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3 places to score Columbus-style pie during Pizza & Beer Week

614now Staff



Chicago has its deep-dish, New York has thin crust, and Detroit has its rectangular shape. But, did you know Columbus has its own unique style of pizza?

Indeed, Ohio’s capital city has put its stamp on pies in the following three ways:

  1. thin crust
  2. edge-to-edge toppings
  3. cut into squares

What about toppings, you ask? Like the people who populate the city are bound by their love of Columbus but still possess a unique individuality, as long as pizzas have a thing crust, square pieces, and edge-to-edge toppings, those toppings are immaterial! Therefore, be they cheese, pepperoni, or ham + pineapple (feel free to squabble in the comments section about this pairing), Columbus pizzas are free to take on a personality as distinctive as their namesake.

Care to celebrate Columbus’ very first Pizza & Beer Week in true local fashion? Below are a few participating restaurants who carry a torch for the central Ohio style of pie.

Massey’s | Multiple locations

We’re not sure who coined it, but when a shop is known for serving “The Cadillac of pizzas,” you gotta try it. The deck oven-baked, rectangular strip-cut pizza has been a staple of the Columbus pie culture since Jim and Dan Massucci and Romeo Siri first introduced it to central Ohioans in 1949.

During Pizza & Beer Week, score such specialty pies as Taco Fiesta, Cheddar Bacon BBQ, Four Cheese, and more.

JT’s Pizza, Pub & Patio | 2390 W Dublin Granville Rd, Columbus

Do you like your thin Columbus crust bursting with flavor? Of course you do. During Pizza & Beer Week, order a signature pie with cajun, garlic, garlic butter, parmesan, or sesame seed seasoning for an extra pack to the thin crust.

Wednesdays are trivia + service industry nights and there will be live music this Friday!


Morone’s Italian Villa | 1490 Bethel Rd, Columbus

For over 40 years Morone’s Italian Villa has been one with the community in friendship and in feeding. Recipes have been passed down from generation to generation to bring you the crispy, completely covered pizzas you see and sink your teeth into today. Family-friendly service and local ingredients you can trust.

Stop by this week for unique pies like Loaded Potato, Cauliflower Crust Build-Your-Own, and many more you’ll only see during Pizza & Beer Week!

BONUS: Donatos | Multiple locations

Ah, the largest purveyor of Columbus-style pizza. Founded in Columbus, Ohio in 1963, Donatos does it right every time with heaping toppings, thin crust, and tavern cut slices (save us the tiny triangle edge pieces!). They’re not messing around when they say every piece is important.

While they may not be participating in Pizza & Beer Week, it’s always nice to patronize a Columbus-based business doing it in Columbus style.

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Restaurant Week Sneak Peek: Wolf’s Ridge Brewing

Regina Fox



In less than 10 years at its natural sunlight-soaked digs on N 4th Street, Wolf's Ridge Brewing has managed to become a place revered not only for brewing some of the best beers the city has to offer, but also for serving some of the best food.

What better time to experience them both than Restaurant Week January 20-25?

We were lucky enough to get a sneak peek of Wolf's Ridge three-course menu before it was released to the public, and we think you're really going to like it.

First Course: Choice of baked brie, endive salad, or bread and butter

The endive salad offered depths with every bite: the brightness of the shaved pear, the fresh earthiness of the endive, the texture of the fennel, the crunch of the walnuts. But the star of this dish was certainly the pool of tangy, creamy blue cheese dressing hiding below the colorful mixture.

Second Course: Choice of salmon, grilled cauliflower, or pork tenderloin

Without a shadow of a doubt, I believe each one of the entrees offered during Restaurant week are slam dunks, but to me, the choice was obvious: pork tenderloin.

The three plump and pink cuts of pork were so tender, they could be easily cut with just a butter knife. The succulence of the meat played well with the sweet, nutty sunchoke puree, and rich smoked hazelnut butter. Like the french origin suggests, the demi-glace soaked into the tenderloin truly was the "icing" on top.

Third Course: Choice of cheesecake or fudge bar

If at the end of your meal you're feeling bright, light, and flirty, the cheesecake is for you. The toasted coconuts coating the mousse-like rum cheesecake, icy pineapple sorbet and orange marmalade will send your palate on an all-inclusive trip to the seaside.

Feeling a little more dense or moody? The punch of the espresso ice cream, thick chocolate bar, and sticky caramel crémeux will have you closing your eyes, and "mmm"ing through every bite.

At $40, the Wolf's Ridge Restaurant deal is quite possibly the best time to experience the creative, elevated menu. But, you and the other 900,000 residents of Columbus already know that, right? So, don't wait to make your reservation!

To learn more about Restaurant Week January 20-25, visit

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Restaurant Week Sneak Peek: Pig out on amazing deal from Hoggy’s

Mike Thomas



Longtime fans of barbecue in Central Ohio will remember Hoggy's, the family-owned local barbecue chain which originally opened in 1991. Recent history saw Hoggy's step away from the restaurant game in favor of a thriving catering business. With a newly-renovated store on Bethel road, this OG Columbus BBQ joint is getting back in the retail mix.

Scroll down for an exclusive giveaway

We recently stopped by Hoggy's to preview all the delicious goodness they've cooked up for Restaurant Week. With a deal this sweet, it's time you got reacquainted with this awesome, homegrown barbecue spot!

Restaurant Week Deal: Choose three meats, two sides, and your choice of cobbler or banana pudding, all for $15.

You read that right: THREE meats. While Hoggy's brisket, pulled pork, or pulled chicken are all solid choices, be sure that one of your trifecta of picks is the baby back ribs. These are truly some of the best ribs we've tried in town.

Bonus sleeper pick: we found Hoggy's wings to be exceptionally crispy and flavorful, serving as the perfect delivery method for their great BBQ sauces.

When it comes to sides, you really can't go wrong at Hoggy's. From the potato salad to the "cowboy style" baked beans, each side has the same home cooked flavor that you'd hope to find at a family cookout.

As long as you're treating yourself, don't be afraid to go double-starch in the sides department. The mac and cheese (with both penne and elbow macaroni) is a can't-miss, but then who in their right mind can can pass on cheesy potatoes?

If you have any room left for dessert, either of the available options will be sure to send you over the edge into a food coma. Hoggy's satisfying cobbler is served oven-hot, just like grandma used to make. Likewise, the decadent banana pudding is everything it should be and more, with a fluffy, creamy texture that is unlike anything we've seen elsewhere.

When it comes to Restaurant Week, Hoggy's isn't playing around. For $15, this is one of the best bang-for-the-buck deals on the entire RW lineup. Don't sleep—there will be time for that after you've stuffed yourself with sides, dessert, and all the delicious smoked meats you can handle!

To learn more about Restaurant Week January 20-25, visit

Comment your favorite BBQ side dish to be entered to win dinner for two at Hoggy's!

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New plant-based diner takes root in Downtown

614now Staff



From the people who brought us Eden burger comes a new plant-based diner sure to satisfy your hunger.

4th & State is a vegan cafe and diner located in the heart of downtown Columbus under the leadership of Chad Goodwin.

Click here to read more about Eden Burger

Featuring fare aimed at both breakfast and lunch, hours will soon be expanded to cover dinner service to coincide with the launch of the restaurant's beer and wine program.

Below are pictures of a few of the most popular breakfast items thus far:

4th & State is located at 152 E State St. and is open Monday through Friday from 7am- 3pm, and Saturday through Sunday from 9am- 4pm. To learn more, check out their Instagram.

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