Apr 15, 2024 - Food and Drink

Proper pizza at Paulie Gee's

six slice Detroit-style deep dish pizza

The Cheese Square. Photo: Lindsey Erdody/Axios

What does Columbus have in common with Chicago and Brooklyn?

  • Pizza, apparently.

The big picture: Paulie Gee's, a small chain that started in Brooklyn, also has wood-fired pizza shops in Chicago, Baltimore and Columbus, plus "slice shops" in Chicago and Philadelphia.

What to try: Any of the Detroit-style options, but arrive early. Our waiter mentioned it's not uncommon for them to run out of that dough on busy nights.

  • The wood-fired options we tried — the Donna with aged and fresh mozzarella, garlic, basil, ezzo pepperoni, goat cheese, black pepper and hot honey ($20) and the In Ricotta Da Vegan with Italian tomatoes, vegan sausage, arugula, cashew ricotta, extra virgin olive oil and Maldon ($18) — were solid, but couldn't compete with the Detroit-style.
pizza with arugula on top
The In Ricotta Da Vegan is one of five vegan pizza options. Photo: Lindsey Erdody/Axios

Best bites: The Cheese Square, featuring a cheddar edge, mozzarella, Italian tomatoes, basil, Parmigiano-Reggiano and hot honey ($24). The dough was thick, fluffy and just the right amount of crispy.

  • Plus, the sauce had great flavor and there was the perfect amount of shaved parmesan cheese on top.
  • We got the hot honey on the side, but it was also a hit.

Pro tip: Depending on how hungry you are, a pizza feeds one to two people. Between my group of four, we tried three pizzas and had a couple slices left over.

If you go: Paulie Gee's Short North, 1195 N. High St., is open 5-10pm Tuesday-Thursday, 4-10pm Friday-Saturday and 4-9pm Sunday.

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