Barstool Sports founder David “El Presidente” Portnoy is well-known for his video series where he visits and reviews pizzerias using his infamous "one bite" rating system to decipher the quality of various slices from across the world (but he focuses primarily on the U.S.).
Portnoy paid a visit to Northern Kentucky-based Strong's Brick Oven Pizzeria in Lawrenceburg, Indiana last week while visiting the nearby Hollywood Casino.
The pizza legend's review of the highly-esteemed local favorite was lukewarm. "This is not gonna change your life," Portnoy says in the video. "We will not be running from the casino to this place to get pizza in the middle of March Madness."
Portnoy gave the pizza a rating of 6.7, declaring it "not horrible." He goes on to say, "I guess what I'd expect for like a sleepy little Midwestern Lawrenceburg town."
Despite Portnoy's lackluster review, Strong's Brick Oven Pizzeria is a Greater Cincinnati favorite, winning No. 5 best non-chain pizza in the reader poll in CityBeat's 2019 Best of Cincinnati issue.
The pizzeria's signature dish is the Pizza Alla Vodka, with mozzarella, housemade vodka cream sauce, fresh seasoned mushrooms, spinach and prosciutto di parma. Portnoy ordered the cheese pizza at Strong's, like he does for all of his reviews in order to keep it consistent.
The restaurant posted the video on their Facebook page, thanking Portnoy for visiting and asking their fans to let him know their opinions about their pizza.
"We have been hit y'all!!!" The post read. "@stoolpresidente Barstool sports had a lack of love for your favorite pizzeria. It's all good, we appreciate the review and the chance to be eaten by a pizza legend. Make sure you let him know how much people love Strong's."
Strong's Brick Oven Pizzeria has multiple locations including 336 Monmouth St., Newport; 1 E. High St., Lawrenceburg; 1990 N. Bend Road, Hebron; 8794 Reading Road, Reading.