bad reviews after our visit, making me even more glad we stuck with what we knew to be good - the pizza. We ordered a large with 1/2 green olives and pepperoni, and 1/2 margherita - basil and tomato. At 18", the pizza seems even bigger than the slight variation from a typical Dewey's (17") or ZZ's (16"). It's the closest thing I can think of to a New York style slice available in Cincinnati, even though it wasn't quite crispy enough to fold (next time we'll ask them to leave it in a bit longer). Balboa's pizza has a very thin crust, that expands out to a bubbly edge, and the sauce is a bit sweeter than the norm. Both halves of the pie tasted good, and we had enough leftovers for an additional meal.
The Ingredients: Nothing noted about local or organic ingredients. For easy things like the basil on the pizza, it would be great if this was something Balboa's would consider.
The Story, Setting, & Service: Again, the real draw here is 1/2 off at lunch on Monday through Thursday. But, in addition, they're currently advertising the World Cup games they're showing all summer on 4 TV's at 2 bars. They've also got lots of space and natural light in the building, with vaulted ceilings and exposed ductwork. There's also 2 pool tables and another TV upstairs, as well as more seating. It's a good, clean option for pool, and the service was attentive (there weren't too many people when we went on a Thursday at noon).
The Last Bite: The pizza at Balboa's is the reason to stop in - Sarah and I agree. They don't do it by the slice like in NYC, but you won't be disappointed by a whole pie. For the price at lunch, this is a great place to know about. If you split up what we ordered on this trip, you could probably happily feed 4 people for $20 - that's not something you can say very often.