Is there any food as great as pizza? Everyone has a favorite choice of pizza pie, whether it’s a simple blend of sauce and cheese over thick, chewy dough or an assortment of meat and peppers piled high above a cracker-thin crispy crust. Whatever kind of pizza you like to order, these restaurants belong on any pizza lover’s list of must-visit spots in Cleveland.
1. Pizza 216 (401 Euclid Ave)
Pizza 216 is a trendy pizza bar with an emphasis on blending the traditional with the groundbreaking. From conventional Italian-style pies to extravagant pizzas laden with offbeat toppings, Pizza 216 has something for every palate.
2. Geraci's (2266 Warrensville Ctr Rd)
Geraci's is a longstanding favorite among Cleveland's many fantastic Italian eateries, and their pizza stands out as perhaps their best offering.
3. Mama Santa's (12301 Mayfield Rd)
A staple of Little Italy's dining scene, Mama Santa's remains virtually unchanged after decades of serving up some of Cleveland's best pizza. If you're looking for traditional American pizza with a touch of the Old World charm of Little Italy, look no further than Mama Santa's.
4. Pizza Whirl (1822 W 25th St)
A newcomer to Cleveland's fantastic foodie scene, Pizza Whirl opened in March and already stakes a bold claim as some of the best pizza in the city. Fresh ingredients, snappy service and maybe the best stone-fired crust in the Forest City make this new spot hard to ignore.
5. Angelo's Pizza (13715 Madison Ave, Lakewood)
A friendly, vibrant atmosphere, a full bar, sports broadcasts on every TV - Angelo's has everything you could ever want out of a good pizza place. And as great as these distractions can be, the pizza itself is certainly no slouch. Pound for pound, Angelo's is one of the best pizza parlors in the Forest City.
6. Samosky's Homestyle Pizza (6738 Center Rd, Valley City)
Samosky's has been voted the best pizza in America several times since it opened in 1910, and one visit will make it easy to see why. Though hardly gourmet, the pies here are simply outstanding.
7. Santo's Pizza and Pasta (7565 Pearl Rd)
This Italian family restaurant has a robust pizza menu that caters to all kinds of pizza lovers. Their gluten-free crust is often ranked among the best in the city, and they pile fresh toppings high onto every slice, giving you maximum flavor in every bite.
8. Gillespie's Map Room (1281 W 9th St)
This pizza pub in the heart of the historic warehouse district pairs saucy, cheesy pizza goodness with a wide variety of domestic, imported, and local beers on tap. There's no better pairing than the hot pizza and cold beer of Gillespie's.
9. Sainato's (1852 Columbus Rd)
Sainato's is perhaps the most straightforward, no-frills pizza shop on this list. You won't find anything fancy about the slices here or the small dining room inside, but the pizza stands head and shoulders above most of its Cleveland contemporaries. You would be hard-pressed to find a pie as good as Sainato's, and they make good pizza look virtually effortless.
10. PizzaBOGO (13434 Cedar Rd)
PizzaBOGO offers some of the best slices in Cleveland. Each pie practically oozes cheese and toppings, and the sweet and spicy sauce adds a complex flavor that most other pizza places in town don't quite approach.
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