07 April 2009

Dewey's Pizza

Grandview is the landing place for Cincinnati uber-pizza chain Dewey's. Dewey's slogan says that they take pizza to the next level. While this might be a bit of an overstatement, Dewey's pizza features non-traditional toppings piled on California-style pies, and the results are as flavorful as they are interesting.

Dewey's specialty pizzas are very vegetarian-friendly. Choices include the Green Lantern (red sauce, mozzarella cheese, goat cheese, garlic, mushrooms and pesto), the Killer Veggie (red sauce, mozzarella cheese, mushrooms, onions, black olives, green peppers, tomatoes and parsley), the Caprice (olive oil, garlic, mozzarella and Fontina cheese, basil and tomatoes), the Billy Goat (olive oil, garlic, mozzarella, goat cheese, mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes, fresh tomatoes and green peppers), the Edgar Allan Poe (olive oil, mozzarella, Fontina and goat cheese, garlic, mushrooms, kalamata olives, fresh parsley and tomatoes) and Socrates' Revenge (olive oil, garlic, mozzarella, feta cheese, spinach, black olives, green olives red onion and tomatoes).

Dewey's menu also offers a few gourmet salads and three-topping calzones. The array of toppings for the pizzas and calzones go from basic (kalamata olives, green peppers, banana peppers) to slightly more adventurous (BBQ sauce, capers, artichokes) to off-the-wall (smoked cheddar, gorgonzola, black bean corn salsa).

I tried the wild mushroom pizza. The pizza crust is medium thick, somewhat chewy and cut into slices. It is somewhere between thin crust and deep dish in thickness. The sauce was an olive oil and garlic base. The toppings were lots of mushrooms (portobello, oyster and shitake), roasted red peppers and capers atop mozzarella and Fontina cheese. The capers and red peppers add a sweetness to the earthy mushrooms. I love real mushrooms, and this pizza features them in spades. I'll have to try something with the red sauce next time.

The interior is modern. There is a bar with a good selection of microbrews that is lined with flat-screen televisions. The staff is friendly. The kitchen is visible through a window in the dining room, where you can watch your pizza being made by hand.

Dewey's is a welcome addition to the Columbus pizza landscape. It's closest competition in the area is Z Pizza in the Short North and the Mellow Mushroom in Polaris. Dewey's was declared the winner of the Columbus Underground Pizza Grand Prix III, so it seems like somebody else in the area thinks Dewey's belongs.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Unless Dewey's uses organic cheese, it isn't vegetarian. Most non-organic cheese is cured in rennin:
rennin, also called Chymosin, protein-digesting enzyme that curdles milk by transforming caseinogen into insoluble casein; it is found only in the fourth stomach of cud-chewing animals, such as cows. Its action extends the period in which milk is retained in the stomach of the young animal. In animals that lack rennin, milk is coagulated by the action of pepsin, as is the case in humans. A commercial form of rennin, rennet, is used in manufacturing cheese and preparing junket.