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The Six: Pizza

Tangy sauce, gooey cheese and a thick, chewy crust. If this doesn’t have you drooling and craving a slice of pizza, I don’t know what will. Growing up a picky eater, pizza was always a top go-to. I’m constantly searching for the best pizza in Columbus to share with my instagram followers, and now, with all of you!

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Tangy sauce, gooey cheese and a thick, chewy crust. If this doesn’t have you drooling and craving a slice of pizza, I don’t know what will. Growing up a picky eater, pizza was always a top go-to. I’m constantly searching for the best pizza in Columbus to share with my instagram followers, and now, with all of you! Hopefully a few pizza joints on this list will inspire you to step outside your ‘za comfort zone!

 #6  Yellow Brick

If you’re looking for a local, delicious take on a Chicago deep dish, head to Yellow Brick. Located in Olde Towne East, this funky pizza shop is full of interesting pizzas with crazy toppings. However, their iconic deep dish cheese pizza is complete with chunky red sauce and cheese that will give you that mouthwatering cheese pull. They also get extra marks for making a twisted crust topped with butter and delicious herbs. This joint is super popular, and the deep dish can take 40 minutes, so I suggest showing up early, heading over on a weeknight, or ordering pick-up. But don’t worry. This pizza is totally worth the wait!

Yellow Brick

892 Oak St

(614) 725-5482

 #5  Harvest Pizzeria

Harvest Pizzeria is for those farm to table foodies. Harvest Pizzeria makes it on my list for a few reasons. Number one is obviously that their pizza is delicious. The second reason is that they work really hard to partner with local farmers to provide their meats, cheeses, and vegetables. They believe that “local tastes better”, which I couldn’t agree with more. Their dough is made fresh in-house and they cook their pizzas in a stone oven, which gives them a perfectly crunchy crust.

I’m a sucker for a classic Margherita pizza, but if you’re feeling fancy, their pizza menu has many interesting choices. You can try the Goat Cheese with Salame Toscano and cherry tomatoes, The Geary Street with clams and mozzarella, or the Spicy Yuma with chorizo, jalapeno, and chipotle-spiked tomato sauce. If you’re at the German Village location, be sure to check out Curio, their cocktail bar! You can check out their other locations in Dublin and Clintonville as well.

Harvest Pizzeria

German Village, Dublin, Clintonville

 #4  Bono Pizza

Bono Pizza is the classic hole in the wall pizza joint. If you’ve never heard of Bono (which I hadn’t until recently), it’s located in an apartment complex in southern Upper Arlington (not so easy to spot). If you can find your way in, they have some really interesting combinations of toppings like anchovies and olives, kielbasa and sauerkraut, and pineapple, onions, ham, and gorgonzola all cooked using their wood fire oven.

When I first looked at their menu, I was a little nervous. I used to be a really picky eater, and sometimes I revert back to my old ways. I had heard such rave reviews about their pizza, so I decided to be brave and try the Zingaro pizza (pictured). HOLY COW, was I glad I didn’t ask for a substitution (chef props)! This pizza comes with caramelized Smithfield ham and bacon, gorgonzola cheese, garlic, fresh basil, green onions, fresh mozzarella, brie, swiss, fresh juicy pineapple and a sprinkle of pixie dust. It was the perfect combination of salty and sweet. I can’t wait to try out more of their delectable pizzas!

Bono Pizza

1412 Presidential Dr
(614) 906-8646

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 #3  Mikey’s Late Night

Mikey’s is great for all levels of sobriety.  Just as the name indicates, Mikey’s has been a late night staple in my life since I moved back to Columbus after college. I would be walking down High Street late at night literally praying that they would be at the food truck spot near Pint House. I also may or may not have walked all the way to Odd Fellows some nights just for that magical cheesy slice. Thank goodness, you can get your fix all over the city!

Mikey’s is well known for their edgy style, with menu items like “spicy-ass pepperoni”, “unicorn (or slut) sauce”, and “the baby cheezus”. If you’ve never had the pleasure of eating a slice (or 2) of Mikey’s, I suggest you change that ASAP!

Mikey's

Short North, Downtown, Clintonville

 #2  Paulie Gee’s

Being a food blogger has quite a few perks, and one of them is getting the chance to meet the people behind this restaurant. When I visited Paulie Gee’s for the first time last year, I had the pleasure of meeting TJ Gibbs, the owner of Paulie Gee’s. He shared his amazing story about how as an OSU grad, he moved to Brooklyn and shadowed the actual Paulie of Paulie Gee’s. After spending a year learning the tricks of the trade, TJ came back to Columbus and opened up his own version of Paulie Gee’s in the Short North.

At Paulie Gee’s, the pizza is baked in a wood-fired Napoli oven, imported from Italy. This creates a perfectly crispy and bubbly crust. If you go during happy hour, you can order PIZZA FLIGHTS (pictured). Three mini pizzas that are perfect for those indecisive moments that we all get looking at a pizza menu. You really can’t go wrong, but if you’re looking for a super interesting pizza, I suggest the Cherry Jones. It has gorgonzola, prosciutto, cherries, and orange blossom honey, YUM! 

Paulie Gee's

1195 N High St
(614) 808-0112

 #1  Pizza Cucinova

Pizza Cucinova has been my favorite pizza place for some time now. They seriously know what they are doing in the pizza oven. One of the best things about Cucinova is all of their pizzas are made totally from scratch. They use fresh ingredients and hand make and stretch their dough. That’s pretty unusual for a fast casual pizza restaurant! They spend all day roasting the veggies, hand rolling the meatballs, and prepping the other delicious ingredients that grace your yummy pizza.

The best part about all of these amazing ingredients and another reason they are #1? For only $8, you can add AS MANY TOPPINGS AS YOU WANT. After you pick your toppings, your pizza goes into an extremely hot wood fired oven to cook for 2-3 minutes. The crust gets golden delicious and the cheese gets bubbly and you have the perfect pizza. Don’t forget to add my personal favorite finishing touch, balsamic glaze once it’s out of the oven!

Pizza Cucinova

Dublin, Easton, Polaris, Grandview, Westerville

Jordan Ankerman, of @midwest_foodfest, is a creative teacher and foodie who enjoys sharing her enthusiastic demeanor and passion for yummy food with all of her Instagram followers. You can find her eating pizza and snapping photos of her meals wherever she goes!

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Too Good to Eat: Hubbard Grille’s Short Rib and Shrimp shareable

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If looks could krill, you would be on the floor. Literally.

Hubbard Grille's Short Rib and Shrimp shareable dish will knock you right out of your seat because it will hit you hard and fast with flavor and more.

Photo by Angela Lee of @findyourfork

Imagine this: the most tender and delicious pulled beef short rib layered on a bed of the creamiest and cheesiest white cheddar grits with tomato jus. Top the bite-sized goodness off with a perfectly tender and seasoned prawn, add some color and texture with delicately placed microgreens and take that first bite.

With that first bite, you’ve just experienced one of the most delicious flavor profiles that the Columbus food scene has to offer. Second bite and your taste buds are just begging, pleading, and crying for more. Third bite and you are already shamelessly scraping off every last drop, speck, and flavor from the dish with your spoon.

You might actually even pick up the dish with your own two hands and unashamedly lick the plate clean. You might also start bargaining with your fellow table mates to negotiate the remaining pieces on the plate.

No judgement here. We have all done it at one point. You gotta do what you gotta do, am I right?

Hubbard Grille is located at 793 N. High St. in the Short North. To learn more + view the menu, visit hubbardgrille.com.

@findyourfork your average noodle connoisseur, taco devourer, and mimosa lover. When she's not busy snapping pictures of her latest yummy foodie adventures, you'll find her at your local coffee shop casually relaxing with a pastry in hand and a latte in the other.

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Beloved burger joint opening in Hilliard next week

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Swensons Drive-In is expanding their central Ohio footprint in just a few days. The Hilliard stand will open at 4810 Cemetery Rd. on Monday, September 23.

Hilliard will be the third stand in Columbus with a locations in Dublin and Polaris.

The Akron-based burger chain prepares their burgers, including the signature Galley Boy, using premium cuts of beef ground fresh daily and made to order. The buttered and toasted buns only add to the juiciness of the meat.

https://twitter.com/SwensonsDriveIn/status/1175043808268099585

Apart from the greasy goodness that is Swensons food, one of the other reasons to patronize the stand is its car-side service. From the comfort of your pajama pants, Swensons Curb Servers will be at your window, eager to take your order and sprint, literally sprint, it back to the kitchen for preparation. Just be sure to not drop a single Potato Teezer between your seat because we all know that is the land of no return.

Visit www.swensonsdriveins.com for more information.

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Review: Matt & Tony’s dishes out classic comfort food in downtown

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I've gotten to try a lot of interesting cuisine with this job, but it's rare that I get the opportunity to sample a mother's spaghetti recipe outside of my childhood home. This is the type of experience that Matt & Tony's Wood Fired Kitchen, which recently opened inside the former CBC Restaurant space, offers its guests.

At Matt & Tony's, you don't have to sneak off to the bathroom to Google what a menu item is so you don't look ignorant in front of your date, and that's what makes it so great.

The menu bodes familiar comforts like fried chicken, fish & chips, veal parmesan, and burgers. There's no proprietary flare or fancy sauce smears around your plate—it's all just damn good food.

I sampled Madeline's Spaghetti & Meatballs, which is straight from the cookbook of co-owner Matt Rootes' mother. The sauce was sweet and plentiful while the meatballs were hearty and succulent. I didn't want to gorge myself on the first entree, but I couldn't seem to stop twirling those perfectly-boiled noodles around my fork...

Next up was a Wood Grilled Steak with mashed potatoes and broccoli. I heard once that butter wasn't a carb, so I spread it on thick and cut myself a piece with a crispy fat edge—juicy, tender, and lean. I didn't eat all 12 oz., but I very easily could have.

The Fork N' Knife BBQ Ribs at Matt & Tony's are straight out of a BBQ fairy tale. This healthy helping of slow-cooked, fall-off-the-bone meat is smothered in sauce and almost impossible to put down. You may not be excusing yourself to Google what you just nervously and unknowingly ordered, but you'll probably require a bathroom mirror to make sure you've wiped all the sauce off your mug after devouring these racks.

Feeling like Thanksgiving? Have a little alternative celebration for yourself with Matt & Tony's Half Roasted Chicken with crushed herbs and lemon butter. Slip into a food coma with the sides of potatoes and seasonal vegetable. Dream a little dream of country gravy (which can be found drowning the fried chicken dinner entree).

Rootes says he and his partner Tony Wildman chose to open Matt & Tony's to give the people of downtown an option for high-quality steaks and seafood at a reasonable price without all the "frou-frou." I, for one, think that's exactly what downtown needs.

While so many other restaurants are reaching for globally-inspired dishes made with ingredients you can pronounce, Matt & Tony's is executing classic comfort dishes you grew up on in a warm, inviting atmosphere—it's like a little slice of home on Short St.

Matt & Tony's is located at 525 Short Street and is open 11am- 10pm Sunday through Thursday and 11am- 11pm Friday and Saturday. Visit mattandtonys.com for more information.

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