There are so many pizza choices in Akron, it's sometimes hard to choose one. Here are nine favorites, listed in alphabetical order, and some notes on what distinguishes each pizza from the competition. An extensive hunt might uncover pizza sources in Akron that are as good as these entries, but it won't find any that are better.
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Continental Cuisine is known for its fabulous Mediterranean food. Their pizza is no exception; it is a blend of authentic flavors and favorite toppings. Their Spinach pizza was the favorite white based pizza in the comparison.
The Spinach pizza burst with flavor with every bite of the generously topped spinach, fresh cut tomatoes, sprinkled feta cheese, slivered onions, and Italian seasonings. The olive oil, white sauce base is mouth watering and tangy. The vegetables are chunky, firm, and fresh. This pizza will be devoured, so grab your piece first.
55 Ghent Road
Fairlawn, OH 44333
02 of 09Domino's American Legends Cali Chicken Bacon Ranch was a delicious flavor combination and a favorite non-tomato sauce pizza for the comparison. The hand-tossed crust was thick and soft. The smoky bacon and chicken combination was surprising, yet pleasant. The chicken was tender and ample, cut in large strips. This pizza is loaded with cheese from the crust to the top. If you want to try something new that is familiar, this is the pizza for you. There are more than a dozen locations in Summit county, find the closest one online.
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Donato's PizzaDonatos offers the best in abundance of toppings with edge-to-edge toppings. Donatos is the favorite for amount of fresh toppings in the comparison. Their best-selling pepperoni pizza is set on their signature thin, crisp crust. The fresh provolone cheese smothered the fresh tomato based pizza sauce. The pizza was pilled high with more than 100 pieces of pepperoni filling every available space, including right up to the edge of the pizza. There are eight Donatos stores in Summit County, with drive up windows. See website for nearest one.
04 of 09East of Chicago has the best taco pizza available anywhere, noted by the taste testers. They also have the best thick pan crust; always hot and soft on the inside, with a bit of a crunch on the outside. The taco pizza cannot be matched. It offers the perfect selection of mild Mexican flavor with the freshest toppings. Toppings on this pizza include mildly spicy beef, chunky salsa, fresh lettuce, tomato, onions, black olives, sour cream, and cheddar cheese. It is a Mexican food lover’s dream pizza and great as leftovers, served cold. There are eight locations in Summit County, see website for nearest one.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
05 of 09Leonardo’s surprised and tickled our taste buds with their cheeseburger pizza. It was the most surprising pizza in the comparison. The Cheeseburger pizza tastes exactly like a fresh cheeseburger but on a soft, thick pizza crust that is made fresh daily. It is filled with cheddar cheese, hamburger, ketchup, mustard, and pickles. The concept is a bit hard to imagine but every person who tasted it was surprised and delighted. It is like a juicy, flavorful burger - only better. Many people said it was the best pizza in the comparison. Leonardo's is the winner of "Best Pizza in Summit County" Award by the "Akron Beacon-Journal."
103 Ghent Road
Fairlawn, OH 44333
06 of 09Mr. G’s wins hands-down for the best pizza sauce in the comparison and also for the most impressive size. The gigantic pizzas were presented nicely. The large slices of pizza were baked on a slightly thin, hand tossed crust. The sauce was phenomenal; a homemade recipe straight from Italy. Mr. G’s pepperoni pizza is topped with fresh, savory cheese, and a generous supply of tasty pepperoni. The tomato pizza is beautifully designed with large, thin slices of tomatoes arranged on top, sprinkled with fresh ground seasonings on top of cheese and fresh tomatoes.
Mr. G's Pizzeria
2955 W Market Street
Fairlawn, OH 44333
07 of 09Papa Johns offers the best of traditional pizza with the highest quality ingredients in this comparison. The Works (pictured at left) is piled high with meats, fresh vegetables, and oozing with cheese. This is a very filling, satisfying pizza. The Italian Meats Trio has a kick that makes this pizza extraordinary. The combination of spicy Italian sausage, ham, and salami with a zesty tomato sauce is just enough to jolt your taste buds. It is covered with mozzarella, parmesan, and Romano cheeses. Their pepperoni pizza is a classic, piled with fresh, strong pepperoni. The thick layer of sauce is so fresh that you can actually differentiate the taste the tomatoes and seasonings. There are nine locations in Summit County.
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Pizza BOGO offers the most unique flavor combinations and most stimulating visual presentations of all pizza tasted. Their Bombay pizza, loaded with vegetables and large pieces of Tandoori Chicken, is a mixture of flavors and colors that play with your senses. The Greek pizza has chunky toppings of sweet red onions, black olives, diced tomatoes, and chicken breast. The roasted garlic oil base and feta cheese make the pizza burst with flavor. Pizza BOGO's Napa Valley pizza has a creamy basil pesto sauce and chunky pieces of asparagus, artichoke hearts, red onions, and yellow roasted tomatoes.
Pizza BOGO was rated number one in Case Western Reserve University's Pizzalympics.
1392 North Portage Path Drive
Akron, OH 44313
330-865-7777Continue to 9 of 9 below.
09 of 09Rizzi’s has a flare for Italian foods, including making a great pizza pie. Their pepperoni pizza was a favorite for traditional, home made tasting pizza in this comparison. The crust is thick and soft on Rizzi’s pizzas, made fresh daily. The pepperoni pizza was topped with layers of cheese and pepperoni to satisfy every mouth full of pizza. There is no doubt that the sauce is made fresh with a great authentic Italian recipe; it is layered thick and is full of dynamite flavor.
Rizzi's was voted in the Top 10 in the "Akron Beacon-Journal's" Best Pizza Contest.
Rizzi's Restaurant and Pizzeria
2809 Copley Road
Copley, OH 44321