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Discover the Best Fried Chicken in Cincinnati

Cincinnati gained its nickname ‘Porkopolis’ for having Ohio’s first slaughterhouse and producing salt pork. While pigs no longer roam the city streets like they used to, visitors can still feast on bacon, pork belly and sausage all over town. Many also call this mid-west city The Chili Capital of the World. Imagine mouthwatering meats and award-winning chili recipes complimenting one of Italy's classic dishes: the pizza. The best pizza in Cincinnati has all that to offer and more. But where do the city’s most seasoned diners go? Welcome to the Tastemaker 20. With the help of OpenTable’s extensive network, we’ve gathered data from thousands of eateries around the globe to pinpoint who offers the best dining experiences. Book a table at the best pizza restaurants in Cincinnati before they full up!

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15 Restaurants
Updated January 15, 2020
Restaurants:Via Vite, Forno Osteria & Bar Montgomery, Brio Italian Grille - Liberty Township - Liberty Center
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Italian
Neighborhoods:Central Business District, Montgomery, West Chester
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Via Vite

$$$$
Italian
Central Business District
4.6
4414 reviews
Located on Fountain Square and offering inventive spins on traditional Italian cuisine, Via Vite quickly developed a reputation for having some of the best pizza in Cincinnati. Their Margherita, sausage & onion, calabrese and other pizzas are all made with Caputo Italian flour and San Marzano tomatoes. Guests will also enjoy the lamb shank, Berkshire pork chop and other offerings. Their open kitchen, intricate lighting fixtures, expansive bar and contemporary flair all serve to create a unique dining experience.

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Forno Osteria & Bar Montgomery

$$$$
Italian
Montgomery
4.7
1019 reviews
There are plenty of eateries that offer authentic Italian fare in the city, but Forno Osteria & Bar is one of the few with true Neapolitan style pizza. Even though they're fully cooked in only 90 seconds, they are still easily some of the best pizzas in Cincinnati. Tuscan minestrone, gnocchi, braised short rib and eggplant parmigiana are just a few of the other classics served from the Old Country. The wood-fired stove, cobblestone walls and simple ambiance give off the feel of a true Italian pizzeria.

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Brio Italian Grille - Liberty Township - Liberty Center

$$$$
Italian
West Chester
3.8
1354 reviews
One step inside BRIO Tuscan Grille feels like a portal to an authentic Tuscan ristorante. The overhead drapes, hanging dome lighting, gorgeous foliage and skylight create a high-end experience. Delicious Italian offerings include spaghetti carbonara, stuffed chicken parmigiana and grilled salmon fresca. While they don’t have the typical best pizza in Cincinnati, their flatbreads are quite impressive. Try the chicken pesto and Margherita varieties. The owners here believe that eating well is living well, and they're obviously striving to help patrons live well.

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TRIO

$$$$
Contemporary American
Cincinnati
4.7
4934 reviews
Few eateries have served the city for over 25 years, and even fewer do this while offering the best pizza in Cincinnati. TRIO manages to pull this off. Their extensive wine list includes many of the best offerings from the West Coast, and this goes perfectly with their California style pizzas. They also provide other delicious offerings like truffled potato ravioli, TRIO Meatloaf, Florida grouper and the goat cheese burgers. The exposed brick, warm fireplace, deco artwork and indoor foliage combine to create a relaxing ambiance for all guests.

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Brown Dog Cafe

$$$$
Contemporary American
Blue Ash
4.5
2788 reviews
Patrons approaching the Brown Dog Café might think they took a wrong turn and went to the airport. That's because it's located in the former Blue Ash Airport. A beautiful tower can still be seen from the dining room, but most guests spend their time admiring the contemporary lighting, great local art (which is for sale) and massive selection of wine lining the walls. Their offerings of the best pizza in Cincinnati are cooked in a brick oven. Choose from the Flying Hawaiian, Sweet Dreams, Mediterranean, Margherita or guests can build their own!

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BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse - Tri-County Mall

$$$$
American
Springdale
4.1
128 reviews
The massive four-panel big screen television behind the bar at BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse serves as a magnificent centerpiece thanks to its wooden mantel surrounding. The unique rectangular hanging lamps and modern artworks also serve to create a perfect overall atmosphere. In the food department, they take Chicago deep dish and combine it with a Southern California twist to create some of the best pizza in Cincinnati. They also offer premium wings, delicious flatbreads, baby back ribs and a variety of other options that make it obvious why they’ve served the area since 1978.

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Bravo Italian Kitchen - West Chester

$$$$
Italian
West Chester
4.4
998 reviews
The intricate stone vases, columned Romanesque entryway, beautiful foliage and hearth oven all create a feeling of being in the Old Country at BRAVO Cucina Italiana. The West Chester location is right next to the AMC theater, so it's easy to grab a bite to eat before or after the feature presentation. In addition to sausage tortelloni, primavera alfredo, grilled pork chops and other Italian favorites, they also offer some of the best pizza in Cincinnati. These are Neapolitan style and guests can choose between five different options – including a vegetarian offering!

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Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant - Cincinnati

$$$$
Contemporary American
Cincinnati
4.7
6721 reviews
Contemporary American fare with international twists is what's offered up at Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant. As their name suggests, they're also pretty focused on wine. That's why every menu item features a bin number to help with pairing. Although their offering of best pizza in Cincinnati isn't traditional – instead focusing on flatbreads – it’s still exciting to enjoy these with a perfect glass of wine. The wall of wine behind the bar and around the eatery is imposing, but this doesn’t take away from the relaxing vibe created by the minimalist décor.

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Buca di Beppo - Cincinnati

$$$$
Italian
Norwood
4.5
1263 reviews
There are many reasons Buca di Beppo has become such a popular eatery across the country, and one of these reasons is certainly the authentic Italian fare offered up. Fried calamari, chicken marsala, lasagna and stuffed pasta are just the beginning. Their menu options – including some of the best pizza in Cincinnati – are served up family style. Eclectic and diverse décor cover the walls and ceilings. Sculptures, paintings, intricate designs and a festive vibe all contribute to the eatery’s overall warm feeling.

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Rusty Bucket - Liberty Center

$$$$
American
Cincinnati
4.6
212 reviews
The exposed brick, visible overhead ductwork, soft bar lighting and strategically-placed big screen televisions make Rusty Bucket the quintessential tavern experience. Like any good tavern in this country, they serve up classic American fare that includes beer cheeseburgers, fish 'n chips, meatloaf, Baja tacos and several of the best pizzas in Cincinnati. The Big Sicilian provides a taste of real Italy, but there are several other options available as well. Yes – even for guests who want to build their own!

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Ferrari's Little Italy

$$$$
Italian
Madeira
4.3
1514 reviews
It's difficult for an eatery to stick around for over two decades, but Ferrari's Little Italy has accomplished this by offering authentic Italian fare from both the Northern and Southern regions. The portions are large so guests can enjoy family-style dining. Favorites include the warmed ricotta, meatball minis, linguini carbonara and multiple brick oven pizzas. The gorgeous stone lighted waterfall and Italian mural outside create a relaxing ambiance – as does the true-to-form Old Country décor inside. After enjoying some of the best pizza in Cincinnati, guests can check out the on-premise Italian grocery store!

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Forno Osteria & Bar, Hyde Park

$$$$
Italian
Hyde Park
4.8
1618 reviews
For those who think a wood-fire oven is the only way to make the best pizza in Cincinnati, Forno Osteria & Bar should not be missed. Their Napoli and Margherita offerings are delectable, but even the basic marinara version is a treat for the senses. The Tuscan minestrone is a great way to start out, and for those who have had their fill of pizza, the braised short rib, Atlantic cod and locally raised pork chop Milanese are something special. All this – along with a massive wine offering – is enjoyed surrounded by minimalist décor with a hint of industrial rustic that creates a cozy setting.

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The Quarter Bistro

$$$$
Contemporary American
Mariemont
4.8
1817 reviews
Located only minutes from the Downtown area, Quarter Bistro is just a short drive for an unforgettable experience. The combination of romantic lighting, beautiful paintings, unique ceiling décor and red color everywhere creates a sophisticated ambiance that’s perfect for date nights or business meetings. Their offerings for the best pizza in Cincinnati are minimal – they only offer the single Classic Pizza – but their Quarter Flatbread is also delicious. Toss in some tacos, short ribs, New Zealand lamb racks and Key Lime Tart for dessert, and this menu has a little something for everyone.

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20 Brix

$$$$
Contemporary American
Milford
4.6
2359 reviews
Combine a wine retail store, restaurant and wine bar, and what comes out is 20 Brix. This family-owned eatery has managed to accrue both local and national accolades over the years, and this is in part thanks to some of the best pizza in Cincinnati. Their Popular Flatbread Pizza lives up to its name, and guests also have the option of pulled chicken sandwiches, crab cake sliders, fried chicken and the 20 Brix Burger. The simple art, potted foliage, fine linen tablecloths and distinctly Italian décor combine to create an experience that guests simply have to repeat.

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Andy's Mediterranean Grille - Cincinnati

$$$$
Mediterranean
Cincinnati
4.7
312 reviews
Lovers of Greek, Lebanese and Mediterranean foods will all find something to love at Andy's Mediterranean Grille. The lamb shank, chicken shish tawook and shish kabob have all garnered awards for the eatery. It also cannot be overlooked that shawarma and tawook can be added to any of their offerings of the best pizza in Cincinnati. The massive overhead map from antiquity, distressed walls and vintage artwork create a flashback to the time before the New World, and those who want to relax even further will love the hookah bar.

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