• Catch-a-Fire Pizza offers outdoor dining in bubble-like “igloos” for both couples and larger parties during the winter months.
  • “Being outside in the elements while cozy inside an igloo with your favorite people is magical,” one customer said about the experience.

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Private igloos combine the advantages of indoor and outdoor dining in a single “bubble” at Catch-a-Fire Pizza in Cincinnati, and lousy weather is never a problem.

Catch-a-Fire, which has two locations in the Cincinnati area, offers large party igloos that can accommodate up to six people comfortably for private dining in a warm, cozy environment during the winter months. The igloos sit outside on the patio and must be reserved in advance. All igloos are well-lit, heated and equipped with Bluetooth speakers for enjoying a custom music mix.

For this coming winter, Catch-a-Fire has added three smaller igloos designed for couples.

Meanwhile, Catch-a-Fire staff provides full service from their menu of wood-fired specialties, craft beers, wines and cocktails, plus an exclusive menu of treats for igloo guests, such as s’mores dip, crema bruciata, hot chocolate, hot apple cider, and more.

“The igloos give us a fun way to keep some excitement going throughout the winter season,” Melissa and Jeff Ledford, owners of Catch-a-Fire Pizza, said. “We are able to offer a unique experience and service for our guests to get out and celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, the holidays and date nights.”

Igloos can be reserved for two-hour time slots from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. seven days a week. A $20 non-refundable booking fee is required for the two-seater igloos, while the large igloos require a $35 non-refundable fee.

One guest, identified only as Susan, described the igloo experience as “one of a kind.” She noted, “We had a double date with my husband and another couple. Food and drinks were awesome … Being outside in the elements while cozy inside an igloo with your favorite people is magical.”

But dining indoors at Catch-A-Fire is an experience in its own right, according to a local TV station. Local 12 described the company’s Blue Ash, Ohio dining room as “a stellar example of contemporary restaurant design.”

Catch-a-Fire started out with no indoor dining at all—it was a food truck launched in the winter of 2013. Two years later, the Ledfords opened their first brick-and-mortar location inside the taproom of MadTree Brewing Company.

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