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  • #1 by rdbedwards on 21 Aug 2018
  • I grew up in Columbus and used to love Rotolo's and Donato's.  I'll be back there next week after many years away and wondered what the recommendations were now?  Are these places still good?  I remember Tommy's had a cult following.  FYI, my pizza tastes have developed since then and now I like proper Neapolitan pizza as well as NY and Sicilian slices, but I'll probably still try my old favourites for nostalgic reasons.  Thanks!
  • #2 by JAG on 22 Aug 2018
  • rdbedwards,

    I am a transplant and have lived in the east Columbus burbs for many years. I have never been a fan of Donato's and have never had Rotolo's but there are some good places around town that my wife and I enjoy.

    Natalie's Coal Fired- North High St. south of 270 in Worthington
    Harvest- German Village
    Also, forum member weemis has a place in Italian Village, GoreMade Pizza
    Paulie Gee's- Short North, High St.
    Also my wife and I operate a mobile WFO and work a Thurs. evening Farmers Market in Pickerington 4-7pm. We are more of an American wood fired doing 10" personals and not so much a legit Neapolitan style.
  • #3 by bobgraff on 22 Aug 2018
  • Some of the more recent new comers are:

    Harvest Pizza (Wood Fired)
    GoreMade (Wood fired)
    Paulie Gee's (Wood fired)
    Natalie's Coal Fired

    They even opened up a Giordano's, if deep dish is your thing.

    While not new, I still have a soft spot for the pizza at Figlio (wood fired).

    Borgata and Leone's are known for their "New York" style pizza.

    Tommy's, Rotolo's, Donato's are all still around, however Rotolo's closed up all their stores except the original Grandview location.

    There's definitely no shortage of choices, that's for sure.
  • #4 by rdbedwards on 23 Aug 2018
  • Great, thanks for the info.  I've looked online and checked a few places out, I think Paulie Gee's looks worth a visit, and I'll go back to the original Rotolo's since growing up we used to get a pizza every Sunday night from there, and my kids will probably prefer Donato's since they favor chain pizza over anything higher end.
  • #5 by bobgraff on 23 Aug 2018
  • rdbedwards,

    I am a transplant and have lived in the east Columbus burbs for many years. I have never been a fan of Donato's and have never had Rotolo's but there are some good places around town that my wife and I enjoy.

    Natalie's Coal Fired- North High St. south of 270 in Worthington
    Harvest- German Village
    Also, forum member weemis has a place in Italian Village, GoreMade Pizza
    Paulie Gee's- Short North, High St.
    Also my wife and I operate a mobile WFO and work a Thurs. evening Farmers Market in Pickerington 4-7pm. We are more of an American wood fired doing 10" personals and not so much a legit Neapolitan style.

    I did not know that a fellow forum member ran GoreMade - pretty cool! 

    I'm not usually on the East side, but I'll make a mental note to check out your operation if I happen to be that way.

    Apologies for the redundant post.  I apparently took a while to write that post.  Great minds think alike, I guess!

    rdbedwards - hope you have a good visit!  Can't go wrong with any of those suggestions!
  • #6 by JAG on 24 Aug 2018
  • rdbedwards,

    You may already know but Paulies is not open for lunch or at least wasn't, I haven't checked in a while. Just in case you are looking for a midday pizza fix ;)

  • #7 by rdbedwards on 24 Aug 2018
  • Good to know, thanks for the heads up.  We'll plan to go to Paulie Gee's for dinner instead.  Looking forward to it!

    Someone I'll be visiting is planning to go to Dewey's, which I'd never heard of.  Opinions?
  • #8 by JAG on 24 Aug 2018
  • rdbedwards,

    I have been to the OSU campus area Dewey's, for me it was nothing special, but I am more of the high temp neo style pizza person. I was not bad but it just wasn't memorable, it is what I see as a typical American style pizza. Probably a safe bet to take the family, beer and salads available.

    A family type place I have enjoyed is Pies And Pints. It has a bit more to offer menu wise but has a GREAT beer selection, pizza is a bit pricey but tasty and again to me what I consider American style.

    JG
  • #9 by rdbedwards on 05 Sep 2018
  • I'm back from Columbus and I got to try a few places.  Donato's was the first one, and I was disappointed from my memory of it.  I tried both the thin crust and the thicker and neither were as good as I remember.  The main problem was that the crust seemed soggy, so maybe it was just an off night.  The Rotolo's was as I remembered, good but not great pizza, so I think my standards are higher now. 

    I also tried Tommy's, which I don't have a memory of, and it was ok to good, but not great either.  I didn't have a chance to go to Paulie Gee's, which is a shame because I'm guessing it would have been better than any of the places above.
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