Stuff your face with pizza on this Columbus walking tour


Columbus might not have its own iconic style of pizza like New York or Chicago, but here in the Arch City we do have a plethora of kick-ass local joints. Each has its own take on a classic slice, and they bring different perks to the table, making it impossible to choose just one. That said, if you're up for scarfing carbs and then maybe walking them back off in between stops, there are five great local places within less than two miles of each other along High Street. Make a tour out of it and walk south, hitting up five pizza places in the 43201 ZIP code.

Hungry Howie's (1428 N High St, Columbus, OH 43201)
Ughhhh, fine, it's not Ohio-specific, but there aren't a ton of locations in Columbus and it's really good. Make this one your starting point. Howie's is known for their custom flavored crusts, so go get the butter parmesan if you want to feel terrible about yourself. Grab a Howie Roll on the side for just the right mix of guilt and deliciousness.

Paulie Gee's Short North (1195 N High St, Columbus, OH 43201)
This is the sole location of this great spot, which boasts $10 vegan pizza options, if that's your thing. For dessert, they have the hook up on a rotating selection of cheesecakes from Tina's Yummies Bakery.

Mikey's Late Night Slice (1030 N High St, Columbus, OH 43201)

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Columbus' original street pizza has grown from humble beginnings to an operation with three brick-and-mortar locations and two food trucks. They made the news a few years ago for refusing to serve some homophobes, which is a pretty great reason alone to give them some cash. Gluten-free vegan personal size pies are available.

Donatos Pizza (920 N High St, Columbus, OH 43201)
This regional chain began in Columbus in 1963. Today there are more than 150 restaurants in eight states. They're known for having toppings cover the entirety of their thin-crust pizzas, so if your favorite part of pizza is the outer rim of crust, this might not be your fav. But If you want a thinner pizza that has edge-to-edge cheese, give them a try.

Marcella's (615 N High St, Columbus, OH 43215)

Marcella's, a fancy Cameron Mitchell restaurant, isn't above making a great pizza. They love their Italian food, which they take pride in describing as "simple and uncomplicated." Go classic with a margherita pie, or branch out and try the shrimp and pesto.

Bonus round: If you're a complete heathen and you still somehow want more pizza after those five stops, here's one more. Just south of Marcella's but over on Spruce is Sarefino's Pizzeria & Deli (59 Spruce St, Columbus, OH 43215). It's in a different zip code but its quality is worth the walk.

Meryl Williams is an Ohio-based writer who loves Rilo Kiley and roller derby. Sign up for her awesome TinyLetter.