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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.
Bridge Street in Dublin: 25.0/30.
Capuano's in Pataskala: 24.0/30.
Adriatico's in Columbus (OSU): 23.5/30.
Little Italy's in Groveport: 22.5/30.
Iacono's in Hilliard: 22.0/30.
Tristano's in Grove City: 21.5/30.
Payne's in Delaware: 21.5/30.
Plank's on Parsons Ave: 21.5/30.
Bellacino's in New Albany: 21.0/30.
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.
Bellacino's Pizza: 4926 Morse Rd, Columbus, OH 43230.
Onward - to find the best pizza in Columbus. This week, we're at Bellacino's in New Albany(ish) area. It was awfully close to Gahanna, but screw that - we're talking about pizza here.
Bellacino's is located inside a strip mall - sometimes places like this can be "hit or miss." This place was definitely more "hit" than miss, however.
We ordered the following: one Sicilian pepperoni, one Bellacino's meat eater, half supreme / half taco. You first order and then sit down. Our tab came to like $70 - which was kinda high. But, they came back later and it was actually $60. The dude messed up and corrected it - bravo for ethics.
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While we were basking in the glow of the classy Bellacino's billiard lights, the meat eater stood out the most. The next best was the Sicilian pepperoni. All in all, the pizza was not bad. It felt like they perfected what Pizza Hut does on a daily basis. Would we go again? Yeppers!
Here are the numbers:
Atmosphere (out of 5): 3.0 (strip mall location, nice customized decor).
Price (out of 5): 4.0 (price-to-taste/quantity ratio was solid).
Location (out of 5): 3.5 (decent place).
Service (out of 5): 3.5 (classy move to correct the over-priced bill).
Taste (out of 10): 7.0 (a good solid, average score).
BOTTOM LINE: The final score is... 21/30! Bellacino's should be happy that they are doing better than a Pizza Hut. They have taken that style of product and made it lots better. If we were at a party and they served this pie, we would look forward to chowing down on it. Pretty good, average place. Not the best, but they should be proud of their pizza for sure. The main attraction is definitely the crust!
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