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!!!

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Melodie Yvonne

Melodie Yvonne, lead photographer and owner of Photographic Melodie, grew up in the small southern Indiana town of North Vernon. She picked up her first camera at the age of 5, and was immediately hooked. By the age of 15 she began to turn every trip, even just to the local park, into a fantasy scene of her own imagination, and started mentoring with many local professionals. Melodie received an Associates of Applied Science in Visual Technologies majoring in Photography from Ivy Tech in 2002 after studying under acclaimed professors and many other masters in the field.

Melodie’s main focus has always been music photography. Growing up listening to many amazing musicians inspired her dream to create visual images that made people feel the way they do when listening to music. Her goal was to help people SEE the music.

Melodie has done numerous jobs around the country ranging from working for bands to being the official photographer on many southern Indiana Poker Runs. Her specialties are in nature, music, and candid event photography. She published her first print work, a collection of images & poetry, in 2011, and has since published many more print works. Melodie currently acts as owner & lead photographer at Photographic Melodie, House Photographer for Purdue Theatre, and Tour Photographer for multiple Billboard Charts topping bands as well as freelance work with many other media outlets, venues, and musicians.

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