Other Round Foods and Riffs on Pizza for When You're Sick of the Stuff

Let's broaden this pizza conversation.

click to enlarge Quan Hapa - Photo: Devin Luginbill
Photo: Devin Luginbill
Quan Hapa

Tired of the cheesy, tomato-y pie?  Or maybe you’d like to consider other types of flat, shareable foods with toppings or fillings? Here are a few ideas to broaden this whole pizza conversation.

Japanese Pancake (Okonomiyaki) at Quan Hapa — Three variations of this fragrant, baked pancake include one with bacon and a fried egg, another featuring fried cauliflower and onions, and a spicy pie with marinated shrimp and jalapeno. 1331 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, quanhapa.com.

Casadilla at Casa Figueroa — From the “appetizers to share” menu section, a toasty quesadilla with a housemade cheese blend, salsa and crema. Add beans, veggies, chorizo, pork or steak for a couple dollars more. 6112 Montgomery Road, Pleasant Ridge, casafig.com.

Crostini with Dipping Oil at Unwind Wine Bar — Simple but plentiful, these are crispy toasts with herbs de Provence and top-quality olive oil, perfect to accompany any white, red, rose or sparkling wines from the long list of options here. 3435 Michigan Ave., Hyde Park, unwindhydepark.com.

Artisan Flatbread at Zula — There are six variations, but my favorites are the roasted mushroom with garlic confit and mozzarella, and the equally delicious Brussels sprouts with bacon lardons. 1400 Race St., Over-the-Rhine, zulabistro.com.

Tostada at Mazunte Taqueria — Your choice of toppings on a fried corn tortilla — enough for two to share, with meat, cheese or veggies and fresh spinach, pickled onion, avocado salsa and queso fresco. 5207 Madison Road, Madisonville, mazuntetacos.com.

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