Pizzanati: Dewey's

When asking my co-worker at work what the best pizza in Cincinnati was, her response was: Dewey's. This pizza place was founded by Andrew Dewitt with a grand opening in Cincinnati in 1998. They've since expanded outside of Cincinnati with locations in Dayton, St. Louis, Cleveland, and Columbus.  Dewey's features specialty pizza, not your typical pizzeria fare.

There are nine Dewey's locations in Cincinnati, and I think we've only been to the one at Newport on the Levee.  We decided to try one of their newer locations on Harrison Ave. It was pretty crowded for a Thursday night. We had a 20-30 minute wait when we arrived there around 6, 6:30.

They have a surprisingly small dining area. Since this is a newer location, I had thought they would have invested more in providing ample seating. There's a long corridor when you first walk in and it kind of loops around to the hostess station - this is also where you exit, which is a bit of an odd layout. Once you're in the dining area, it has a modern pizzeria feel.

A server came to take our drinks order, then another server almost took our order but we weren't quite ready yet, so another server stopped by a couple minutes later with a trainee in tow to actually take our order. We were a little confused with all the server hopping, but overall, it made for very attentive service. Our first server did a really good job of explaining how things worked, like the specials and the half-and-half pizzas (you can do this with any pizza).
One of the drawbacks of Dewey's is that they don't actually have appetizers. Besides pizza, they also have salads, calzones, and dessert. I guess they're just focusing on what they do best! We ultimately went with a small Killer Veggie, which features Red Sauce, Mozzarella Cheese, Mushrooms, Onions, Black Olives, Green Peppers, with Fresh Tomatoes and Parsley after the bake ($14.95). We also had a small half Edgar Allen Poe, which has Olive Oil, Mozzarella-Fontina Blend, Mushrooms, Roasted Garlic, Kalamata Olives and Goat Cheese, with Fresh Tomatoes and Parsley after the bake and half Create Your Own with Cheese and Mushrooms ($15.95). Our original waiter brought out our food. :P
Overall, our food was tasty. I probably preferred pie #2 the best and regretted getting an entire veggie pizza. I generally like my pizza cheesy and unhealthy. :P They do not skimp on the toppings, let me tell you, so be sure you like what are ordering on your pizza. Oh, and there were huge hunks of garlic on the Poe pizza that were a little intimidating at first but once roasted, it completely transforms the garlic flavor. The cheese covering is adequate - not too much, not too little. Everything is very fresh, and the crust isn't half-bad.

Another employee brought our check, but we were rung up incorrectly. We had come in with a $25 Gift Certificate, but he had inadvertently discounted it by $15.00 instead. Once, we pointed this out, he was apologetic and immediately corrected it.

VERDICT: Dewey's offers some good pizza, but for some reason, it is generally not top of mind for me when I think of getting pizza. Not gonna lie, I almost think of it as healthy pizza. I know that is totally unfair. It is good pizza with fresh ingredients and it's very flavorful.

They are a bit on the pricey side. A small specialty pizza will you run you around $15.00. For comparison, a Medium Build-Your-Own is $13.45 + $1.75 per regular topping/$2.00 per gourmet topping, while at Adriatico's it was $11.49 + $1.50 per topping. It's a couple dollar difference, so not a HUGE deal. But you know what - I don't get a stomachache after eating Dewey's because their pizza isn't anywhere near as greasy, so I guess that could be worth a couple bucks. :P

Overall, I'd say Dewey's is good if you're feeling a lighter, fresh and flavorful pizza option. Francisco ranks it 8/10.


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