Our city’s namesake hails from Italy and so does another thing we care a great deal about — pizza. Like many other foods that we have adopted over time, pizza has morphed and developed into many delicious American styles. Here in Columbus, the world of pizza is incredible. You can experience so many different styles, from the old-fashioned to the modern, from the extra crusty to the extra cheesy. It’s nearly impossible to list all of the fantastic pizzerias in town, but here is a shoutout to some of the best. Ready to drool? Here are 18 incredible pizza places in Columbus, starting with some that have been around forever and ending with some of the great newbies.
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1. Plank’s Cafe and Pizzeria
Walter Plank saw an opportunity to start a cafe and pizzeria in the post-prohibition era and opened Plank's on Parsons Ave. in 1939. They have been there ever since. Now run by the third generation of Planks, this pizzeria serves a uniquely sweet dough, which has locals always craving more.
Plank’s Cafe and Pizzeria is located at 743 Parsons Ave., Columbus, OH 43206.
2. Tommy's Pizza
Winner of CityScene's "Best of the 'Bus 2017" Mom and Pop Pizzeria, Tommy's has been serving pizza since 1952. Thomas Iacono brought his thin cracker crust family recipe from Italy, and the pizzeria has been making it fresh every day ever since.
Tommy’s Pizza has three locations: in the University District at 174 W Lane Ave., Columbus, OH 43201, in Upper Arlington at 1350 W Lane Ave., Columbus, OH 43221, and in Dublin at 4279 W Dublin Granville Rd., Dublin, OH 43017.
3. Rubino’s Pizza
Rubino's is a long-time local favorite that serves an Italian style thin crust pizza. This place has been feeding pizza craving locals for more than 50 years. It's a simple old-fashioned cash-only pizzeria with some of the most delicious pie in town.
Rubino’s Pizza is located at 2643 E Main St., Columbus, OH 43209.
4. Gatto's Pizza
This family-owned pizzeria was founded in 1952 by brothers Joe and Jimmy Gatto. They still use their original pizza ovens and make the same traditional thin crust pizza. If you're looking for that delicious fresh and hot Columbus pizza, this is one place you don't want to miss.
Gatto’s Pizza is located at 2928 N High St., Columbus, OH 43202.
5. The Pizza House
After being in business for more than 50 years, The Pizza House still offers that traditional homemade pizza with fresh ingredients and dough made in-house. Over the years they have also added some delicious newer items, including White Pizza, Hawaiian Pizza, BBQ Chicken Pizza, Pesto Pizza, and pizza with gluten-free crust.
The Pizza House is located at 747 E Lincoln Ave., Columbus, OH 43229.
6. Enrico's Pizza & Restaurant
Enrico's has been making their handmade Italian pizza since 1968. Always served with the freshest ingredients, you can't go wrong with Enrico's when you're looking for a fresh hot pizza.
Enrico’s Pizza & Restaurant is located at 5788 Frantz Rd., Dublin, OH 43016.
7. Dante's Pizza
This local favorite has been offering delicious pizza since 1973. They specialize in using fresh, homemade ingredients to make their traditional-style pizzas extra yummy.
Dante’s Pizza is located at 3586 Indianola Ave., Columbus, OH 43214.
8. Adriatico's New York Style Pizza
Looking for a fantastic pizza option on Ohio State's campus? Look no further than Adriatico's. This campus pizzeria has been serving delicious New York Style pizza for almost 40 years.
Adriatico’s New York Style Pizza is located at 265 W 11th Ave., Columbus, OH 43201.
9. Hounddog's Three Degree Pizza
Hounddog's is a local favorite, not just because of their tasty build your own kind of pizza, but also because of their late hours. Open daily until 2:15 a.m., this is the place to go when you're hungry after a fun night out for a great big pizza with multiple crust and sauce options.
Hounddog’s Three Degree Pizza is located at 2657 N High St., Columbus, OH 43202.
10. Mikey's Late Night Slice
Perhaps the favorite pizza by the slice option in Columbus, Mikey's Late Night Slice opened its first food truck in 2009 and has been widely successful ever since. "Columbus's Original Street Pizza" serves delicious new york style slices until 3 a.m. daily at multiple locations throughout the city.
Mikey’s Late Night Slice has three locations: in the Short North at 1030 N High St., Columbus, OH 43201, downtown at 268 S 4th St., Columbus, OH 43215, and in Old North Columbus at 1030 N High St., Columbus, OH 43201.
11. Sparano's Pizza
Self-dubbed as the "Home of the Heavy Duty pizza" Sparano's is another big favorite among locals. Here you can get a simple yet hearty and delicious pizza every time you crave one.
Sparano’s Pizza is located at 3590 Trabue Rd., Columbus, OH 43204.
12. Yellow Brick Pizza
Serving deliciousness since 2009, this local joint offers artisanal pizzas with great beers in a laid-back atmosphere. Here you can try a cornmeal type crust and get creative with your toppings.
Yellow Brick Pizza is located at 892 Oak St., Columbus, OH OH 43205.
13. Natalie’s Coal Fired Pizza and Live Music
At Natalie's, you can enjoy your New York-style charred-crust coal-fired pizza in a fantastic atmosphere. With live music offered daily, this is the place to enjoy that steamy pie along with quality music.
Natalie’s Coal Fired Pizza and Live Music is located at 5601 N High St., Worthington, OH 43085.
14. Leone's Pizza
This family-run New York-style pizza joint is definitely one to check out. Crafted by award-winning pizza-tosser and chef, Ryan LaRose, Leone's pizza quickly became a local favorite.
Leone’s Pizza is located at 5413 Sinclair Rd., Columbus, OH 43229.
15. Harvest Pizzeria
Harvest offers decadent modern pizzas with incredibly fresh and local ingredients. They partner with many Ohio farms to bring the best ingredients to your pizza.
Harvest has three locations: Harvest Pizzeria in German Village - 495 S 4th St., Columbus, OH 43206, Harvest Pizzeria in Dublin - 45 N High St., Dublin, OH 43017, Harvest Bar + Kitchen in Clintonville - 2885 N High St., Columbus, OH 43202.
16. Brenz Pizza Co.
Brenz combines hundred-year-old recipes with modern flavors to create their tasty pizzas. Brenz opened in 2015 and has quickly become a favorite.
Brenz Pizza is located at 1551 Lennox Town Ln., Columbus, OH 43212.
17. Paulie Gee's Short North
A great pizza place for vegans and vegetarians, Paulie Gee's serves authentic Neapolitan wood-fired pizza. Open since 2016, this is a great place to enjoy a delicious pizza with a handcrafted cocktail.
Paulie Gee’s Short North is located at 1195 N High St., Columbus, Ohio, OH 43201.
18. GoreMade Pizza
GoreMade opened its doors only a year ago, but they have quickly become the talk of the town. With a focus on seasonal local ingredients, their wood-fired pizzas are always wonderfully flavorful.
GoreMade Pizza is located at 936 N 4th St., Columbus, OH 43201.
I imagine you’re already on your way to grab a pizza? Enjoy it and let us know how you liked it!