Pizza lovers will be able to enjoy their favorite food and help support the Bexley Celebrations Association by attending the Bexley Pizza Festival next month.

Pizza lovers will be able to enjoy their favorite food and help support the Bexley Celebrations Association by attending the Bexley Pizza Festival next month.

A portion of the proceeds from every slice of pizza sold at the festival will be donated to the BCA to support the Fourth of July celebration, said Julie Eikenberry, who is chairing the event.

Eikenberry said nine vendors will participate in the festival from 4 to 8 p.m. April 16 at Capital University's Capital Plaza.

Vendors will sell pizza for $2 a slice. Organizers hope to raise at least $1,500. The Bexley Area Chamber of Commerce will double proceeds up to $2,000, Eikenberry said.

"We would love to hit that goal," she said.

Most of the pizza establishments are from Bexley or the surrounding area. Among them are two Bexley pizza institutions.

Anthony's Pizzeria owner Jim Douglas said his shop has a loyal following of Capital University students, thanks to the restaurant's proximity to campus at 602 Pleasant Ridge Drive.

Douglas took over the operation of Anthony's Pizzeria, which has been serving pizza in Bexley for the past 46 years, in August.

The sign in front of Anthony's boasts that the pizzeria has been "Voted best pizza on Pleasant Ridge Drive."

"A lot of people get a kick out of that," he said. "Pleasant Ridge is only about two blocks long. We promote (Anthony's) as the smallest pizzeria in Bexley."

Douglas, a Bexley resident for eight years, owned a pizzeria in Florida called Dough Boys, where he learned to make dough from a master bread maker.

"It is truly is the best pizza dough I've had in 25 years," he said. "I've never found anything else that compares to it."

Jim Marchese, owner of Rubino's Pizzeria, 2643 E. Main St., might disagree.

Rubino's has been in Bexley since 1954, according to Marchese.

"We consider ourselves Bexley's original pizza," he said.

Marchese said Rubino's makes traditional, old-fashioned pizza.

"We make our own sausage," he said. "We bake it into a loaf and slice it so it comes out square."

Marchese said his father began managing Rubino's in the 1950s.

"When I retired from the Air Force, my dad bought the business and I came to help out," he said.

Other pizza vendors participating in the festival include Bexley Pizza Plus; Donatos; Joe's Pizza; Pizza Hut; Papa John's Pizza; Grandma's Pizza and Pasta and Parkhurst Dining Service at Capital University.

Carla Daniels, Capital University's assistant director of community service and student programs, said the university likes to work with Bexley on various events.

"This is an opportunity to partner with the Bexley Chamber of Commerce and to bring an event on campus," she said.

Daniels said the combination of students and pizza was a natural.

"Who loves pizza more than the college student?" she said.

In addition to pizza, the festival will feature kid-friendly activities, music, crafts and drinks. The event will be held rain or shine.