Since 1963, Donato's famous golden crust and aged provolone cheese has been tantalizing taste buds all over the great state of Ohio and beyond.

Multiple locations, donatos.com

It all started with an Ohio State undergrad, $1,300 and a serious hankering for good pizza. Since 1963, Donato's famous golden crust and aged provolone cheese has been tantalizing taste buds all over the great state of Ohio and beyond.

They may be known for that unique crispy crust and "Edge to Edge" pepperoni, but don't let the old standards fool you:

This rising chain is all about creating the perfect combo with the freshest ingredients. From the Mariachi Beef and Chicken Spinach Mozzarella to the classic Margherita pizza, Donato's continues to show why it's the homegrown favorite.

Runners-up: (tie) Rotolo's Italian Pizzeria and Massey's Pizza