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

BEST OF DAYTON: The 3 best pizza places in Dayton 

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When it comes to great pizza in Dayton, there are no shortage of options or places to celebrate pizza in all of its tasty forms

These are the top three most popular destinations for 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

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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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🥈2ND PLACE: Old Scratch Pizza 

Old Scratch Pizza was the 2017 winner in the Best Pizza category of Best of Dayton.

Old Scratch is a relatively new, locally-owned restaurant on the edge of downtown Dayton, with a second location now in the works near Centerville.

>> Old Scratch Pizza to add second restaurant near Centerville

They fired their ovens for the first time in October 2016 and quickly became a fan favorite, winning Best Pizza in the Best of Dayton 2017 poll, and earning second behind a long-time Dayton pizza institution this year.

>>RELATED: Old Scratch Pizza scores national shout-out as ‘Destination’ restaurant

Old Scratch spicy honey pizza stings like an Angry Beekeeper. Video by Amelia Robinson

Their specialty is Neopolitan-style pizza. It has a thin crust and cooks quickly, in about 90 seconds, in 800-degree ovens. The restaurant is unique in that it offers counter service but is not a fast-casual restaurant, with assembly-line service style similar to other fast-bake pizza chains. It also showcases unique flavor combinations. The Angry Beekeeper is one of the most popular (and voted Most Unique Pizza in Best of Dayton 2018). It features Tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, basil, spicy salami, house-made hot honey and olive oil.

>>RELATED: Old Scratch Pizza looks toward opening more Dayton-area restaurants

Eric and Stephanie Soller of Oakwood — the husband-and-wife founders of Old Scratch Pizza who met while both were attending and later graduating from the New England Culinary Institute — created a pizzeria and beer hall that has communal seating and a casual environment. 

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WANT TO GO?

812 S Patterson Blvd., Dayton | (937) 331-5357 | Facebook | Website 

🥉3RD PLACE: Dewey’s Pizza

Dewey's Killer Veggie pizza. CONTRIBUTED/ERIC WAGNER
Photo: Eric Wagner

The Green Lantern. Socrates’ Revenge. Porky Fig.

Dewey’s, with two Dayton-area locations, is famous for its unique flavor combinations, equally unique pizza names and even its salads.

Choose from 11, 13 or 17-inch versions of Dewey's creatively-named specialty pies or just create your own.

You can even watch Dewey’s expert dough-tossers do their thing behind a glass window.

WANT TO GO?

131 Jasper St., Dayton | 937-223-0000  

3600 Rigby Road, Austin Landing, Miamisburg | 937-859-7777 

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🏆 BEST OF DAYTON 2017 BEST PIZZA WINNERS

WINNER: Old Scratch Pizza

2nd Place: Kramer’s

3rd Place: Joe’s Pizzeria

🏆 BEST OF DAYTON 2016 BEST PIZZA WINNERS

WINNER: Marion’s Piazza

2nd Place: Joe’s Pizzeria

3rd Place: Dewey’s Pizza

🏆 BEST OF DAYTON 2015 BEST PIZZA WINNERS

WINNER: Marion’s Piazza

2nd Place: Dewey’s Pizza

3rd Place:   Joe’s Pizzeria

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