Pizza in Uptown Westerville
We are fortunate to have two incredible pizza places in Uptown Westerville.
DiCarlo’s Famous Pizza
The first is a hall of famer and as historic as pizza can get in Ohio but is new to Uptown: DiCarlo’s Famous Pizza. Founded in 1945, DiCarlo’s is the first pizza shop to get a license in the state of Ohio. Located at 20 South State Street, a building which coincidentally was erected the same year DiCarlo’s was founded.
DiCarlo’s pizza is double baked to give it a unique steamed taste. Provolone cheese goes on at the end, so it’s cold. DiCarlo’s taste profile is hot, crunchy pizza with cold toppings. If melted cheese is mandatory for your taste buds, DiCarlo’s pepperoni rolls are a must-have.
Westerville resident and franchisee Mike Carlson chose where he lives, specifically Uptown, for the latest location for the family’s venture. “We wanted to bring our favorite pizza to town, so that we could have it more frequently, but also share the pizza I love so much with the people who live here and have it become a local favorite, like I grew up on,” he said.
This is the third central Ohio location, of which all are run by the original or extended family. The Uptown location will have an event room called The Ria Room, a play on pizzeria, and a brick patio with outdoor seating within the DORA boundaries.
“Our family of six loves everything about Westerville,” Carlson added. “We plan to be very involved in the community supporting and giving back!”
DiCarlo’s can be found on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Established in 2019, Cardinal Pizza was the first pizza shop on the Uptown scene and quickly became a Westerville favorite. Owner Bob Williamson was born and raised in Westerville and has maintained a strong presence in the community, including serving on the Board of Directors for Uptown Westerville Inc., and Cardinal Pizza sponsoring athletics at Otterbein University.
Nearly all of Cardinal Pizza’s menu is from scratch, made fresh daily. Serving both “Columbus” and “New York” style pizza, their menu also includes wings, salads, subs, appetizers, and a full bar - all of which can be delivered to local residences.
“I knew I wanted to be a chef since I was 11 years old,” Williamson shared. “Since then I knew I would have a restaurant in Uptown. After spending 20 years working in fine dining, both locally and across the country, the time was finally right. Now I get to feed my neighborhood while spending time with community members and getting to know them even better. It is truly a dream come true.”
Located at 10 E. Main Street, Williamson describes his business as “local, driven and engaged.”
“Westerville has changed a lot in my time, but one thing that has not changed is the vibe. Westerville is always welcoming, proud of its history and growing in better ways. Westerville is the type of community that has everything a person needs." Williamson added.
Cardinal Pizza can be found on Facebook and Instagram.