Pizza’s not hard to find–but a really good pie? That’s a challenge. Thankfully for you, Movoto Real Estate has ranked the top pizza spots in Cleveland, OH so you can satisfy your need for a hot slice without worrying if you’re about to bite into a piece of cheese-covered cardboard. These are the 10 best (non-big chain) pizza places in C-Town proper:
10. Ask For Extra Sauce At Santo’s Pizza & Pasta
7565 Pearl Road
One-Topping Large Pizza: $10.65
Our first spot is a family restaurant that’s good pretty good all around, but doesn’t offer quite the same ambience as Maxi’s below. Their pie’s still tasty, though, and is made with a little less sauce than some might be accustomed to, so if you’re a particularly saucy customer you’ll probably want to order extra. It’s so good, you won’t mind if there’s a little too much on your slice.
9. Maxi’s Ristorante: Come For The Pizza, Stay For The Patio
12113 Mayfield Road
One-Topping Pizza: $14
This place is a full Italian restaurant with some really fantastic pasta, but people keep coming back for the pizza. Unlike some of the places on this list, it’s actually suitable for a sit-down meal, with a large back patio for enjoying an evening of pie and beer with friends. Plus, there’s some great non-pizza fare in case you’re with weirdos who don’t realize it’s basically mana from heaven.
8. Sainato’s Has Awesome Calzone (Their Pizza’s Pretty Great, Too)
1852 Columbus Road
Large One-Topping Pizza: $12
Calzone is not pizza. We’re mentioning it here because, in addition to some fine ‘za, this place also makes some of the best calzones around. We figured it was okay to take a small detour when this cousin of pizza is done so well. Hopefully you won’t throw a pie at us–unless it’s a Sainatos C-Town Special, that is.
7. Capri Pizza’s Pies May Actually Be Too Big
18340 Bagley Road
Large One-Topping Pizza: $19.20
Is it Tuesday? Then it’s time to call Capri. They have 18-inch large pies for under $10 on Tuesdays, which is a great price for a really good pizza. Like Vincenza’s, Capri tosses their pies New York-style, so you’ll want to pre-game on your slice-folding skills before grabbing your takeout. You’ll need a lot of fridge room for leftovers, too.
6. Antonio’s Restaurant: The Original Is The One You Want
7401 W. Ridgewood Drive
Large One-Topping Pizza: $16.24
This is the mothership of the Antonio’s shops, and as such there are some differences–for the better. A big one is their brick pizza oven, which seems to possess some magical ability to–poof!–make pizza taste that much better simply through its use. You can go either standard or (as some folks don’t realize) deep dish for your crust, but whichever you choose, you’ll want to ask for some of their house dressing to dip it in.
5. Vincenza’s Pizza & Pasta Might As Well Be In NYC
603 Prospect Avenue
Large One-Topping Pizza: $11
Yes, Vincenza’s has pasta, but we’re here to talk pizza. In this place’s case, it comes in the form of New York-style thin crust, and even native Manhattanites agree that it’s about as close as you can come without trekking 500 miles east. If thin crust isn’t your thing, they can do deep dish and even stuffed crust–but why mess with a classic?
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4. PizzaBOGO’s Unlimited Toppings Don’t Mean Limited Quality
13434 Cedar Road
Large Pizza With Unlimited Toppings: $14 (Two For $20)
When one of a pizza joint’s selling points is unlimited toppings, that usually translates into a big round slab of “meh.” What if we told you, though, that pies from PizzaBOGO are actually good? Not just good, but really, surprisingly good? They also have some specialty pizzas if you’re not into choosing toppings, including a chicken tikka masala pie. Oh, and all their pizzas are buy one get one free.
3. Crust Is All About The Unique Ingredients On Top
1020 Kenilworth Avenue
Large One-Topping Pizza: $13
One of Cleveburg’s newer pizza joints, Crust has been quickly rising up the ranks. It’s making a name for itself with some truly fantastic specialty pizzas, such as arugula with balsamic glaze and a Spanish chorizo pie with tangy goat cheese. If, for some ungodly reason, you find yourself not in the mood for pizza, their subs are tops too.
2. The Meatballs At Valentino’s Pizza Will Change Your Life
2197 Murray Hill Road
Large One-Topping Pizza: $10.50
Located in Cleveland’s Little Italy, Valentino’s isn’t a place you go to enjoy a sit-down meal, but once you get their pie home you’ll be in cheesy, saucy heaven. Their house recipe sauce is made with fresh tomatoes and they have an off-menu meatball pizza (made with their so-good-you-could-order-just them meatballs) that is a meaty treat for the ages.
1. The Wait At Edison’s Pizza Kitchen Is Totally Worth It
2365 Professor Avenue
Large One-Topping Pizza: $14.85
Attached to the popular Edison’s Pub, this spot is takeout-only and generally has a pretty long wait–but one that’s well worth it. Edison’s heaps on the fresh toppings and dusts its medium-thickness crust in parmesan to create one heavy pie that’s a bit greasy but so good it will make you forget all about those extra belt notches you had to punch. Make sure to ask for honey on the side!
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