Everyone in all of Walnut Hills was excited when Fireside Pizza, once a foodtruck, opened late last summer. It’s in the oldest firehouse left standing anywhere in Cincinnati – and the building had been vacant, and an eyesore, for 30 years. No wonder there was excitement!
I had noticed, while traveling to and fro, that there was suddenly a parking problem – and that problem was in a section of the neighborhood with a lot of emptiness in it. Then I was heading to a meditation across the street one Friday night in early December, and got the last space in the parking lot – after finding none on the street. This at 6:30 p m.
And then the pizza – it is just great, agrees everyone I’ve talked to. I, however, had not experienced said pizza until Friday night. And I must now agree as well. With the exception of the fact that there is no goat cheese in the entire place, everything is pretty much perfect.
Our pizza was beautiful as well as very hot and tasty. Service was fast. A Bob Seeger album in a holder was our marker for service. There are lots of choices, and being a vegetarian is very easy. The salad was tasty. The iced tea was decidedly not, but I simply got water instead. And it’s mostly community seating, so we were at a table with other folks, who were also having a good time. Plus there were kids running around – which adds to the neighborhood flavor.
This place is a real marker of the neighborhood comeback. Long may it reign!