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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.
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.
Beards in ascending order: Vince, James, Paul, Nathan, Jeff, two pizza dudes.
Mikey's Late Night Slice: 15 East Duncan Ave, Columbus, OH 43202.
Well, there are few words to describe the stylings of Mikey Sorboro. His ever-expanding chain of "Late Night Slice" joints caught our eye as we're on the quest for the best pizza in Columbus. I mean, seriously - who has a "slut sauce." What's in it, don't ask, but it's good. Now, on to the rest of the story.
First: I love that this place is local and clearly is invested in the pizza health of Columbus. The more local the better. Bravo, dudes. Second, when we walked into the Clintonville location (near the corner of Duncan and High), we felt really welcome and wanted by the bearded men in the store. Points for kindness, gents. Third, the ordering process was simple and easy. We got: "That's a Spicy Meatball," "Plain-Ass Pepperoni," and "Spicy-Ass Pepperoni." Normally, you don't want to have that word in your menu, but what the heck - Mikey makes it work. And yes, that is literally the name of a regular pepperoni pizza.
We didn't have to wait long as the pies came out pretty speedily. Granted, we were sitting around two small tables with multiple cans of Faygo, but we made the cramped seating work as we dug in. This stuff came out really hot! Good deal! The "Spicy Meatball" was the first meatball pizza we've had on our quest. It was good, but I wanted to taste more Sriracha sauce that they made it with. The regular and spicy pepperoni are the staples of Mikey's Late Night Slice and it's what they do best. They have many other specialty menu items and off-the-wall pizzas, but they do a good pepperoni.
What makes Mikey's good is the "slut sauce." Why they name it after a "lady of the night," I don't know - nor do I know what the heck is in the sauce. But, once you try it, you can't go back. The skank sauce isn't the only dipping sauce they offer - there is hot rance, garlic, and others.
Click play below to hear what we think about LNS...
Here's the final score for Mikey's Late Night Slice...
Atmosphere (out of 5): 3.5 (enjoyed the street-side eating).
Price (out of 5): 5.0 (perfect score; it was $8 a guy).
Location (out of 5): 4.0 (easy access off High).
Service (out of 5): 4.5 (funny, jolly dudes).
Taste (out of 10): 8.0 (the pizza, the sauce... drooling).
BOTTOM LINE: 25/30 for these cats! Mikey's Late Night Slice is ungodly and good. In fact, I am craving some "slut sauce" and spicy pep right now. This is a local beat you can't miss. If you like pizza in Columbus, this is a must eat. Price was spot on. The locations are easy to get to and park. Service makes you feel welcome. And, the taste: it's irreverently unique and delicious.
SPECIAL PROPS: Nothing but mad props go to Kyle who joined the group for the night and took the great pic you see here and in the gallery. Thanks, man!