Marion's Piazza won most pizza categories in the 2018 Best of Dayton contest.

BEST OF DAYTON: Dayton is famous for its square-cut pizza, and here’s where to get the best square

Dayton is famous for a lot of things. The Wright Brothers and funk music are at the top of the list.

But in the food world, square-cut pizza is another claim to fame.

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These are the top three most popular destinations for square-cut pizza in Dayton, as voted by the public during Dayton.com’s Best of Dayton 2018 contest.

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WINNER: Marion’s Piazza

Marion's Piazza won the "Best Pizza" category for the Best of Dayton 2012. STAFF PHOTO BY LISA POWELL
Photo: Lisa Powell

Marion’s, famous for its square-cut, thin-crust pizza, has been a Dayton pizza institution for more than half a century.

The company was founded in 1965 by Marion Glass, and is run today by second-generation owner Roger Glass.

>> Daytonian of the Week: Roger Glass of Marion’s Piazza

Marion’s Piazza swept three big categories in the Dayton.com Best of 2018 contest, placing first for “Best Pizza Restaurant,” “Best Square-Cut Pizza” and “Best Restaurant to Take an Out-of-Towner.” But Marion’s isn’t just famous in the Gem City. It has gotten plenty of national attention.

“Pizza Today” named Marion’s No. 1 on its “Hot 100” list for the third consecutive year based on the chain’s sales success.

>> Marion’s named ‘No. 1’ on Pizza Today’s ‘Hot 100’ list for third year in a row

It’s been more than 50 years since Dayton fell in love with a thin crust square cut pizza.

What is the secret to Marion’s success?

“The pizza and sandwiches one receives today are the same pizzas and sandwiches one received 53 years ago. In other words, the quality and quantity of our food products have never changed since we opened in 1965,” Roger Glass told us.

>> What to know about Marion’s Piazza’s history

Want to go?

South Piazza, 711 Shroyer Road | 937-293-6991

North Piazza, 3443 N. Dixie Drive | 937-277-6553

Dayton Mall Piazza, 8991 Kingsridge Drive | 937-435-3300

Town & Country Piazza, 50 E. Stroop Road, Kettering | 937-296-1177

Centerville Piazza, 241 N. Main St., Centerville | 937-433-3993

Beavercreek Piazza, 1320 N. Fairfield Road, Beavercreek | 937-429-3393

Englewood Piazza, 404 W. National Road, Englewood | 937-832-0333

Troy Piazza, 1270 Experiment Farm Road, Troy | 937-339-2000

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SECOND PLACE: Joe's Pizzeria

Joe's Pizzeria in Dayton. (Source: Facebook)

Joe’s has been a family-owned and operated business since 1959, serving delicious, no-frills pizza made from scratch with handmade dough, delicious sauce, freshly ground sausage, and shredded cheeses. The Old World curled up pepperoni is a must try.

Want to go?

4313 Airway Road, Dayton | 937-253-8154 | WebsiteFacebook 

THIRD PLACE: Cassano's Pizza King

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Cassano’s is a true Dayton gem. “Vic” Cassano, Sr. and his mother-in-law Caroline “Mom” Dinisi opened their first shop June 4, 1953 in a 20-by-15 foot room in the back of a Kettering grocery store. They sold 400 square-cut, thin-crust pizzas the first day. Today, you’ll find subs, salads, pastas, calzones, and, of course, pizzas at Cassano's, including a monster-sized 30-inch pizza.

>> 5 things to know about Cassano’s pizza

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