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Each week, the guys and I visit a local pizza joint. We call ourselves the "Men's Pizza Coalition." Our mission: to find the best pie in Columbus. If you have any suggestions, please let us know!
Here are our rankings so far:
Pasquale's in Westerville: 25.5/30.
Capuano's in Pataskala: 24.0/30.
Little Italy's in Groveport: 22.5/30.
Iacono's in Hilliard: 22.0/30.
Tristano's in Grove City: 21.5/30.
Plank's on Parsons Ave: 21.5/30.
Tommy's in Upper Arlington: 20.5/30
Pizza House in Worthington: 20.5/30.
Kingy's Pizza in Canal Winchester: 20.0/30.
Eagle's in New Albany: 20.0/30.
Flyer's Pizza in Groveport: 20.0/30.
Emelio's Pizza in Columbus: 16.5/30.
Houndogs in Clintonville: 15.5/30.
I read this at the start of today's "Open Phones." It's written in from the perspective of a fallen Marine. Remember to honor those who have gone bravely before us!
You won’t know my name because it’s not on the front page. So, from Facebook take a break and hear what I have for America’s sake.
I knew what I wanted to be since the age of twelve. It’s those three letters, P-F-C. So, six years later, I charted out on my dream; said “goodbye” to my mother and father and my three siblings.
I left the warm tones of my mother and encouraging words from my father and exchanged them for harsh verbal blows from my drill instructor.
The guys in my platoon were as passionate as I – pursuing our dream and fighting for your rights.
Well, that day came – deployment as it were. My mother and her tears, you really should have seen her. As, I opened the door to leave, I told her I’d be fine. The last words I heard her utter were “Semper Fi.”
The bullets they were flying, Alpha Charlie… one, two, three. That moment was scary, but this was my dream, you see? Sergeant Davis just took one too the face. His blood on the ground it streams.
Kept screaming into my radio until my voice was sore. It was then that I realized, all my company was no more. I used to play this in my backyard, but this was real war.
I was running out of the house and that is when it happened. I stepped upon an IED and that’s what claimed my life, you see?
My family buried a brother and his son. But, my message with you today is not done. With Memorial Day, there is little “happy” – please remember the other brave and recall these four words: God Bless the USA.
This week, the Men's Pizza Coalition head to the west side of Columbus and visit Iacono's on Cemetery Road. I can't remember who, but some dude on Facebook recommended this. So, dude: we are at your place!
We got there Saturday evening and were seated very quickly by a waitress who asked us for our drinks and kept them filled! Another bonus about this place: we wanted to get half/half on the pizza toppings so we could try more - and they let us do that. Score!
We ordered Hawaiian/BBQ, Meat Lovers/Pepperoni, and a "Green Beret." Neat thing about this place: they will donate $1 to the "Special Warrior Foundation" for each "Green Beret" pizza ordered. Really neat gesture and totally unique. Support the troops while eating fab pizza = double bonus, my friends!
As for the pizza itself - it was pretty good. There wasn't a really stellar standout. But, what really made the whole thing "pop" was the crust. This was probably the best crust that we've had so far. It was similar to a cracker crust but wasn't so dry. It had some "chew" to it but not too much. Just right. Well done. We'd say this was probably the main attraction.
Here's what the guys said:
- Jeff: "Great cracker crust. I can see why the Westsiders like Iacono's."
- Paul: "Nothing too extreme, but the cracker crust was duly noted."
- Nate: "They did the crust very well."
Our numerical takeaway:
- Atmosphere (out of 5): 4.0.
- Price (out of 5): 3.5.
- Taste (out of 10): 7.5.
- Service (out of 5): 4.0.
- Location (out of 5): 3.0.
BOTTOM LINE: 22.0/30 is the score for Iacono's. The atmosphere was interesting as it was between casual and slightly more "wear a collared shirt" type feel. Pizza was tasty, but the crust is what made the whole thing. Service was great, but the location can be a small trek for many Central Ohioans. Not a bad price, either!
Missed "Open Phones" today? The audio of this morning's show is right here.