Editor’s Note: This feature appeared in the June issue of Centerville-Washington Neighbors Magazine, which is mailed monthly to 3,661 homes in Centerville and Washington Township.
By Jeff Louderback
Dayton is known as one of the most competitive pizza towns in America, according to Pizza Today magazine. There is even a Dayton-style pizza—the pies cut into squares popularized by Cassano’s, Marion’s, and Ron’s. Centerville-Washington Township has an array of pizza shops that entice even the most refined palate.
Here are Eight Great Centerville Area Pizza Shops. All of these destinations are open for carry-out, and most have delivery.
Centerville Pizza and BBQ
Centerville Pizza and BBQ is an inviting destination for Benny’s Broaster Chicken, hickory-smoked barbeque, oven-baked subs, calzones, and hoagies. Pizza enthusiasts rave about the vast selections.
The Ultimate BBQ (with homemade BBQ sauce, smoked pulled pork, onion, mild banana peppers, bacon, mozzarella, provolone and cheddar cheese) and The Works (pepperoni, mushrooms, ham, sausage, green peppers, onions, ground beef, black olives and extra cheese) are favorites.
For more information, visit www.mycentervillepizza.com.
Dorothy Lane Market
Properly prepared Naples-style pizza is baked directly on the hearth of an extremely hot oven. Dorothy Lane Market’s “Naples” oven reaches temperatures well over 1,000 degrees in the upper part of the oven, resulting in the undeniable crust of a Naples-style pizza, with its charred exterior and chewy interior. DLM makes the dough from scratch, adds handmade ingredients and bakes the pizza on the hot hearth of its special Naples-style oven.
For more information, visit www.dorothylane.com.
Doubleday’s Monster Pizza
Regarded as the “Cheers of Centerville,” Doubleday’s Grill & Tavern at Cross Pointe Center is a beloved destination for sandwiches, burgers, steaks, salads, and other traditional dinner items. The adjacent Monster Pizza has established its own loyal following.
Frankie’s Favorite (loaded with pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, peppers and onions, and covered with cheese), Son of Frankenstein (covered with pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, black olives and onions, and covered with cheese—recommended on thin crust), and Voodoo Veggie (with homemade white sauce or traditional red sauce; loaded with spinach, tomatoes, mushrooms, onions, peppers and banana peppers, and covered with cheese—recommended on thin crust) are among the vast selection of pies.
For more information, visit www.facebook.com/DoubledaysGrill.
Offering a simple menu featuring homemade Neapolitan and Sicilian-style pizzas, Flying Pizza is another Dayton pizza institution.
The Flying Special (with pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, and sliced meatballs), the Fly’n Hawaiian (ham and pineapple) and the Veggie are popular Neapolitan-style choices.
For more information, visit www.theflyingpizza.com.
You can order a pizza every day of the week at Mack’s Tavern and never get bored. Mack & Cheese Pita Pizza, Twisted Chicken Pot Pie Pizza, Bleu Cheese Pizza, Ham-Bac-Apple, and the Foghorn Leghorn (with buffalo sauce, among other toppings) are among the specialty options. Mack’s, of course, has the traditional pizzas too.
For more information, visit www.mackstavern.com.
Old Scratch Pizza
A newcomer to the Centerville area, Old Scratch Pizza has carved a niche as one of greater Dayton’s most beloved and innovative pizzerias, from its original location in Dayton. Old Scratch serves traditional Neapolitan-style pizza, prepared in 800-degree wood-burning ovens.
Pizza options range from the Angry Beekeeper (tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, basil, spicy salami, house-made hot honey and olive oil) and the Brooklyn (tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, basil, house-made meatballs, and sausage) to white sauce pies like the Brussel Crow (Brussels sprouts, wilted shallot, Taleggio, bacon and apple cider reduction).
For more information, visit www.oldscratchpizza.com.
Owner Heather Zook is a renowned pizza artist. She has a passion for bringing quality gluten-free options to the Centerville community. In her pursuit, she has placed first and second in national pizza competitions, and she is a two-time top 20 honoree in the World Pizza Competition, which is held in Parma, Italy.
For more information, visit www.sinfullygf.com.
Submarine House has a wide assortment of cheesesteaks and grilled subs with homemade bread. For a different take on pizza, Submarine House has three cheesesteak-themed pies, including the Italian Cheesesteak pizza, which features marinara sauce, cheese, grilled steak, pepperoni, onions, mushrooms and hot pepper relish.
For more information, visit www.submarinehouse.com.