It seems like I've been a little down on Cincinnati pizza in my last few reviews. So, now I'll turn to a place that I can give an unqualified positive review: Noce's Pizzeria.
Noce's (No-che's) was founded by several New Yorkers (from Syracuse...) a few years back. They opened their first location on North Bend in Cheviot, next to an old laundrymat in a stripmall. They've since added two more locations in Montgomery and Erlanger. I'm glad to see them succeeding as they serve one of the best pizzas in Cincinnati. I have been several times (go figure...) to Cheviot and the newer Montgomery location, and as a result this is a bit of a composite review.
First the appetizers... It's surprisingly a little tough to find a place that serves good garlic knots in Cincinnati. Noce's in an exception to this. They make a mean knot. For those not in the know, garlic knots are a simple appetizer - pizza dough, garlic, butter, and oregano. Here are some of Noce's Garlic Knots con Marinara:
They are quite good. However, as with any great pizzeria, the reason to visit Noce's is for the pizza. They serve New York style pizza and do so by the slice if you want. As I'm not afraid to look funny snapping photos of food with my iPhone, I've taken shots of several of these pizzas over the last year or so.
Four Cheese (Garlic & oil, mozzarella, ricotta, provolone, romano cheese):
Pepperono and Feta Cheese:
Hot & Spicy (Hot Sausage, Capicola, Jalapeno Peppers, Banana Peppers):
The pizza is cut into the traditional eight slices. There's a good amount of cheese on the pizza. There's not as much sauce as some places. But, it's good sauce - a little sweet and spicy - but those tastes are rather mild. The toppings were all pretty good. ...The feta cheese doesn't have as strong of a taste as you wouldn't get at Dewey's. Overall, the pizzas here work very well. The straight pepperoni was very good. However, I'd say they best I had were the two specialty pizzas: The Hot & Spicy and Four Cheese.
For a desert, the cannoli here is quite good. They serve it topped with chocolate chips and syrup. At $2.99, it's definitely worth a try: