Previously reserved for Friday nights, pizza has become a household staple. To keep this simple dish from getting stale, classic restaurants are piling on exciting ingredients and proving pizza can be more than just pepperoni. Whether you like yours oven baked or deep dish, Cleveland has a pizza place around every corner. Try some of the best pizza in Cleveland at these spots.
Papa Nick’s Pizza and Pasta
11534 Clifton Blvd.
Cleveland, OH 44102
What makes Papa Nick’s pizza the best in Cleveland? Papa Nick’s knows the secret to a good sauce, crust and cheese combination, but don’t ask for it. Papa Nick’s will reveal no secrets and that’s what keeps the regulars coming back. Or it may be the tangy combination of toppings like white cheese and garlic or spinach, alfredo sauce, chicken, provolone and cheddar on the Chicken Florentine pizza. Papa Nick’s has been open for more than 30 years and it’s obvious that its delicious pizza is why.
Maxi’s In Little Italy
12113 Mayfield Road
Cleveland, OH 44106
Maxi’s Restaurant in Little Italy has some of the best pizza in Cleveland. This historic area of Cleveland is bursting with genuine Italian cuisine, and the pizza is some of the best. Maxi’s pizza is bubbling cheese on hand-tossed dough that’s baked in a brick oven. Adding whole milk mozzarella and basil is the easiest way to get that authentic Italian feel to your dish, while adding meats and cheeses is the “Cleveland” way. However you like to enjoy your pizza, try some at Maxi’s on the patio in the summer. This pizza is a treat any day of the week.
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105 N. Main St.
Akron, OH 44308
In Akron, Luigi’s Restaurant has reigned supreme for more than 40 years. What started as a steak house morphed into an Italian restaurant and it hasn’t looked back since. With award-winning pizza, it’s hard to pick just one for your dinner. The pizza De-light is made with fresh tomatoes and onions and the fan favorite is the tomato, cheese, sausage and pepperoni. Luigi’s may only take cash (no checks or credit cards please), but what you get in return is fresh pizza, never frozen and made daily.
13715 Madison Ave.
Lakewood, OH 44107
Angelo’s Pizza in Lakewood never disappoints. The selection is endless with deep dish or original, a million toppings, a hundred specialty pizzas and the list goes on. While the numbers may be an exaggeration, the straight truth about Angelo’s Pizza is the amount of awards that it wins year after year. It’s already received four in 2014, from 2014 Silver Spoon Award Best Pizza to the 2014 People’s Choice Award. Your next favorite pizza place awaits you at Angelo’s Pizza.
12301 Mayfield Road
Cleveland, OH 44106
If your next pizza needs to made with real Sicilian ingredients like fresh tomatoes, peppers and garlic along with herbs and spices used to complement the sauces, Mama Santa’s is your place. In business since the 1940s, Mama Santa’s wins awards for best pizza and pasta and that’s quite an achievement with the competition. But it’s the thin crust, cheesy combination of toppings you pick (mushrooms and pepperoni) or a specialty pizza made just for you (the House Favorite) that makes the pizza. Kids are welcome at this family restaurant and they’ll love the friendly wait staff and original décor. Mama Santa’s is a classic Little Italy gemstone here to stay.
Marissa Burke is a happily adventurous wife, mother and runner. Living in Lakewood, Ohio she searches neighboring communities for exciting food and drinks that are good and good for you in the Cleveland area. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.