Franco’s Pizza Place

College-town Athens, nestled in southeast Ohio, has a lot of pizza to cater to the Ohio University crowd, and each local place offers a little different style. You can enjoy the thick-cut, bready by-the-slice type at Goodfella’s, or a little more quality thick-crush pizza at Courtside Pizza. Or, you can head to Avalanche Pizza for a toppings-loaded monster of a slice. But until recently, the lovely wide-brimmed New York-style pizza remained elusive in this town. That changed last year when a vacated sub shop was replaced by Franco’s Pizza Place, immediately popular for its very foldable slices.

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Geno’s Pizza & Pasta (CLOSED)

Among numerous chains and other food offerings, Geno’s Pizza & Pasta is an Italian option along the Morse Road shopping center serving up pizza and other things. It’s a local option that seems popular with the locals; pictures of a variety of celebrities and elementary school classes alike fill the walls, and this seems like the type of place with plenty of history to it. I’m not convinced, though, that the quality of the food matches the apparent charm of everything else about the place.

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