Food & Drink

It’s National Pizza Day. 20 pizza related stories that show the power of pizza in 2018

For the Midlands, The State covers the dynamic powers of that circular dairy topped dish that all who are sane love . In honor of National Pizza Day, here are 20 stories from 2018 that show the gravitas of these savory pies.

Notable war vet, businessman to run for Richland County Council

He owned 19 Marco’s Pizza at the time of publication. He won.

Javon Kinlaw is smaller but much stronger. USC ‘looking for that to pay dividends’

The Gamecocks football season might not have turned out the way most fans thought it might, but Kinlaw got in shape and had something to say about pizza.

How Blaze cooks pizzas in 180 seconds

Hot. Blaze is open in Harbison and The Village at Sandhills.

A delicious dozen: 12 iconic Columbia eats

At least one Columbia pizza is iconic.

He wanted free pizza after delivery failure. Then fists flew at SC pizzeria, cops say

Pizza appears to embolden our passions to the point of bringing accusations of criminality. Exhibit A.

Cici’s customer in SC asked for custom pizza. When he didn’t get it, he got violent

Exhibit B.

Thieves take frozen pizzas, hotdogs, makeup -- and grandpa’s cremated remains, SC cops say

What is going on with people and pizza in Spartanburg?

75 new jobs coming to Lexington County as popular chain builds new facility

Also, there’s big money in the piz biz.

Downtown Columbia restaurant closes on Main Street

The agony.

New restaurant opening soon will fill Main Street’s pizza void

The ectasy.

New Chick-fil-A, Panera headline 11 additions to USC’s restaurant lineup

That pizza didn’t make it into the headline is an injustice.

Another new locally owned restaurant is coming to Lexington’s Main Street

Lexington County has some new pie-culture happening, like here,

6 restaurant openings to look forward to in the Midlands

And here.

Armed teens tried to rob Richland pizza man. ‘Live PD’ showed what happened next

The food most tied to crime, appears to be pizza.

Armed robber demands pizza from Pizza Hut delivery driver during Lexington robbery

Exhibit C.

Domino’s Pizza driver shot and killed while making a delivery, SC cops say

Sometimes it’s tragic.

Carolina Panthers maintain Papa John’s ties despite backlash against former CEO

Sometimes pizza is political.

He used to act with Costner and Clooney, now he’s opened a restaurant in Cottontown

This started out as pizza.

New Columbia restaurant distances itself from co-owner after offensive Facebook posts

Then it got political.

He made a video about potholes. Now, he’s suing over SC agency’s Facebook ban

Pizza, politics and potholes

Nothing says ‘I love you’ like $500 pizza, Lexington restaurant hopes

Hopes dashed. They closed in September 2018.

David Travis Bland won the South Carolina Press Association’s 2017 Judson Chapman Award for community journalism. As The State’s crime, police and public safety reporter, he strives to inform communities about crimes that affect them and give deeper insight into victims, the accused and law enforcement. He studied history with a focus on the American South at the University of South Carolina.