Pizza has always been a matter of personal preference. Some like it thin and crispy, others prefer it more on the doughy side. Once you find your favorite place, it seems no other can compare. I guess I’m a bit of an outlier. My husband and I like all different types, so our pizza mood helps us decide which our favorites to visit.
*Where there is pizza, there ‘s usually beer, and the best pizzeria’s around Dayton do not disappoint. Most places come with a selection of great craft brews. However, since beer is really NOT my thing, I am in no way qualified to make the distinction, so I’ll leave that for you to discover yourself. Happy hunting!
Fairfield Commons – Please don’t let their location inside the mall fool you! Spinoza’s is a local joint with a very unique menu. We like to go there when we’re in the mood for calzone’s and usually start off with their Pax Romana salad (but try the Drunken Goat!). While you can have any style of traditional pie made, they have a wide variety of more eclectic combinations (Gorgonzilla). Still have room for dessert?… there’s always the homemade ice cream!
The Greene – This one is a little less local with locations in six states, but still one of our favorites. We have an unhealthy addiction to pesto in our house, so if you’re anything like us, try their pesto pizza! Again, we like to start off with a salad, but I’ll warn you… get the small! We ordered a large to split the first time, and we had enough to feed a small army. 😉
Multiple locations – This is a Dayton classic! If you’re looking for a thin crust pizza with toppings edge-to-edge (and cut into little squares), Marion’s is the place for you! I’ve been here for many a work lunch and always enjoy the special: half a small pizza and salad. It’s also a popular choice for parties with space for an open-air Italian piazza feel.
I have a goal to eat my way around Dayton, and in terms of Pizza, these are next on the list…
Patterson Blvd, Dayton – This is the first up on my list to try. Located near UD, Old Scratch serves Neapolitan-style pizza baked in a wood-burning pizza oven. Their Angry-Beekeeper pizza is what caught my eye, quickly followed by Brussel Crow. They provide walk-in service only, and while you can order ahead online or on their mobile app, they do not accept call-in pick up orders.
Oregon District, Dayton – This lively joint offers more than just pizza and social atmosphere. Established in 1976, they’ve been serving pizza to the locals for quite some time. They host live music and have an outdoor patio on the second floor.
Wayne Ave, Dayton – One of my former co-workers was a huge fan of Dayton’s Original Pizza Factory. Any time the office ordered pizza his first response was always “Pizza Factory?!?!” I’ve not had the pleasure just yet, but I’m looking forward to it.
Wayne Ave, Dayton – SPT offers a mix of good food, craft beers and live entertainment. They have daily offerings of entertainment, including Open Mic Wednesdays. Their menu includes more than just pizza, with various appetizers, subs, wraps, wings and more.
With so many great options, someone is bound to get missed. What’s your favorite spot for a slice? Let me know in the comments below!