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This is definitely one of my favorite venues in Cincinnati. Actually, it's probably one of my favorites anywhere. This gourmet pizzeria has some of the best pizzas and salads of any restaurant I've seen. Their list of pies has amazing combinations (not to mention clever names), such as the Edgar Allen Poe with mozzarella and fontina cheeses, mushrooms, olives, roasted garlic, goat cheese, tomatoes, and parsley. On top of more than a dozen standard pizzas, they also have great "seasonal" selections that change throughout the year.
If you're like me, you always think you can one-up somebody else's recipe by adding or deleting an ingredient, and in this area Dewey's aims to please—and delivers. In addition to have three different sizes of pizzas, they will let you customize a pizza to the extreme—even if it means doing a small pizza with half based on one combination and half based on another. And they've never messed up my order.
On top of terrific pizzas, Dewey's also has some of the best salads in the city. Like their pizzas, they serve their salads in different sizes, with a regular size salad easily feeding 2–3 people. One of our friends even decided to turn a seasonal buffalo chicken pizza into a salad, which turned out to be such a great idea the kitchen staff was debating putting it on the menu! Just more proof of how flexible the menu is, and how accommodating the servers can be.
All in all, the food at Dewey's is terrific, the servers are always friendly and attentive, and atmosphere is contemporary and fun without being too loud. I've been to the three locations above multiple times with a date, small groups (4–6) and big groups (15+)—Dewey's can handle it all. If you've never been to one, make sure you check this place out!
I never miss a chance to go to Dewey’s. It’s one of my favorite places to take people who are visiting from out of town, mostly because it’s a good excuse to go there. My personal favorite is the Edgar Allen Poe, but I haven’t had a bad pizza there.
There are often big groups eating at Dewey’s. The bigger groups tend to get a few big (17 inch) pizzas, and smaller groups and couples get individual (11 inch) or share a medium (13 inch). I think the smaller sizes are better, with a slightly thicker crust and a higher concentration of toppings. Big or small though, the pizzas are amazing. The toppings taste fresh and are combined creatively. They add a seasonal pizza and salad every month or two. When the special switches, I don’t generally miss it, because the new one is just as great!
As you might expect, Dewey’s is not exactly a romantic atmosphere, but it is certainly quieter and more upscale than your typical pizza place. If we have not made it clear enough, Dewey’s is not your typical pizza! It is a chain, but it’s a relatively local chain, and a consistent one. Each different Dewey’s that I’ve visited has been just as great as each of the others. Go with a date, go with a family, go with friends, go with a colleague, but make sure you get to Dewey’s!