Last week, we asked our Facebook followers for their top pizza recommendations. Cheshire Market was one of the most frequently mentioned places, so we decided to check it out for ourselves and share our experience.
Located at the corner of Africa Road and Cheshire Road, just east of Alum Creek State Park, Cheshire Market is a casual establishment with a separate dining room inside of a convenience store/bait shop. The decor is fairly simple, with a few large televisions, beer signs, and beer mirrors adorning the walls. Despite the bait shop component, the atmosphere is welcoming and comfortable, making it a great place to grab a slice of pizza or a quick bite to eat.
I visited Cheshire Market on New Year’s Day with my three-year-old son. Upon arrival, we were greeted by a friendly employee who apologized for being the only one working in the dining room at the time. Despite the warning, our service was excellent and we had a great experience. My son was particularly entertained by the various decorations in the restaurant, including a “Bear Crossing” sign that matched the bears on his outfit.
There’s a small bar in the dining room, featuring a selection of bottled beer.
Cheshire Market offers a diverse menu with a range of appetizers such as bread sticks, potato skins, chicken wings, and chicken tenders. In addition to these options, there are salads and subs available. The pizzas at Cheshire Market come in three sizes: a small 10-inch, a medium 12-inch, and a large 14-inch. In addition to the standard toppings, there are three specialty pizzas to choose from: BBQ chicken, “The Italian,” and buffalo chicken. For those who prefer a little extra flavor, there are three sauce options available: spicy, mild, and mixed.
The menu also features a Tuesday spaghetti night, offering spaghetti & meatballs, tossed salad, and garlic bread for $11.50 ($5.50 for kids), an all-you-can-eat pizza buffet night on Thursdays, and a lunch buffet on Tuesday/Thursday.
Overall, the menu at Cheshire Market provides plenty of options to choose from.
We decided to order a medium sausage and pepperoni pizza, which arrived at our table piping hot after only about 10 minutes. The sausage seemed to be freshly crumbled and the pepperonis formed little cups on top of the pie, just as we like. The pizza was cut into party-style slices, a common feature of Columbus-style pizza. The cheese was well-melted and the crust was perfectly cooked on the bottom. There was a good balance between the amount of cheese and the amount of sauce.
Overall, we were very satisfied with our pizza and thought it was delicious. I gave my son one square of pizza at a time, and he kept asking for more.
Overall, we had an excellent experience at Cheshire Market and would not hesitate to visit again, especially after a day at nearby Alum Creek State Park. My son, who is three years old, gave it two thumbs up, which is always a good sign! We highly recommend Cheshire Market for its delicious pizzas, friendly service, and casual atmosphere.