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Marion's Pizza

Marion’s Pizza

It’s with great emotion and excitement I write this review.  Marion’s was the first pizza I ever fell in love with, and as such has a special place in my heart.  It is fascinating to me, reading reviews around the interwebs of Marion’s haters out there.  I “get” that part of my love of this pizza stems from growing up with it, and therefore there is a certain level of “nostalgia” for me and this pizza.  But I seriously don’t get people who don’t like it.  This pizza is amazing.  I finally had the opportunity to visit Ohio after about 7-8 years, and I wondered in my mind if the pizza would be as good as I always imagined or dreamed it would be.

It still had that magic.

Marion's Pizza

Marion’s Pizza

Marion’s is the crown jewel of thin crust pizza.  If you don’t like thin crust pizza, then there is still time to repent and change your ways, if you do like thin crust, then you are correct.  Do you really want to taste all crust and dough when eating a pizza?  No!  You don’t!  The crust is just an element or part of the pizza, it shouldn’t dominate it.  Marion’s has a wonderful, thin and crispy dough crust.  Another thing I love about this pizza is the toppings go way out to the edges.  There is no outer crust on this style of pizza.  You get all cheese and toppings on the entire pizza!  Finally, due to the fact the pizza is thin and full of toppings, they cut the pizza into squares.  Each square is like a little acre of wonderful on this parcel of cheesy awesomeness.

I have a friend who recently said it best of the Centerville, Ohio Marion’s.  He said that piece of land between Marion’s Pizza and Bill’s Donughts might as well be the center of the universe.  I think he is right.

My wife, and children, all picky pizza eaters, absolutely loved Marions.  We had it 3 times in the 3 days I was in Ohio, and still wept tears when I finished the last piece.

If you ever have reason to go to Ohio, then this pizza is a must have.  I have to admit on a number of occasions searching the internet for Marion’s pizza recipes only to fail each time.  I just wish someone would build one in Utah so I can eat myself to death, and die happy.

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11 comments

  1. Got me all excited to give this place a shot, only to realize at the very end it was Centerville, Ohio, not Centerville, Utah. :(

    • Hyrum Romrell /

      Evan – There are 2 daily flights to Ohio from Delta everyday.

  2. Interesting choice. That crust looks like St. Louis style (http://www.cookscountry.com/recipes/St-Louis-Style-Pizza-Recipe-Cook-s-Country/23080/). They sure don’t skimp on the pepperoni!

    • Hyrum Romrell /

      exactly right Adamn. Dayton style patterns the St. Louis style in a lot of ways. flatter crust. toppings all the way out to the edges.

  3. Marion’s is simply the finest pizza on the planet.

    I worked at the Dayton Mall Marion’s as an “oven boy” for 2 years, ate there 5 days a week, and still crave it like nothing else.

    Might be time to buy a plane ticket.

    • Hyrum Romrell /

      Chip – this really is great to hear. I was wondering if I was putting too much sentimental value on it or not, but when my kids immediately loved it after trying it and have asked for it non-stop since, I knew it wasn’t just me!

    • Janice Lane /

      Chip, do you know the recipe? We live on the eastern side of Ohio and buy Marion’s in bulk when we are in the Dayton area. Then, we come home and freeze it. We are down to our last pizza and my hubby is near tears. I’m trying to recreate it at home since they haven’t expanded beyond that corner of the world.

  4. Pat Hennigan /

    Home! Though I now live in Austin, TX, I still miss lots of things about Dayton, not the least of which is Marion’s. Still haven’t found a better tasting pizza.

    • Hyrum Romrell /

      Pat-You speak the truth. For a long time I thought it was just because I grew up with Marion’s, but I’ve had a lot of pizza. You just can’t beat it.

  5. Janice Lane /

    Hyrum, you are so right. I was introduced to Marion’s by my husband who grew up in Centerville. I thought he was surely crazy until I tasted it. There is nothing like it and we too believe that Marion’s and Bill’s are two of the best places on earth. I’m trying to recreate this magic at home and have yet to succeed.

    • Hyrum Romrell /

      Coming back to this post made me really miss Marion’s pizza!

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