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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.
VIDEO: Click play above to see some video of our frozen adventure!
Columbus By The Slice - we're looking for the best pizza in our Capital City. This week, we take another little diversion and try some of the frozen offerings from our local grocers. Here's how they stacked up.
1. Freschetta Hawaiian: $5.49 at Kroger. Solid toppings and nearly tasted like it was a fresh pizza in a restaurant. The crust was very, very thin, but that helped out with enhancing the flavor of the quality toppings. It's a little bit pricier on the scale of frozen pizzas but definitely one that we'd revisit. I'm sure they do a good regular pepperoni, too. Freschetta snags a final score of 7.5/10.
2. California Pizza Kitchen BBQ Chicken: $7.30 at Giant Eagle. "CPK" - as they are called - have a brand and a reputation to protect. So, it stands to reason that their frozen offerings would also be quite tasty. Nearly everything about this pie was spot-on: the sauce was just enough "zingy" and the chicken tasted fresh and not frozen. The only draw back is that the crust was very thin. Yes, it was the "thin crust" type of their pizza, but how thin is too thin? Final score for CPK is a happy little 7.5/10.
3. Red Baron Classic Crust Pepperoni: $3.50 at Kroger. Personally, I think this is a good standard for a quality classic pepperoni pizza that is previously frozen. This is a no-nonsense pepperoni and the ol' Baron makes it work. With any frozen pizza, you get what you pay for. But, with "RB," you get alot of tasty goodness. Bravo. Final score for this bad boy: 7.0/10.
4. DiGiorno Cheese Stuffed Crust: $6.99 at Kroger. Jeff enjoyed this one. This was definitely a nice, plump pizza. We've never had a "cheese stuff crust" in our pizza adventure before. So, this was a nice little change of pace. As you can see in the video, the cheese stick was kinda laying inside the crust. I kinda wanted it to melt. But, overall, solid flavor and definitely worth a re-heat.. or re-do. Final score: 7.0/10.
5. Tony's Meat-Trio: $1.99 at Kroger. Can you say "bachelor food"? I really like "Tony's." The one draw back is that it took us a few fortnights to find the suposed three meats that were on this "Meat-Trio." But, Mr. Tony, you do a good job here. It's not perfect, but for $1.99, you are getting a pretty decent quality for what you pay. Final score for Tony's: 6.5/10.
6. Tomstone Supreme: $3.49 at Target. Well, this was... uh... how do we put it... not that great. Did we cook it wrong? I don't think so. Tombstone wasn't that impressive at all. The toppings were decent, but the flavor was about as exciting was the Amish throwing a party. Probably not worth another try at it, but heck - maybe it's your thing. Final score for Tomstone: 5.5/10.
7. Jack's Sausage and Pepperoni: $2.69 at Kroger. Serious question - did they borrow their crust recipe from the Pop-Tart folks? This was nasty crust. Dude, Jack. What happened, man? Can we still be friends? Or, did you intend for us to play frisbee with this burnt Pop-Tart stuff that has pizza toppings on it? Toppings were fresh, but the crust sunk Jack to the bottom of our list: 4.0/10.
BOTTOM LINE: Freschetta tops our list. While it's not necessarily a completely fair review being that we didn't do pepperoni pizzas across the board, we still think that the guys over there can make one mean frozen pie. CPK is sure to be a good bet. But, for the best pepperoni - the Red Baron is your man. Fun side note - this review is our 25th! Thanks for reading! Onward to many more pizzas!
Posing with the top five frozen pizzas. What a handsome bunch, aren't we?