Marion’s Piazza first opened in Dayton, Ohio over forty-five years ago, and they have since expanded to a total of nine locations. I ate at its newest location in Mason, a northeastern suburb of Cincinnati. Marion’s first restaurant in Dayton served as somewhat of a trailblazer by offering seating for over two hundred people in its dining room at a time when most pizza places only offered carryout, and their restaurant in Mason continues this tradition by having a very large seating capacity. Additionally, the decor fits with Marion’s original goal of bringing an Italian piazza, or courtyard, inside to provide the feel of an outside dining experience throughout all months, no matter the Midwest weather.
The pizza at Marion’s Piazza has a thin crust that is supposedly referred to as “Dayton-Style Pizza.” I really enjoyed this crust as it was crispy but not charred and had just the right amount of cornmeal on the bottom of it. I was also intrigued by their cutting of the pizza into very small, almost bite-sized, squares as this made it very easy to convince myself to just have one more slice on several occasions. Additionally, their pizza has a different texture than most, and I felt as though the sauce, cheese, pepperoni, and sausage on my pizza all melded together to create one singular taste – like a hotdog of pizzas. Overall, I enjoyed the thin, and not too filling, pizza served at Marion’s Piazza, but I can’t say that it offers quite as much flavor as pizza at other restaurants.
What I Ate: Pepperoni and Sausage
6176 Soundwave Blvd.
Mason, OH 45040
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