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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.
Paul, Vince, Kyle, and Jeff: 4/6 of the "Slice" dudes with our fave at the Pizza Taste Off - Romeo's.
I took a call Saturday morning from a Reynoldsburg city councilman who invited us dudes from Columbus By The Slice out to his Tomato Town. Each year, the Tomato Festival has a "Pizza Taste Off" with various pizza places across the 'Burg. After Chris explained his pitch, we agreed to head out east and enjoy some goodness out there. We are glad we did!
Overall, we thought that Romeo's took the cake - or pie in this case - with their "Butcher Shop" pizza (about $18 for a large). According to their website, it has "pepperoni, sausage, ham, bacon and crumbled meatballs." Our rule for a meat lovers-stle pizza is this: "The more dead animals the better." This one abided by that rule - and exceeded it at the same time. There was a slightly sweet sauce (which struck a chord with Kyle) but the sweetness wasn't overpowering at all. The crust was thick - but had a great crisp vibe to it. The flavor was a great concert of Italian-ness. Toppings were very fresh! Of the five places at the Tomato Festival's Pizza Taste Off, Romeo's nailed it in our book. Paul got a slice of their "Great Ranch and Potato" and said it was slamming, too. Bravo, folks! The people service at the Romeo's table were from the Reynoldsburg location.
Click play below and hear our thoughts about the Pizza Taste Off in Reynoldsburg!
I personally really enjoyed Tyler's Pizza (they have a bakery, too). The people serving at that table were really, really nice and had a large variety of pizza and were willing to answer my questions. All other places had solid showings, but we all agreed that each one deserved honorable mentions. So with that, we tip our hats - or greasy napkins - Jet's, Zero's, and Alatoby's!
BOTTOM LINE: While there are more pizza places than just Romeo's in Reynoldsburg, they clearly showed they've mastered the art of pizza-making. They do it with class - and sass.