Top Five Pizza Places in Columbus, OH

Although there is not a style of pizza named after the city of Columbus, Ohio, the pizza places in the city are well-known for their creative specialty pizzas, such as a Berliner pizza with sauerkraut and kielbasa and a Funky Funghi pizza with assorted mushrooms and truffle oil. But for those who want to stick to more traditional pizzas, Columbus is also known for New York-style and authentic Italian pizzas. For the most part, the best pizza places in Columbus are small, family-owned, cash-only locations. Several of the best pizza places in the city have an ambience as unique as the pizza they serve, with one restaurant being located in a room next to a convenience store and another restaurant featuring live musical performances. Overall, pizza lovers of all kinds have no shortage of pizza places to choose from in Columbus, but the following list contains the absolute best of the best pizza places in the city.

Harvest Pizzeria
In the Best of Columbus 2015 Reader's Poll, Harvest Pizzeria was selected as the best place to get gourmet pizza in the city. Harvest Pizzeria is considered to be one of the best pizza places in Columbus due to its use of local ingredients in its recipes. Even the wood used in the restaurant's wood and gas hybrid oven is brought in from local sources. Beyond its use of local ingredients, Harvest Pizzeria is known for making high-quality, Italian-style pizzas with perfectly charred, crispy crusts. The restaurant makes several specialty pizzas, including the Ohio Double Bacon, which has bacon, mozzarella cheese, roasted red pepper, Aleppo pepper, and oregano. In addition to its specialty pizzas, Harvest Pizzeria also allows customers to customize their own pizza by selecting from a variety of sauces, cheeses, and toppings. As one of the consistently highest-rated pizza places in the city, Harvest Pizzeria is a must-try for any pizza lover visiting or living in Columbus.

Bono Pizza
Located in a room next to a convenience store, at first glance Bono Pizza may not look like it is one of the best pizza places in Columbus. But visitors shouldn't let appearances fool them; the wood fire pizzas at Bono's are some of the best specialty pizzas in the city. The pizzas have unique names that are quite fitting, considering that many of them have equally unique toppings. One such pizza is called the Hulk, which is made with pesto, mozzarella and every other green thing that the restaurant has. Another one of the notable specialty pizzas is the Barry White, which is made with extra virgin olive oil, parmesan, mozzarella, and any other white thing the restaurant can find, including "onions, mushrooms, scraps of paper, whatever." This cash-only restaurant is also run by someone with a sense of humor, and customers can get a night's worth of entertainment just from reading the menu. Needless to say, for those who want a truly unique pizza experience in Columbus, Bono's is the place to go.

Borgata Pizza Café
In July 2015, Pixte chose the Borgata Pizza Café as the best pizza place in not just Columbus, but the entire state of Ohio. This family-owned business dedicates itself to serving high-quality, homemade, New York-style pizzas. For this reason, the Borgata Pizza Café has fewer specialty pizzas than other Columbus area pizza places, but there are some specialty pizzas on the menu, such as the Philly Steak and Cheese Pizza, which is a white pizza with steak, mushrooms, and onions. But the restaurant is probably best known for its New York-style pizzas, which have thick, crunchy crusts. Customers can also customize their New York-style pizzas by choosing from a variety of toppings such as green olives, meatballs, and roasted garlic. For those who want to enjoy some of the best New York-style pizza in Columbus, the Borgata Pizza Café is exactly the place.

Mikey's Late Night Slice
Selected in the Best of Columbus 2015 Reader's Poll as the best traditional pizza place in Columbus, Mikey's Late Night Slice only has four pizzas that are permanently on its menu, including cheese, pepperoni, spicy pepperoni, and mushroom. In addition, Mikey's will also make a vegan pizza with vegan cheese and basil for customers who don't want a regular cheese pizza. Although Mikey's is not known as a specialty pizza place, the restaurant does feature a different type of pizza each week, such as the Chicky Chicky Parm Parm, which has Italian breaded chicken, basil, tomatoes, and parmesan cheese. One of two things that makes Mikey's stand out from other Columbus area pizza places is that customers can order an entire pizza or order by the slice. Another aspect of Mikey's that makes it unique from other pizza places is that it is open until 3 a.m. Sunday-Thursday and until 4 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. With multiple locations throughout Columbus, Mikey's Late Night Slice is readily available to provide people with incredible pizza, even in the wee hours of the morning.

Natalie's Coal-Fired Pizza
While many pizza places cook their pizza in a wood stove, Natalie's Coal-Fired Pizza makes each one of its New York-style pizzas in a high temperature, coal-fired oven. As a result, Natalie's is known for its charred-edge pizzas, which are also loaded with an assortment of the best local vegetables and imported Italian cheeses. Visitors to Natalie's have the ability to create their own pizza, and can choose their own sauce and toppings, such as sautéed spinach, jalapenos, and Italian sausage. Natalie's also has a variety of specialty pizzas, such as the Aurora Borealis, a pizza made with a white sauce and topped with smoked bacon, asparagus, welsh cheddar, mozzarella, and hot pepper flakes. Besides serving some of the best pizzas in Columbus, Natalie's also has an atmosphere like no other pizza place in the city. The restaurant has a stage inside where live performances by local and regional groups are held on a regular basis. For those who want an all-around inclusive and entertaining pizza experience in Columbus, there is no better place than Natalie's Coal-Fired Pizza.

Miranda Roehler grew up in Northwest Ohio. She studied Creative Writing and History at The University of Findlay and has been published in multiple international journals.