We decided to head to Northern Kentucky for the 9th — and lowest attended — stop on our Tour de Pizzannati: The Gruff, which sits near the base of the John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge in Covington, Kentucky.
Photos [left to right]: cheese pizza and Philly Cheese Steak pizza with the John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge in the background; The Gruff clipboard menu; Pickle Fries
The Gruff had opened about six months prior and featured pizza (of course) and deli-style sandwiches, plus salads, soups, sides, and desserts. It also had a pretty bitchin’ view of the Suspension Bridge from where we sat inside. There was also outdoor seating, but it was a bit too hot for that. I’d heard the Pickle Fries were a must, so we started with those before our cheese pizza, Philly Cheese Steak, and Smoked Brisket pizza entrees. I liked all of the pizzas we got, but I really liked the cheese pizza, which was great, considering it is the flagship dish of our Tour de Pizzannati*.
In short: our service wasn’t great, but there was plenty of parking, the food was really good, they had a decent beer selection, and the location was pretty awesome — prime for taking a short stroll after our meal (Riverside Drive, where one of the All-Star Game mustaches calls home, was only a short walk away). I was a big fan of this place, and would love to come back for brunch, which is served on Saturdays.
*Pizzannati came to life when @SwarlesBarkley_ and I set out to determine where in the Greater Cincinnati area has the best cheese pizza. If a restaurant cannot master the basics, how can it be considered quality?