2727 Fairfield Commons Blvd.
Beavercreek, OH 45431
Almost hidden within the Mall at Fairfield Commons in the east Dayton suburb of Beavercreek, you nonetheless don’t want to miss Spinoza’s Pizza for its great salads and even better pizza pies. The spot has an extensive menu of pies and salads to go along with them, and the sit-down nature of the business makes it an ideal place to bring some friends and enjoy a good pie. The pizzas you will try here are certain to be memorable.
The pizzas are baked in hearth ovens and the result is clear; the crust that has been produced is thin but still crispy and crunchy. It also prevents the toppings from getting burned, the way they would on a conveyor belt. I like the pizzas that I’ve tried here. Among my favorites:
- Chipotle Chicken Ranch pizza: Chipotle pesto, mozzarella, bell peppers, bacon, roasted chicken, tomatoes and a swirl of chipotle ranch to top it all off. Heavy on the chicken, but that ranch does its thing.
- Classic Italian pizza: The simplest pizza is a delight. This one is topped with Italian sausage, Romano cheese, mozzarella, tomato and basil. Simple ingredients, but the addition of garlic gives the pizza a great kick. There isn’t too much of any one ingredient, so you can taste each of the different toppings. A crisp crust in the bottom of the pie is the perfect finishing touch.
- Arizana pizza: This southwest-inspired pie is topped with chorizo sausage, sun-dried tomatoes, toasted red peppers, and served with a spicy tomato sauce and smoked gouda; which gives it this amazing slight heat and smoky flavor to it. Evening that out is a spitz of cilantro and a small dollop ricotta cheese on each bite. Spicy to be sure, but with a very pleasing and flavorful heat.
- Pax Romana Salad: My favorite of the salads, this one is a bed of romaine lettuce that is topped with shaved Parmesan, sun-dried tomatoes and roasted garlic, served with a nice Caesar dressing. That garlic and citrus combination is tops.
- Greek Salad: Olives, garbanzo beans, spicy banana peppers, feta cheese. This salad is loaded with veggies and a very strong host of flavors. Love it for the many different textures and flavors packed in one salad.
- Southwestern Salad: Topped with red onions, bell peppers, black beans, grape tomatoes, smoked Gouda cheese, tortilla strips and chipotle ranch dressing. Very crunchy and smokey for a salad.
The restaurant can take a little bit longer than normal to get orders out, but that’s to be expected with a stone hearth, because there’s only so much room in one. Still I found the wait to be acceptable. The place brings people in quantity on a regular basis, so it can be expected there may be a wait at times. In spite of these demands, the prices at Spinoza’s are extremely reasonable. Comparable to what you would find at any other artisan-style pizza joint. Refreshing to see. All told, I can’t wait to get back to this place.
- The spot is good at two things; pizza and salad. Make a point to get one of both. The gourmet pizzas are amazing, or you can build your own.
- Expect a line if you’re coming at rush time, and the pizzas can take longer than normal to make, owing to the spot cooking them in a hearth. Still good though.
- Love the Arizana pizza, and it’s what I’ll recommend for a first taste.