Born and raised in Columbus, Mike Gallicchio is first and foremost an entrepreneur. You might be familiar with some of his work. He’s owner of the Columbus Food Truck Festival, Columbus Wine Festival, and Columbus Fiery Foods Festival, as well as a food truck fabrication company, Titan Trucks. His father (Pops) is the real pizza connoisseur of Columbus—He owned several Domino’s Pizza franchises. Once he was old enough, though, Gallicchio spent many a night makin’ pies and traveling from store to store proofing dough and slapping sauce. While he’s since eked out a living in a different part of Columbus’ cuisine scene, Gallicchio’s love for all things pizza has remained, and searching out perfect pies is something he’s passionate about. Every month, you can count on Gallicchio to share one of his favorite pizza places. Will it be one of your own favorites, or a new place to try?
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Pizza for Breakfast rating: 5
One of my favorite things about Columbus is the plethora of fantastic pizza offered in our great city, and Enrico’s Pizza shines like no other.
My father, who holds the original title of Pizza Master in the family, would always utter one name (and one name only) when it came to Columbus pizza, and that name is Enrico’s. For as long as I can remember, my dad always harped on me to try this pizza joint (“Son, you gotta go to Enrico’s!”) but I was busy working and raising a family, so traveling to a distant suburb to sample a new pizza wasn’t on the top of my to-do list.
About 15 years ago I finally took my pop’s advice and went to Enrico’s, and I haven’t stopped going since. Enrico’s is located in the Hilliard-Dublin area, occupying a spot in a commercial strip mall off Frantz Road. The dining area is currently closed due to COVID, but the restaurant’s carryout is still available .
Enrico’s just drips old-school Italian pizza joint. The quality is always consistent and top notch. Enrico’s features old-school, wood-tiled walls, a small, packed, and bustling kitchen, and an oven that looks like it should be housed in the pizza museum (Not sure a pizza museum exists, but it should.)
The crust and sauce are ridiculously good. The crust is my favorite thing about Enrico’s. It’s thick and holds up well to all the toppings, and every pizza is smothered with cheese. I really don’t have a favorite pizza at Enricos. I mean, at the end of the day, when I think of Columbus-style pizza (square-cut, Old World), I think of Enrico’s. Enrico’s is on my top 5 list for sure when it comes to Columbus Pizza.
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