Pizza has been an easy go-to for family meals during the stay-at-home order. It’s an easy choice – everyone loves it, and the businesses are already geared toward carryout and delivery. Here are 12 we’ve tried during the shutdown!
1. OH Pizza and Brew
18 Dilmont Dr., Worthington
946 Galloway Rd., Galloway
88 E. Broad St., Downtown
I’ve long known OH Pizza from their downtown shop, but they have branches in Galloway and Worthington, too. The Worthington one is tucked down the side of strip mall. We sampled the Founder and the Wild Mushroom pizzas.
3905 Cleveland Ave.
Terita’s has been one of our favorite discoveries, thanks to Malini from Lakes and Lattes’ post on Columbus Navigator. Until I read that, I had never heard of Terita’s! They make classic Columbus style, and I’m partial to the Terita’s Special with their house-made sausage.
3. Paulie Gee’s
1195 N. High St., Short North
I’m ashamed to say we haven’t tried Paulie Gee’s until a couple months ago, and I can’t believe it’s taken us this long. We tried three different pies and were impressed by each one. On select days they offer a 3 for $30 deal, AND they make square Detroit-style pizzas, too.
4. Fibonacci’s Pizzeria
3055 Indianola Ave., Clintonville
We’ve long loved Studio 35, and the fact that they opened their own in-house pizza shop is icing on the cake. We loved both pizzas we tried on our last visit before the shutdowns: nice, chewy crust – fresh toppings. Even if you’re not seeing a movie, you can order carryout!
5. JT’s Pizza & Pub
2390 W. Dublin-Granville Rd., Worthington
JT’s does pub fare well, from the pizzas to the wings to the loaded fries. We love their specialty pies like the Chicken Bacon Ranch, The Big Al, the Hawaiian. And if pizza’s not your thing, you can get all Ben Wyatt and order calzones.
6. Pizza House
747 Lincoln Ave.
Pizza House falls in the same category as Terita’s: a family-run institution that’s been around for 50-60 years. They do subs, sandwiches, fried mushrooms, mozzarella sticks and all that, but I’m partial to the thin crust, edge-to-edge topping pizzas, especially the All The Way.
7. Natalie’s Coal Fired Pizza
5601 N. High St., Worthington
945 King Ave., Grandview/5xNW
Natalie’s is always a favorite, with their crispy pies and creative toppings. We love the Margherita; the Venetian Jail with Italian sausage, mushrooms, ricotta, goat cheese; and the fragrant Funky Funghi.
8. GoreMade Pizza
936 N. Fourth St., Italian Village
Nick Gore and his team are some of the most creative pizza-makers in the city. They thoughtfully source their ingredients, often foraging themselves. You can try the Clintonvillain with mushrooms, smoked salt, truffle oil, or the Porkistopheles with pepperoni, sausage, and bacon. My suggestion: get the Chef’s Choice and just see what they come up with. Bonus: GoreMade has a huge back patio.
9. Dewey’s Pizza
1327 W. Fifth Ave., Grandview
6540 Perimeter Dr., Dublin
640 High St., Worthington
Dewey’s is a family favorite, especially the Worthington location. We miss going there and watching them toss pies through the windows. But we still order carryout these days. I love the Ryan’s Inferno buffalo chicken pizza. The garlic/mushroom/olive/goat cheese-centric Edgar Allan Poe is another regular. And right now is their amazing seasonal Tito Santana taco pizza.
10. Villa Nova Ristorante
5545 N. High St., Worthington
Speaking of taco pizza, that’s our go-to from Villa Nova, a long-standing institution at the southern end of Worthington. They serve all sorts of old school pies, but the taco pizza, buried under layers of cheese and lettuce, is our regular order.
11. Kilbourne Market
5620 State Route 521, Kilbourne
We checked out the Kilbourne Market recently during their new farmers market. Kilbourne is a small village just off the northern tip of the Alum Creek Reservoir; a group of families is renovating old buildings to help resurrect the town, and the Market is the first big project. In addition to standard market options, you can order pizzas to-go or to be enjoyed on their new patio.
12. Auddino’s Bakery
1490 Clara Ave., near the State Fairgrounds
The family-run Auddino’s has been selling pre-made pizza crusts and take-home kits with cheese and pepperoni. Just top the crusts and pop in the oven for a bit. We made our own taco pizza and one with fresh basil.