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A Slice of Columbus Pizza History

with Jim Ellison and Brad Rocco

2021-03-23 19:00:00 2021-03-23 20:30:00 America/New_York A Slice of Columbus Pizza History Enjoy a slice of local history with Jim Ellison, author of Columbus Pizza, and Brad Rocco of Bexley Pizza Plus. Join us on Zoom for tales about pizza shops who have called Bexley and Columbus home. Bexley Public Library

Tuesday, March 23
7:00pm - 8:30pm

Add to Calendar 2021-03-23 19:00:00 2021-03-23 20:30:00 America/New_York A Slice of Columbus Pizza History Enjoy a slice of local history with Jim Ellison, author of Columbus Pizza, and Brad Rocco of Bexley Pizza Plus. Join us on Zoom for tales about pizza shops who have called Bexley and Columbus home. Bexley Public Library

Bexley Public Library

BPL Virtual Programs

Enjoy a slice of local history with Jim Ellison, author of Columbus Pizza, and Brad Rocco of Bexley Pizza Plus. Join us on Zoom for tales about pizza shops who have called Bexley and Columbus home.

Enjoy exploring a slice of local history with Jim Ellison, author of Columbus Pizza, and Brad Rocco of Bexley Pizza Plus.  

Pizza came to Columbus back in the 1930s when TAT Ristorante began serving it. A specific style evolved guided by local pizza pioneers which culminated in Columbus being crowned the pizza capital of the USA in the 1990s. Some Bexley pizza parlors featured include Rubino’s and Bexley Pizza Plus. 

Jim Ellison's first slice of pizza was from Dante's in Clintonville. He was four or five years old. By fourth grade, he was a convert. He fondly recalls Pizza Quick on english muffins and Stouffer's French Bread Pizza in middle school, plus plenty of Franco's, Villa Nova, Pizza House and Iacono's in high school. College introduced him to Flying Pizza and Adriatico's, and eventually postgrad brought Hounddog's. You can follow Ellison's new discoveries and updates on Instagram: @CbusPizzaHistory 

Brad Rocco spent his formative years in the same Bexley house that Bob Greene called home. He started working at Pizza Plus as a delivery driver in 1982 and became a co-owner in 1992. In 2002, Rocco was inspired to elevate his pizza prowess via the Columbus Pizza Challenge (Slice of Columbus today) when he won the First Place Judges Award. In 2003, Rocco and Jack Atlas took their Ultimate Pizza (two types of mushrooms and two types of pepperoni) to what was then called the North American Pizza and Ice Cream Show (NAPICS) Pizza Pizzazz competition in Columbus. He went on to win many other competitions as a member of the US Pizza Team at the 2003 World Pizza Championship in Salsamaggiori, Italy and earned First Place in the Best Traditional Pizza Category/World Champion in 2014! Rocco helped put Columbus pizza on the map while keeping his roots in Bexley.

  

AGE GROUP: | Adults |

EVENT TYPE: | Books, Reading, and Storytelling |

TAGS: | Author talk |

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Bexley Public Library was founded in 1924 and first housed in Bexley High School, now Montrose Elementary School. The present building opened in 1929 and was designed by architects O.C. Miller and R.R. Reeves who drew upon French and Italian architecture from the 17th century for the design.

The library is located at 2411 East Main Street, at the intersection of East Main Street and Cassady Avenue. Parking is available in our parking lot on Euclaire Avenue and in front of the library on Main Street. Main Street is a No Parking Tow Zone from 4:00-6:00 p.m. weekdays.

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