CU Live: All Things Pizza in Columbus

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Editor’s Note 11/10/2020: Jim Ellison’s book, Columbus Pizza: A Slice of History is now available! Click here to learn more about Ellison’s process for writing the book and how to order.

Is there a more perfect food? Carbs. Cheese. Seemingly infinite varieties. On CU Live we’re talking all things pizza in Columbus.

Jim Ellison, food blogger and writer, joined Columbus Underground Associate Editor Susan Post to talk more about his upcoming book on the history of pizza in Columbus, taste some of the best pies the city has to offer, and roundup tons of recommendations on where to score a solid slice.

Do you like banana peppers on your pizza? You have Columbus to thank for that. Ellison gives us a brief rundown of the history of pizza in Central Ohio. Pies became prevalent on menus in the ’50s (can you imagine a time without pizza?!) and Ellison discusses some of the early – and still prevalent – players on the pizza scene. Hungry for more? Ellison’s book Columbus Pizza: A Slice of History will make its debut later this year. (Learn more & order here.)

Attempting to quell a HEATED debate, Ellison offers up some of his picks for best classic pizza in Columbus. Ellison and Post discuss the merits of two long-standing Columbus joints: Hounddog’s and Adriatico’s, and give the two pies a try. While you can’t go wrong with either, there’s also this reader survey of the 25 Best Pizzas in Columbus for more tasting and debating pleasure.

How many slices of Meister’s Chicago-style pizza can you actually eat? (One. The answer is one.) We talk about where to find some more unique pies in Columbus, from Yellow Brick Pizza and Paulie Gee’s, to neighborhood gems like Gatto’s in Clintonville and Rubino’s and Bexley Pizza Plus.

Is Columbus-style pizza a thing? Yes, indeed! Ellison outlines what makes a pizza Columbus-style and where to find some of the best versions in the city. We also discuss the oddities of the Ohio Valley style pizza (not for the crowd that eats pizza for the melty, ooey-gooey cheese) and give honorable mention to a few other nosh-worthy pies in Columbus.

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