Homemade meatballs, ham smothered in sweet-barbecue sauce, and melted cheeses cover pizza crusts and fill the space inside hoagie rolls at Fatty Patty’s Pizza, named one of Cincinnati's 50 Best Pizza Places of 2012 by Cincinnati Magazine. Diners can build their own pies from the ground up or place their trust in Fatty Patty's capable hands by ordering pizzas off the menu, such as the pizza bianca topped with fresh garlic, ricotta cheese, and tomatoes or the buffalo-chicken pizza with hot sauce, jalapeños, and grilled chicken. The kitchen stays open until 3 a.m. on weekends, and a staff of delivery drivers is on hand for whenever people get a craving for steak or chicken hoagies at home or while stuck in line at the DMV.
Back in the 1950s, the founder of Angilo’s Pizza, Al Jones, used the skills he cultivated while working in a bakery to create his very own recipe for pizza crust and hoagie buns. Today, whether in Ohio, Kentucky, or Indiana, each and every family owned and operated Angilo’s location carries on Al's legacy by using those very same recipes with reasonable prices. The chefs sustaining that tradition hand toss the dough for their large- and medium-sized pizzas before layering them with a bevy of fresh cheese and toppings and Al’s homemade secret sauce—for which CIA agents don't even have clearance. They use fresh-baked hoagie rolls to stuff turkey, ham, beef, and cheese on their special double-decker sandwiches, of which there are 15. Because each Angilo’s Pizza location is individually owned, proprietors might also add in a few of their own specialties to the menu, such as Cincinnati-style chili or buffalo-chicken sandwiches.
Tusculum Grille was named one of Cincinnati's top 20 pizza places by WCPO. The crust on the eatery's signature pies is just like the ice under a misbehaving child or penguin in danger: thin. Its Italian-style specialty pizzas range from a meaty buffalo-chicken edition to the veggie version that's one-upped by a vegan veggie version. Salads and sandwiches accompany the pizza offerings.
Aromas of roasting pine nuts, pesto sauces, and baking lasagna fill the air as chefs at Ferrari’s Little Italy and Bakery craft traditional Italian fare according to the owners' family recipes. They sprinkle the signature insalata Ferrari with cranberries, pine nuts, and gorgonzola cheese and top the pollo basilico's roasted chicken with rigatoni, sun-dried tomatoes, and pesto cream sauce. Additionally, a pair of bakers slides around 150 loaves of fresh focaccia bread into their ovens each day, yielding slices topped with three colors of bell peppers, spinach, and gorgonzola cheese. These appear in glass bakery cases alongside pastries and artisan gelato from local dessert makers Madisono’s Gelato and Sorbet.
Inside Ferrari's multiple dining areas, gas fireplaces flicker among exposed-brick walls, and family photos help create a homey feel. On the outdoor patio, fragrant wisteria vines climb a wooden pergola, and a picturesque fountain quietly babbles recommendations from the wine list.
Conceptualized by Chef Joshua Steven Campbell, a Cincinnati native, Mayberry and World Food Bar bring creative tastes to the community without ever pressuring the community to adopt creative eating techniques in return—traditional methods such as teeth and forks are acceptable. Mayberry's modest, warm atmosphere invites patrons to feast on fancified versions of classic comfort food such as the Sloppy Josh sandwich (slow-cooked beef with rosemary and spicy mustard, $7) for lunch, paired with a tater-tot casserole ($3). Transitioning palates to dinner hour are elegant small plates such as pepper-bacon-wrapped pork medallions sweetly accompanied by barbecue chickpeas and goat cheese ($10) and the restaurant's herbed flatbread with guava, kalamata olives, and feta cheese, which can be made with lamb or with minted tofu for vegetarians ($10).
The menu at ZZ’s Pizza Company overflows with gourmet pizza, soups, pasta, and other hearty comestibles. Find peace for a grumbling, disgruntled stomach by picking through a wedge salad’s iceberg lettuce, sliced roma tomatoes, and crisp bacon topped with house parmesan dressing and gorgonzola cheese ($4.50 for a side, $6.50 for an entree). A dish of lasagna ($12) or a homemade meatball hoagie ($9) with onions, peppers, tomato sauce, and provolone will help ward off unruly appetites and down-on-their-luck comic-strip cats. Elsewhere on the menu, pizzas abound—choose your size and cover it with the perfect assortment of regular and gourmet toppings ($7–$12, plus toppings). Select one of ZZ’s recipes, such as an 8-inch four-cheese pizza ($9) crowned with smoked gouda, mozzarella, gruyere swiss, and romano cheeses. Or opt for the delicious seafood pizza, a deep-sea-caught specialty that features lobster, shrimp, and crab meat ($11.50 for an 8-inch edition).