If you ask ten people in Cleveland to name their favorite pizza restaurant, you're likely to get ten different answers. Located midway between Chicago and New York City, Cleveland embraces both the deep-dish and the thin crust pizza—almost equally.
Although this list is by no means complete, below are some excellent Northeast Ohio pizza restaurants (in no particular order).
Mamma Santa's Pizza in Little Italy
Mamma Santa's, located in Cleveland's Little Italy neighborhood, is widely regarded as the best pizza place in Cleveland. The casual eatery, in business since the 1960s, was once rated #1 in a Cleveland "Plain Dealer" readers' poll. You can dine in or carry-out and nothing is very expensive.
Mama Santa's Pizza
12305 Mayfield Rd.
Geraci's Restaurant in University Heights
Located near John Carroll University in University Heights, this pizza restaurant is a consistent Northeast Ohio favorite. It was rated #2 in the aforementioned "Plain Dealer" poll and offers a variety of pizza and Italian specialties, most made with their signature semi-sweet tomato sauce. The dining room is snug but cozy, or you can get your pizza to go.
2266 Warrensville Center Rd.
University Hts., OH, 44118
Fire Food and Drink at Shaker Square in Cleveland
Fire, on Shaker Square, is not a typical pizza joint, but the stylish restaurant turns out tasty pizzas from their clay oven. On the menu are such creations as mushroom, gruyere, and caramelized onion pizza. In the summer, the dining expands to include a popular front patio.
Fire Food & Drink
13220 Shaker Square
Cleveland, Ohio 44120
Valentino's Pizza in Cleveland's Little Italy
A traditional Little Italy favorite, Valentino's served reasonably-priced pizza as well as sandwiches and classic Italian entrees, such as lasagna and stuffed shells. You can eat in the small dining room or 12-table outdoor patio (in the summer months) or get your food to go.
2197 Murray Hill Rd.
Cleveland, Ohio 44106
Rascal House Pizza
Best known for its downtown (E21st St.) location at Cleveland State, Rascal House has expanded all over town. They are best known for their friendly service, tasty pizza, and cozy ambiance. The downtown location delivers to offices and apartments in the downtown area and is a perfect place for a drink before a concert at the Wolstein Center.
The Rascal House has six locations in and around Cleveland, at Cleveland State University, at John Carroll in University Heights, in Euclid, at University Circle, in Maple Heights, and in Seven Hills.
The Flying Fig in Ohio City
It's not your traditional pizza place, but the Flying Fig, on Market Avenue in Ohio City, serves some of the best--and most innovative--pizza in town. Called flatbread, the pies features a changing array of fresh Ohio ingredients.
The Flying Fig
2523 Market Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44113
Bar Cento in Ohio City
This cozy storefront Italian restaurant, near Cleveland's West Side Market, is named for its list of over 100 wines, in all styles and price ranges. Bar Cento offers more than just wine, however. The kitchen turns out excellent thin-crusted pizzas, using fresh--mostly local--ingredients.
Offerings include the Salsiccia, with sausage, basil, fresh mozzarella, and tomato sauce, as well as the Puttanesca, topped with black olives, capers, provolone, anchovies, and tomato sauce. A great new addition to the Cleveland food scene.
1948 W. 25th St.
Beach Club Bistro in Euclid
This fun and quirky eatery in downtown Euclid was a pizza joint in a past life and it has forgotten its roots. The Beach Club serves a variety of fish and meat dishes, but the highlights are the pizzas.
Offerings are all named for local landmarks and include the Beachland, with red sauce, spinach, bacon, onion, asiago, smoked mozzarella; the Gilchrist, with white sauce, spinach, fresh tomato, calamata olive, asiago, provolone; and the Edgecliff, with red sauce, green pepper, onion, black olive, mushroom, mild peppers, asiago, provolone.
The Beach Club also has a charming, bricked-in patio behind the building, a lovely oasis complete with a koi pond.
Beach Club Bistro
21939 Lakeshore Blvd.
Capo's Pizza in Geneva and Geneva-on-the-Lake
Voted the best pizza restaurant in Ashtabula County, Capo's has been delighting pizza lovers since 1959. With two locations, in Geneva and Geneva-on-the-Lake, Capo's offers both red and white pizzas as well as a variety of calzones, spaghetti (with mom's homemade sauce) and salads. They even offer "pizza on a portabello" for gluten-free patrons. You can dine-in or take away from the Geneva location or take away at the Geneva-on-the-Lake store. The Geneva location has an extensive wine and beer selection.
118 W. Main St.
Geneva, OH 44041
Angelo's Pizza in Lakewood
This Lakewood Ohio pizza restaurant is frequently mentioned among the best pizza places in and around Cleveland. Angelo's features thick crust pizzas. Order a traditional pizza or try one of their unique creations, such as the veggie pizza or the cheesy seafood pizza with crab meat and lobster.
Angelo's also serves sandwiches and salads and offers beer and wine to go with your meal. They have a small dining area or order your food to go.
13715 Madison Ave.
Danny Boy's in Rocky River
Located in the heart of Rocky River's commercial district, Danny Boy's is a favorite of westsiders. They offer a host of usual and less-often-seen ingredients, such as peas, zucchini, feta cheese, and sauerkraut. Pizzas are available in thin, medium, or deep dish crusts.
Specialty pizzas include a Polish pizza, with kielbasa and sauerkraut; the Potato Skin pizza, with potato wedges, bacon, and cheese; and a Chicken Alfredo pizza, with Parmesan cheese, tomatoes, mushrooms, and chicken. Danny Boy's also serves excellent calzones, salads, and breadsticks.
Food is available for dine-in or carry-out.
Danny Boy's Pizza
20251 Lake Rd.
Rocky River, OH, 44116
Edison's Pub in Tremont
Named as one of the top 15 pizza restaurants in the city by "Cleveland Scene" magazine, Edison's offers pizza by the slice or by the pie, seven days a week. The menu includes traditional white and red pizzas as well as specialty pizzas like BBQ chicken pizza, Hot bacon spinach pizza, and Hawaiian pizza. There are also a large selection of subs from which to choose. Edison's is well-known for its extensive craft beer list.
2373 Professor Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44113
Sweet Basil Pizzeria in Westlake
One of the top pizzerias among Cleveland's westside suburbs, Sweet Basil Pizzeria in Westlake cooks all of their pizzas in a stone oven. Choices range from the traditional to the unconventional, with toppings such as pine nuts, eggplant, and goat cheese.
Sweet Basil also offers a gluten-free crust and specialty pies, such as "The Lush" (made with a vodka cream sauce), "The Grapes of Wrath" (made with grape tomatoes, fresh basil and balsamic dressing) and "Mr. Jay"(with red sauce, bacon, chicken and a sriracha ranch drizzle.)
Sweet Basil Pizzeria
26235 Center Ridge Rd
Westlake, OH 44145