place is packed. Florida is packed with retired/relocated pizza guru's that brought their culinary secrets to the Sunshine State.

I remember as a kid in Toledo there was a place called Angelo's Pizza that was fantastic. Any Glass City folks remember this place? Is it still around?

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Il_Padrino's picture

I'll vouch for Papa Vito's - I lived in Cocoa Beach for almost 4 glorious years when I was stationed at Cape Canaveral.  What a great place to be single that was.

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Sunny Buck's picture

Great place to be stationed Padrino. I've spent not enough time in Cocoa Beach. Laid back, friendly and fun. I was stationed in Pensacola for three years. Good pizza and good times there too. I guess good pizza=good times.

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Il_Padrino's picture

P-cola is great as well - I was single there as well.  Went to Limited Duty Officer school there and spent some time there at other times.  Love that place.  We used to get a kick out of all the women that watched Officer and a Gentlemen a few too many times and still hung out at the O-club looking for their Richard Gere... = scoop them up for a few days and move along smartly.  :-)

I was at Naval Ordnance Test Unit at Cape Canaveral (Cocoa Beach area) for almost 4-years and what an amazing time of my career that was.  Got to literally be a "rocket scientist" for the entire time which included going to almost 1-year of school up on the Cape with the rocket and telemetry folks of NASA and then got to climb around inside ballistic missiles on submarines for the rest of my time there - when we were home we partied like sailors should part... those were the best of times.  The military sure is different today. 

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Sunny Buck's picture

Yeah the military has changed. I discharged from the Navy in 1982 so I probably wouldn't recognize the current edition, but times change. I had a ball in the Navy and learned a lot of great things. Glad we both got through it.

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Il_Padrino's picture

Absolutely not the same Navy.  I came in the Navy in 1986 and retire on 1 Sept 2019... talk about different.  You fine sir got to enjoy the best of times... I got to witness the end of times.  I no longer recognize the Navy...  political correctness and everyone scrambling for collateral duties before taking care of their folks.  Pathetic actually.  I've done 33-years in this canoe club with no regrets but I was always told that I would know when it was time to retire = it is TIME. 

Thanks for your service!!!

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Sunny Buck's picture

Thanks for your 3 decades plus. Quite an accomplishment. Enjoy your retirement. Head back down to Cocoa for some Papa Vito's ! You have certainly earned it.

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NorthPoleBuckeye's picture

Growing up my family always went with Cassano's Pizza in Fairborn, although Cassano's is a regional chain. 

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Buck298's picture

A long time ago there used to be a Cassano's in Westland Mall (may the mall in RIP). And then going to the Dayton area we also ate at Cassano's. It was pretty good chain pizza, much better than the chain LaRosa's in Cincy.

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Brooksie's picture

Once I find what I like, I don' vary much. New management came in a few years ago, and the quality of the pizza skyrocketed. And unlike the previous management, the quality is consistent - time after time after time after time. You can easily tell that every week the home made dough is the star of the show.

I work a couple of doors away, so I take full advantage. If you are ever in the Kent OH area, stop in and say hi to my buddy Josh at Guido's of Kent. They have a LEGENDARY Thursday special. Small (9") plain cheese for just $3. Each item is an additional $1.

Here's their FB page

https://www.facebook.com/GuidosOriginalPizza/

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huffdaddy's picture

1. J and G’s - Toledo

2. Rubinos- Bexley

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Buckeyefan4742's picture

HAPPY JOE'S, a chain restaurant in Iowa - has the best TACO pizza in the world.

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NHBuckeye's picture

For the hometown choice I must go with Covered Bridge Pizza, which is in North Kingsville, OH.  It's just so damn Ohio...!

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buckskin's picture

Pizza Cottage in Buckeye Lake is killer. Used to get it all the time as a youngster. Still kind of sad they chained it out. Quality went down a little and it was nice knowing they didnt give in to the masses.

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THEDave's picture

Kraus' Pizza on Amherst in Massillon Ohio.

When I come home to watch a Tigers game I stop there first to pick one up and then take it home.  Dad and I eat it and then head to the game.  Best pre-game meal ever.

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SilverHaven's picture

Little Caesars.
Surprisingly high ratings from the pizza gourmets.
You can't beat the $5 price.
As a teen, one Lincoln in my pocket would buy a good pepperoni pizza.

Ua Mau ke Ea o ka 'Aina I ka Pono. The life of the land is preserved in righteousness. (Hawai'i state motto) Aloha nui kakou.

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Mastro16's picture

Little Caesars is absolute dog shit and that is why it is $5

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NorCal Buckeye's picture

If you're going to go low or mid-quality pizza, especially for quantity, you might as well grab a big one to go from Costco.

Plus you can watch the sauce spinning machine and the dough press through the window.

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Mastro16's picture

Shoot, for $5 I liked my high school lunch pizza better than Little Caesars

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Byaaaahhh's picture

Hey, it's pretty good for the first 20 seconds. 

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Mastro16's picture

Is that just when you open the box and smell it? Cause that I can agree with

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AzBuckeye45's picture

I'd prefer a Tombstone pizza any day. 

"Cause I couldn't go for three!"
Woody Hayes-1968

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Mastro16's picture

Tombstone ain't half bad.

But the frozen pizzas from Trader Joe's are $4 and are at least average if not above restaurant-quality. I would eat those for any meal anytime

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SilverHaven's picture

Glad it set you off, M16.  See Il Padrino above for exotic pizzas Siciliani.

Ua Mau ke Ea o ka 'Aina I ka Pono. The life of the land is preserved in righteousness. (Hawai'i state motto) Aloha nui kakou.

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Wxbuck's picture

Cassano’s in Sidney, OH - post football games in high school.

Aurelio’s in Homewood, IL - within walking distance of my apartment when I lived there

Adriatico’s near campus - big f’n pizza

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BeneckeBuck5's picture

My favorite places:

Bella Mozzerella - Fort Myers Beach, FL

Lombardi's - New York City, New York

Giordano's - Chicago, IL

And Toledo still sucks.

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readnguy's picture

Columbus- Tommy's Pizza
Grove City- Tammy's Pizza
Mt. Sterling- Larry's Pizza
Washington Court House- Center Pizza
Dayton- Cassano's Pizza

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aledyard's picture

Pizza Villa - Delaware, OH (it's long since gone, but still have fond memories from my childhood)

Tommy's - Columbus, OH

Iaconos - Columbus, OH

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Norm's picture

Red Angel - Paulding

Klostermans - Van Wert

Lefty’s - Defiance

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ANOTHERMICHIGANLOSS's picture

Fiori's Pizza--Pittsburgh

Planks--Columbus

Hound Dog's--Columbus

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Buck95's picture

Hound Dog's - best if it's eaten in the restaurant.  Doesn't travel as well as some others.

Rotolo's (5th).

Enrico's (Dublin, on Frantz).

And I know this isn't really pizza, but the stromboli at Carsonie's (Lane Avenue Mall or on Westerville Rd) is fantastic.

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1MechEng's picture

Going to do the Toledo thing first:

  • Pizza Papalis (downtown Toledo) - good deep dish pies
  • Beer Barrel (Maumee @ Fallen Timbers) - one of the best cheese/crust combos around
  • Rosie's Italian Grill (Holland) - amazing thin crust, esp. the Papa's Spicy Ultimate.

Rocky River:

  • Trios (Lake Rd., closed for 15+ years, now "Cravings") - great greasy takeout pizza
  • Danny Boys (Lake Rd.) - pretty good overall pizza
  • Stefano's (Center Ridge, next to Malley's - closed for 20+ years) - this was a THICK pie. Imagine a 14" pizza with 16 + oz. of cheese filled (not topped) with other goodies like pepperoni and sausage. It was truly amazing. Never had such a dense pie in my life. A cheese lover's dream.

Honorable Mention:

  • The Woods Restaurant (Rocky River)
  • Lou Malnati's / Giordanos / etc. (Chicago) - these are good, but a bit overhyped
     

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apack614's picture

Late to the party so didn’t want to read through everything but Pizza Connoisseurs of Columbus is a great follow on Facebook for all of Ohio especially central Ohio’s best pizza.

Earle for MOD in 16', it'll be the last best thing to ever happen to him.

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Milk Steak To Go's picture

Columbus pizza:

1. Pizza House;

2 . Tommy's UA (has to be old oven);

3. Gatto's.

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