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Each week, the guys and I visit a local pizza joint. Our mission: to find the best pie in Columbus. If you have any suggestions, please let us know!
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Here are our rankings so far:
Harvest Pizzeria in Columbus: 26.5/30.
Pasquale's in Westerville: 25.5/30.
Little Sicily's in Brice: 25.0/30.
Bridge Street in Dublin: 25.0/30.
Late Night Slice in Clintonville: 25.0/30.
Anthony's in Bexley: 25.0/30.
Vick's Pizza in Reynoldsburg: 24.0/30.
Capuano's in Pataskala: 24.0/30.
Pizza Cottage in Buckeye Lake: 23.5/30.
Adriatico's in Columbus (OSU): 23.5/30.
Dewey's in Grandview: 23.5/30.
Carsonie's in Upper Arlington: 23.5/30.
Bruno's in Columbus: 23.5/30.
Tristano's in Grove City: 23.0/30.
Taranto's in Pickerington: 23/0/30.
Joseppi's in Columbus (West Broad): 23.0/30.
Little Italy's in Groveport: 22.5/30.
Big Cheese Pizzeria in Blacklick: 22.5/30.
Iacono's in Hilliard: 22.0/30.
Yellow Brick in Columbus: 21.5/30.
Tammy's in Grove City: 21.5/30.
Payne's in Delaware: 21.5/30.
Pizzeria NY in Pickerington: 21.5/30.
Plank's on Parsons Ave: 21.5/30.
Romeo's in Reynoldsburg: 21.0/30.
Bellacino's in New Albany: 21.0/30.
Tommy's in Upper Arlington: 20.5/30.
Antonio's in Westerville: 20.5/30.
Pizza House in Worthington: 20.5/30.
Brooklyn Pizza in Powell: 20.5/30.
Kingy's Pizza in Canal Winchester: 20.0/30.
Eagle's in New Albany: 20.0/30.
Flyer's Pizza in Groveport: 20.0/30.
Possum Holler in Obetz: 19.5/30.
Emelio's Pizza in Columbus: 16.5/30.
Houndogs in Clintonville: 15.5/30.
Big Cheese Pizzeria: 6755 Taylor Road, Blacklick, OH 43004.
Paul suggested we head out east to check out a small place that he enjoys. This week, it's Big Cheese Pizzeria in Blacklick. This is fairly close to south-ish New Albany and is easy to miss (there is no sign on the road). This place quietly screams "no nonsense." The guys and I really liked the atmosphere as it was mellow and slightly unfinished. The waitress - whatever her name is - was funny as heck and made us feel really welcome.
We can't remember what his name was, either. But the dude who was making the pizza was pretty crusty. Somebody asked him: "So hey Bo, what's up?" He replied: "Everything, damn it."
Now, on to the pizza: we ordered a large pepperoni / Hawaiian and a large "All the Way." The pepperoni was a bit off. It wasn't bad by any stretch, it's just that the crust was very thin and lacked some nice flake. We can't really diss the Haiwaiin pizza because we had them make it up. But, the real star at Big Cheese Pizzeria is the "All The Way." This was piled with just the right amount of toppings and they were fresh, too. This pie was a delightful concert of flavor in the amphitheater of my mouth.
Click play below and hear our thoughts on Big Cheese!
Overall, here's our numbers on Big Cheese:
Atmosphere (out of 5): 4.0 (unfinished, but that was a plus - unique).
Price (out of 5): 3.5 (little over $10 a guy).
Location (out of 5): 3.5 (kinda out of the way, hard to find).
Service (out of 5): 4.5 (top-notch, near-perfect, funny).
Taste (out of 10): 7.0 (the "All The Way" is the pizza to get here).
BOTTOM LINE: A well-deserved 22.5 / 30.0 for Big Cheese Pizzeria. The atmosphere was unique and really down to earth. Price was close to what we normally pay (around $10 a guy). The location was a little frustrating as there is no signage on the road. Service was funny. Waitress was joking with us! Made us laugh out loud several times! Taste was pretty good - it was a little above average. But, Paul made the case that it was an off night. We are more than willing to give them that. The "All the Way" is the pie to get here.