Izzy's - World's Greatest Reubens

History

Izzy, David, and Rose Kadetz

Our story starts in the late 1800’s when a couple of Jewish immigrants left behind an economic depression and oppression politics of the Czar from Russia. Like many at that time they felt the New World offered them a real chance to succeed and be free. Settling in Cincinnati Mr. Kadetz offered his flair for cooking at the renowned Sinton St. Nicolas Hotel in Cincinnati. With his confidence in culinary expertise and not being afraid of taking risk he opened the first kosher style delicatessen West of the Alleghenies. His legacy has lived on tracing back to the start in 1901.

The stiff-necked and stubborn character of Izzy often left people with many memories. Whether it was the shouting back and forth between himself and his wife Rose, or the price of food that varied depending on what you were wearing and if you looked like you had extra money to spend. Izzy's boisterous style coupled along with the savoring food left many Cincinnatians with great food and good memories.

Izzy Kadetz

In 1980 Izzy's son David began running the restaurant. David carried much of the same qualities possessed by Izzy and soon grew the reputation and business of Izzy's tremendously. In 1982 David opened a second restaurant on Sixth and Main Street in downtown Cincinnati, and he asked trusted friend John Geisen, then a skilled tradesman, to manage the location. 

John worked closely with the Kadetz family, who took him under their wing and began to instill their family and business values.  John came to understand that the secret to Izzy’s success was rooted in offering superior quality along with the highest level of customer service.
Together John and David helped grow the business over the years and John Geisen became the President and CEO.

John embarked on a mission to instill his passion for quality on everyone at Izzy’s—from the store managers to the front line staff.  This "can-do" culture can be seen everyday at all Izzy's locations, whether John Geisen it's a simple request for a special sandwich, or catering a party for 200 guests, Izzy's employees understand that the customer is King. This passion for pleasing patrons easily explains the fierce loyalty shared by so many fans of Izzy’s.

Consistently ranked as the "best deli in Cincinnati", visitors to this tri-state tradition soon realize that Izzy's offers a unique experience that blends great food with friendly and attentive staff, all while maintaining the highest in quality and value.

But the Izzy's family is not content to rest on their laurels; from serving on old pickle barrels with wood crates as chairs to the latest location having a drive-thru, modern lighting, comfortable seating and the latest innovative cooking equipment still serving the same homemade recipes Izzy Kadetz was handed down from his father dating back to 1901. Red Bank

The future of Izzy’s will undoubtedly bring John’s passion for value and service beyond the tri-state. He remains eternally grateful for his fortunate relationship with Izzy, David, Rose, and the entire Kadetz Family. Upon reflecting on his time with them, John recalls back to the 80’s when he asked them, "Do you know what you get when you mix a Jew and a Catholic?”

The answer was a simple reply: “Success!” 

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  • “Love Love Love this Hometown Favorite. Definitely on the top of my list. Cod & Izzy's pickles mmm mmm good!!!”

    Nikki W. ★★★★

  • “Had some quests from Columbus area and Andrian, MI and wanted to take them to a "local" restaurant. My grandson and I decided Izzy's in Forest Park was the choice. They LOVED it. First the delicious pickles and then the famous Ruben and potato pancake. The waitress was great, very friendly and we enjoyed her conversation with our questions. They were very impressed with the food and her. I wish I knew her name but she was the only waitress there. Then even bought a jar of pickles to take home.”

    Glyn H. ★★★★★

  • “Delicious toasted sandwiches and high-quality meats.  So tasty and hits the spot every time. ”

    Jordan W. ★★★★

  • “I first started going to Izzys over 40 years ago. I remember Izzy working behind the counter across the street from WLWT. The food I had tonight was as good as when Izzy would hand me my sandwich in the 70s! ”

    Arch G. ★★★★★

  • “I think I died and went to sandwich heaven......seriously though, Izzys Original Reuben is the stuff of legends. Words cant describe it, you just need to go in and try it sometime. Im hungry just thinking about it!!!! ”

    Martha C. ★★★★★

  • “Greatest grilled reubens. Great corned beef sandwiches. All around great food.”

    Joe P. ★★★★★

  • “Absolutely fantastic pastrami Reuben on a pretzel bun!  Chicken noodle soup was fresh with Bowie pasta.  The potato pancakes were crispy pillows of heavenly goodness.  Oh, and the pickles were amazing and I dont usually like pickles!  I sure wish we had one in Toronto!! ”

    Lee M. ★★★★★

  • “Recently got a couple sandwiches to go from Izzys after hearing about how good it is. I REALLY enjoyed the Turkey Reuben, and loved the fact that they purposely include a small container of their delicious pickles and thousand island dressing. It also came with a giant and deliciously chewy potato pancake! The staff was quick, and the sandwiches were put together just right. ”

    Shannon D. ★★★★

  • “Slightly different take on a deli. A small place where customers and food are shown lots of care. I had corned beef w eggs on top; all sandwiches come with large potato cake. Our staff was in town for a convention and ate there often. We were never disappointed.”

    Colette F. ★★★★★

  • “Love Izzy's Reuben's and Potato Cakes. This is the closest to my house. I live in Goshen but it's worth the drive. Had to make a special trip there for St. Paddy's Day. Great customer service. And great food. They have the best Potato Cakes in town.”

    Adrienne J. ★★★★★

  • “2nd time to dine at Izzys.  THIS PLACE IS OFF THE CHAIN!  The "Famous Reuben" is amazing!  This place is a MUST STOP when in the Florence area. The service was good and my beverage stayed full - even brought a to go cup without asking. ”

    Philip S. ★★★★★

  • “Flew in from Florida for the week, had to stop for a Rueben and potato pancake before leaving. You need to open some down this way! ”

    Barton F. ★★★★★