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: 3
I’ve seen Zamarelli’s Pizza Palace mentioned a few times on various social sites and specifically on pizza connoisseurs of Columbus. The pies always looked delicious, and the place has a very loyal following so I figured I would take a drive down to Grove City on a Friday night and sample the wares.
Timing is everything, especially when it comes to grabbing great pizza. I thought I had timed this pizza grab perfectly, but like many a well laid plan, I failed miserably.
I called Zamarelli’s Pizza Palace right at 4:05 p.m. in the hopes of beating the Friday night pizza rush but the phone was busy. I tried four more times, still busy. I’m not complaining; if you call a pizza shop and the line is busy, that’s a sign that the spot is popular. Finally, a gentleman picked up the phone. He sounded kinda hectic and stressed and I completely understood because I remember many a Friday night working for my pop’s pizza places: Friday nights can be hectic and stressful. Needless to say, I finally ordered my pizza, and I’m very happy I did.
I ordered a large cheese and a large pepperoni. Zamarelli’s Pizza Palace is mom & pop pizza at its finest. The crust was perfect, crunchy, crisp, and lip-smacking good.
Zamarelli’s Pizza Palace was founded in 1963 and is located in Grove City, 4011 Front St., right downtown. Zamarelli’s Pizza Palace not only features an assortment of great pizzas and subs, but also some tasty family pasta dinners and salads. Zamarelli’s Pizza Palace is your all around paisano kind of joint.
Zamarellis is hard to find, which in my opinion only adds to the allure. If you go on a weekend night just look for the little white building with the line out the door. Trust me, you will love Zamarelli’s Pizza Palace.
If you like this, read: Gallicchio’s Perfect Pies, a Monthly Review: Adriatico’s New York Style Pizza
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