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Each week, the guys and I visit a local pizza joint. Our mission: to find the best pie in Columbus. If you have any suggestions, please let us know!
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Here are our rankings so far:
Harvest Pizzeria in Columbus: 26.5/30.
Pasquale's in Westerville: 25.5/30.
Little Sicily's in Brice: 25.0/30.
Bridge Street in Dublin: 25.0/30.
Late Night Slice in Clintonville: 25.0/30.
Anthony's in Bexley: 25.0/30.
Vick's Pizza in Reynoldsburg: 24.0/30.
Capuano's in Pataskala: 24.0/30.
Pizza Cottage in Buckeye Lake: 23.5/30.
Adriatico's in Columbus (OSU): 23.5/30.
Dewey's in Grandview: 23.5/30.
Carsonie's in Upper Arlington: 23.5/30.
Bruno's in Columbus: 23.5/30.
Tristano's in Grove City: 23.0/30.
Taranto's in Pickerington: 23/0/30.
Joseppi's in Columbus (West Broad): 23.0/30.
Little Italy's in Groveport: 22.5/30.
Big Cheese Pizzeria in Blacklick: 22.5/30.
Iacono's in Hilliard: 22.0/30.
Yellow Brick in Columbus: 21.5/30.
Tammy's in Grove City: 21.5/30.
Payne's in Delaware: 21.5/30.
Pizzeria NY in Pickerington: 21.5/30.
Plank's on Parsons Ave: 21.5/30.
Romeo's in Reynoldsburg: 21.0/30.
Bellacino's in New Albany: 21.0/30.
Tommy's in Upper Arlington: 20.5/30.
Antonio's in Westerville: 20.5/30.
Pizza House in Worthington: 20.5/30.
Brooklyn Pizza in Powell: 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.
Possum Holler in Obetz: 19.5/30.
Emelio's Pizza in Columbus: 16.5/30.
Houndogs in Clintonville: 15.5/30.
Emelio's Catering and Restaurant: 574 Georgesville Road, Columbus.
This time, the guys and I headed out to the West Side and were literally within glow-distance of the casino. From what I saw online in other reviews, Emelio's looked like a place where we'd get class-A pizza. It took me forever to find this dang place, but eventually we got there.
We were sat down in the back room with some other folks. Seriously, this was literally the back room. The waiter leaned over me to get into the freezer that was right near us. But, at least this back area had some nice Buckeye decor amongst the usual beer ads.
The waiter was a really nice guy. The pizza came out quickly and was very attentive to our drinks and if they needed to be filled, etc. No complaints here whatsoever. But, what bothered us was the lack of variety on the menu and no "specialty" pizza. What we like is if they have one pizza that is a really popular one or that is special to that one location. Nothing like that here at Emelio's.
We got about eight different pizza's and had to do some repeats because of the lack of variety on the menu. A few "everything" pizza's were on our table along with a meat lovers, and some pepperoni. However, none of them really "popped off the plate." While the pizza was not bad and I would likely return, the overall gist from the guys was that the pizza was lacking in any real defining / unique flavor.
Personally, I enjoyed it and thought it wasn't a bad place at all. But, here's what the other guys said:
- Cliff: "It's an ok back yard type of place."
- Nathan: "I felt like I was part of the family."
- Jon: "It's just a bar that happens to serve pizza - not a pizza place with a bar attached to it."
Here was our numerical take away:
- Atmosphere: 2.5 (out of 5, it was ok).
- Price: 2.5 (out of 5, not bad but variety lacked).
- Taste: 6.0 (out of 10, below average).
- Location: 2.5 (out of 5, hard to find).
- Service: 3.0 (out of 5, well done).
BOTTOM LINE: 16.5 / 30. Hard as heck to find. Lacked the "ka-pow" unique flavor. It's not necessarily bad they didn't have lots of variety. It's just that if you don't have variety, it means you should do what little pizza you do really well. Emelio's didn't do pizza well.