Rethink Your Ride Sponsor Spotlight: Magpie Pizza

Posted by Sharon Pearson
Sharon Pearson
Sharon Pearson is the Program Coordinator for the Oberlin Project and liaison to
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on September 18, 2012 in Resilient Economy

Magpie Pizza pic 2Living in a college town offer residents the opportunity to be a connoisseur of pizza.  I believe that small and locally owned pizza places have a better taste than their chain-owned competitors. In fact, Magpie’s my pie Tex-Mex pizza is what my taste buds crave on a regular basis.  It is my favorite specialty pizza (just ask the servers there, I don’t even have to tell them my order because when I show up they know what I want as soon as they see me walk in - LOL!)

Magpie Pizza is located in the East College Street Complex at 65 East College Street.  Jim and Rachael Strader, residents of LaGrange, are the owners of Magpie Pizza.  Rachel and Jim opened up Magpie Pizza because they liked the sustainable building complex and are encouraged by the resident’s desire for local foods.  In addition, they have a family history of relatives that are restaurant owners.  One family member owns a restaurant in Lorain County and another family member owns a restaurant in New York. Magpie Pizza offers specialty pizzas, salad, and sandwiches.  Prices range from $4.50 for in individual sized pizza to $18 for a large pizza.

Magpie pizza makes an effort to use local ingredients in the menu items they serve. They use healthy and fresh ingredients in food items.  For example, they use olive oil as an ingredient in their pizza, which makes it less greasy as compared to others.  Another reason their pizza is so good is because they do not use pans, instead they bake their pizza on a stone, which makes their pizza crust light and crispy. Some of ingredients in the food they offer come from Oberlin Farmer’s Market, George Jones Farm, and West Side Market in Cleveland. 

In addition to pizza Magpie Pizza offers six (6) different sandwiches and in the winter they serve soup.  This is more than your average pizza location.  They offer a family friendly atmosphere. Check in on foursquare and show it to your server to receive a discount! You’ll find me checking in on foursquare there about once a week, so see you there soon!


Magpie Pizza
65  East College Street, Suite 2
Oberlin, Ohio  44074
(440) 774-2470

Hours of Operation:

M-W: 11:30 am – 8:00 pm
Thurs: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
F-S: 11:30 am – 10:00 pm
Sun.: 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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Sharon Pearson is the Program Coordinator for the Oberlin Project and liaison to the Transportation Working Group. Sharon will complete her Bachelor’s Degree in Green and Sustainable Enterprise Management by the end of 2013. She was born and raised in Oberlin and worked for Oberlin City Hall for 25 years. Currently she and her fiancé are moving back to Oberlin so they can take advantage of the various low-carbon transportation methods available including walking, biking, car-sharing, ridesharing while actively being involved in the Oberlin community.


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