Cincinnati’s 28 Best Pizza Joints, as Selected by CityBeat Staff and Readers


Ask any person what their favorite food is, and one of the top answers is likely to be “pizza.” Not only because pizza is delicious, but also because it’s ubiquitous in the American diet, has many subsects from which to choose (New York-style, Neapolitan, pizza rolls, etc.) and can please just about every diner from babies to foodies and college bros to paleo people (cauliflower-crust pizzas exist in both your grocer’s freezer and at major pizza chains).

Pizza is a great equalizer. It’s round. It’s shareable. It’s a communal convenience food and one of the first innovative meals to be delivered directly to your home; before DoorDash and Grubhub, there were pizza delivery guys saving dinnertime for busy families and babysitters everywhere.

This Pizza Issue is an ode to the dish as extolled by both CityBeat staffers and readers. In addition to our favorite pizza places — and our favorite dishes to eat there — we have listed the Best Pizza winners from the 2021 Best Of Cincinnati issue as chosen by readers in both “chain” and “non-chain” categories.

So, like pizza itself, this publication is a communal experience. Just don’t try to eat it.