Local historian giving free lecture on the history of pizza in Columbus

Jack McLaughlin

Jim Ellison doesn’t just know a thing or two about Columbus pizza history, he wrote the book on it. Literally.

And later this week, you’ll have a chance to grab a slice of his knowledge: On Nov. 17 from 7-8:30 p.m., Ellison will be delivering a free presentation on the history of Columbus Pizza. 

Ellison will be speaking at the event alongside Brad Rocco from Bexley Pizza Plus. Rocco took home the International Pizza Award for Best Traditional Pizza in 2014, meaning he knows a thing or two about good pies himself.


The event will be hosted remotely and streamed via Crowdcast. You can attend using this link. 

In his book “Columbus Pizza: A Slice of History,” Ellison dives into the roots of the city’s iconic, ultra-thin pies, and the names of the city’s powerhouse pizza families like the Iacanos, Massuccis and more. The event, which is put on by the Columbus Metropolitan Library, will get into these names, places and even the defining characteristics of Columbus-style pizza.

Want to read more? Check out our print publication, (614) Magazine. Learn where you can find a free copy of our new November issue here!


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