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.
The chefs at Mt. Adams Pizza are more than happy to let you create your own pizza from their collection of more than 30 toppings—including buffalo chicken, gyro meat, vegan sausage, and roasted red peppers. But they’ve also engineered a selection of specialty pizzas, including the white Diablo Chicken pizza, which they load up with buffalo chicken, blue cheese, and jalapeño peppers. They can craft gluten-free pizzas smothered in vegan cheese, as well as vegetarian-friendly pizzas. Gyros, calzones, and Italian-inspired hoagies round out the menu. The chefs keep cooking until 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, when college students are most in need of a study break.
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.
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).
Hyde Park Pizzaria specializes in NY-style pies, baked to crispy, thin-crust perfection in brick ovens. Chefs produce fresh, homemade dough daily for their pizzas and top them with the freshest ingredients, including tomatoes so alive they frequently escape from the store and hurl themselves at unfortunate actors. Pizzas range from $6 for a small plain (9”) to $11 for a large plain (15”). You can also order up the brood-pleasing plain family size (14”x18”) for $14. All your favorite toppings, from pepperoni to jalapeno peppers, are available for extra. Specialty pies range from $8.50 for a small to $16.50 for a large, or $19.75 for family size. The Meat Supreme comes loaded with the fruit of the beasts: tons of pepperoni, sausage, ham, bacon, and extra cheese. You can order up a rival pizza with the Veggie Supreme, holding mushrooms, onions, green peppers, tomatoes, green olives, and extra cheese. The Meatball comes with homemade meatballs, and the Deluxe Seven features a most-wanted combo of pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, onions, green peppers, bacon, and extra cheese. It is certifiably the most delicious number-based food, except possibly algebra flash cards dipped in marinara.
Mac's Pizza Pub supplies mozzarella monomaniacs with scrumptious pizzas and booze enthusiasts with a pirate's treasure cove of cold beers. Voyage into spicy-hot lands by ordering the Mac-Attack pizza, a pie of hot ground beef, jalapeños, double pepperoni, and cheese ($13.79 for 12-inch). Or, create your own cheese circle by artistically arranging toppings of your choice in the shape of a dinosaur or crossing guard. Mac's pours frothy mugs of Bar Harbor's Blueberry Ale and locally brewed Mt. Carmel Nut Brown Ale from the tap, and the extensive beer list boasts a solid selection of bottled brewskies.