One Pizza to Rule them All

One Pizza to Rule them All

Article & photos by Melodie Yvonne Ramey

COLUMBUS, IN (April 29, 2018) – Some might say there’s no such thing as bad pizza. I beg to differ. It’s possible that my hopes were just set way too high by those rectangle pillows of goodness handed out in my elementary school cafeteria. We may never know. I can tell you however that there are certain companies that I will even walk away from if that slice is handed to me free.

Anyone that knows me will tell you I am ridiculously picky about food with pizza being included. I have no need for cardboard crust made from prefrozen dough and watered down sauce made by teenagers that would rather be anywhere else than serving me from the other side of that restaurant counter. So, as I sit here and write to you know that in general I’m cranky and I’m only in it for the breadsticks. Consequently, you can know with absolute certainty that if I tell you a type pizza is good then that pizza is probably the best in the world. This is why you should run to Noble Roman’s West in Columbus, Indiana immediately.

Now I’m not talking about any Noble Roman’s. I’m not referring to that one down the road from you that you have to get a tetanus shot before you can go in. I’m talking about Noble Roman’s West in Columbus, Indiana at the Westhill Shopping Center on Highway 46. I’m talking about the Noble Roman’s that not only has good food, but still has that quaint and beautiful old school nostalgic environment from the Nobles when we were kids. Merely walking in the door you immediately feel home again. Whether grabbing a bite on lunch or out with friends it’s just like another family dinner night with the best food in town and the best entertainment. The wonderful ambience is largely in part to the phenomenal employees led by small business owner Stephen Shirar.

  

You see, Noble Roman’s West is not just a cog in a corporate machine. Yes, this particular restaurant has the franchise name, but it is locally owned. So, Nobles West is ran by a member of the community itself that actually cares. Steve along with the friendly staff take orders with a smile no matter how long of a day or the length of the line, and even if the line is long it’s no problem. I don’t care who you are, it’s like being a kid again when you catch a glimpse of that famous pizza twirling high above your head through that window. It puts me in awe every time as they spin that dough high like the Harlem Globe Trotters on a mission before slathering it with my favorite toppings.

So, to wrap it up, Noble Roman’s West is not a place to go if you just wanna grab a pizza. It’s a place to go if you want to grab a pizza with a slice of life on the side. It’s a place to take your kids to spend time with them like you always wanted because the second they see that pizza being made they will put those phones away. I can honestly say all my 20some years experience with Noble Roman’s under the leadership of passionate pizza aficionado, Stephen Shirar, has been phenomenally positive save one thing. That one and only negative thing I could possibly ever utter about this fantastic restaurant is this… Dear Steve, for the love of God and all that is holy please bring back the silent movie screen!!!

Check out some shots from one of my last adventures at Noble Roman’s West below and follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/nobleromanswest/ for their latest deals!

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Photo and video footage shot for Photographic Melodie by Melodie Yvonne Ramey. Shot with Nikon D800E
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Melodie Yvonne

Melodie Yvonne Ramey grew up in the small southern Indiana town of North Vernon. She picked up her first camera at the young age of 5, and was immediately hooked. Melodie says, “I couldn’t tell you the name brand of my first camera offhand, but I can tell you it was a Tweety Bird camera. It’s a brilliant bright blue with Tweety Bird from Bugs Bunny perched on it. I still have it. I’m just not sure if it was the photos themselves that got me hooked or that brilliant lil yellow bird.”

Every trip, even just to the local park, was turned into a fantasy scene of her own imagination that would later be turned into epic tales in word and photos. Melodie spent her teen years learning from and mentoring under professionals such as Richard Young, John Sheckler, and The Grand Conundrum. She received an Associates of Applied Science in Visual Technologies majoring in Photography from Ivy Tech in 2002 after studying under acclaimed professors such as Hoosier photographer Darryl Jones, Jonathan Wilson, and many other masters in the field.

Melodie’s main focus has always been music photography. Growing up listening to amazing musicians like Shannon Hoon, Beastie Boys, Maynard James Keenan, Zack de la Rocha, Tori Amos, and classics like Led Zeppelin, Hendrix, Elvis, Johnny Cash and the like inspired her dream to create visual images that made people feel the way they do when they hear the music. She wanted to help people SEE the music by capturing every magical moment of those amazing shows that she dreamt of as she gazed into music magazines like Rolling Stone and Spin. Later in life as Melodie learned more about the arts inspiration came from a number of other legendary artists, visual and literary, like Annie Leibovitz, William Moortensen, John Sexton, Erik Johansson, Helmut Newton, Hunter S. Thompson, Ralph Steadman, and HR Giger.

Melodie has done numerous jobs around the country ranging from working for bands to even being the official photographer on many southern Indiana Poker Runs. Her specialties are in nature, music, and candid event photography, as well as one of a kind photographic creations. Melodie published her first print book Photographic Memories: In the Beginning, a collection of poetry, in 2011, and has since published 2 more print works, Photographic Memories: Meet me in the Middle and Hoosier Heavens, her first photo book. Melodie currently acts as publisher, editor & lead contributor at photographicmelodie.com and does freelance work with many other media outlets, venues, and artists.

Melodie says, “I started out with a Tweety bird camera and a dream and I never let go. I will always love photography and the vessel it has given me to share the images of my heart and mind with the world. I have found that every single person on this earth visualizes the world in very different ways. Some people are optimists, some are pessimists. Some people are daydreamers, and others keep their feet firmly planted on the ground. Photography allows me to show some of these different visualizations. It allows the rationalist to see that it’s okay to dream, it can show the monsters hidden in the dark, and it can show even the saddest of people that there is still joy in the world.”

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