Best Of 2017

BEST VODKA PIZZA: Strong’s Brick Oven Pizzeria


Strong’s Brick Oven Pizzeria is not just another pizza joint. Although the house-like exterior doesn’t necessarily stand out of the Newport on the Levee crowd with screaming colorful signs or a decked-out front entrance, the inside is equipped with a state of the art pizza-making machine hailing from Italy — one big brick oven. The eatery’s signature Pizza Alla Vodka is a must-order every time you go. The dough is thin, with beautiful crisp air pockets that bulge out of the golden, charred and chewy crust. The toppings are tossed on top, deliberately, but asymmetrically, rustic in every sense. This goldmine of flavors combines creamy sauce with mushrooms, spinach and the salty-sweet prosciutto di Parma. The thin slices of meat provide the extra salty flavor to give your mouth a break from the creamy sauce and bitter greens. While there are other specialty pizzas to try at Strong’s — a Diavolo Dolce with spicy sauce, mozzarella, pineapple, banana peppers and bacon, for instance — there is no such thing as leftovers with this pizza. Strong’s Brick Oven Pizzeria, 336 Monmouth St., Newport, Ky., 859-291-6836,