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In celebration of National Pizza Month in October, Experience Columbus is launching a Columbus-style pizza trail to help visitors and locals discover pizza that is unique to Columbus.

Columbus-style pizza is defined by its thin crust, edge to edge toppings and smaller, square-shaped slices, specific flavors and recipes vary from shop to shop. The new trail will use free, digital passes to make it easy to explore local restaurants and check in at participating businesses along the way. After four stops, participants will earn a Columbus-Style Pizza Trail T-shirt. Those who sample pizza from every stop within a year, participants will receive a stainless-steel pizza cutter and hot pad. Delivery orders are not eligible for trail participation, only dine in or carry out.

The trail features 18 Columbus restaurants: Antolino’s Pizza, Bexley Pizza Plus, Cardinal Pizza, Donato’s Pizza (downtown/Short North, Dublin, Hillard North, New Albany and OSU campus locations), Gatto’s Pizza, Grandad’s Pizza, Josie’s Pizza Hilltop, JT’s Pizza, Pub & Patio, Panzera’s Pizza, Pasquale’s Pizza & Pasta House, Tammy’s Pizza, TAT Ristorante Di Famiglia and Vick’s Gourmet Pizza.

“We’re thrilled to launch the new Columbus-Style Pizza Trail and showcase our city’s unique and delicious style of pizza,” Michelle Wilson, director of visitor experience at Experience Columbus, said in a news release.

“When you say New York, Chicago and Detroit pizza, many people have an image of what that means. While Columbus-style may be less familiar for some, it’s not new. This thin crust edge-to-edge style has been around for more than 85 years and many local businesses have been perfecting their pies for several generations. The pizzas may look similar in the crusts and cuts, but the flavors are unique to each location, and we’re confident trailgoers will enjoy every bite along the way.”

Visitors are encouraged to share their trail journey using the hashtag, #CbusPizza.

To learn more, visit experiencecolumbus.com/pizzatrail.