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Knowing where to find the best pizza in your area can be a challenge, but we’ve got you covered with this carefully curated list of restaurants with top-rated pizza in Cleveland. If you’ve got a family to feed at the end of a hectic day, a good pizza has the potential to really hit the spot for everyone!
We asked our local staff and their families for their recommendations on the best pizza spots in Cleveland, and from their favorites we came up with this list of the best take out and sit down spots for pizza and Italian food. If we missed your favorite pizza place in Cleveland, don’t hesitate to reach out to us and we’ll be happy to add them to our list. Explore our list of the best pizza restaurants in Cleveland.
We think you’ll love ordering either a traditional crust or deep-dish pizza from this long-running eatery, established in 1981. Located at 13715 Madison Avenue in Lakewood, one of Cleveland’s historic streetcar suburbs, this top-rated pizza place has over 3500 reviews on Google and is currently averaging 4.6 stars. One happy reviewer said in 2021, “….Food Made fresh and hot. Great customer service. A must place to go if [you’re] in the neighborhood….Loved it!”
Angelo’s features 15 specialty pizzas and nearly 30 toppings to mix and match for custom pies. You can also find wings, pasta, sandwiches, and a nice wine and cocktails list in their menu. This is one of the most loved independent pizzerias in the Cleveland metro area. Keep in mind some reviewers advise about difficult parking; you could take advantage of the curbside pickup or no-contact delivery options.
That said, you may want to consider the Monday special when they have all pizzas half off for dine-in guests. Try the Baked Potato Pizza, the White Pizza, or the House Special Pizza! Find more details on the Angelo’s Pizza website.
“There’s no skimping here. These are well-made pizzas that are absolutely loaded with super premium ingredients,” says one zealous Google Local Guide of Edison’s Pizza Kitchen. Edison’s menu states the ingredients on their 10 specialty pizzas are locally-sourced, too. This means with your purchase, you’d be supporting more than one local Cleveland business.
Located at 2365 Professor Avenue in Cleveland, Edison’s is one of few pizza kitchens selling by the slice. Edison’s is currently rated at an average 4.6 stars by more than 700 patrons. As of a month ago, reviewers advised that Edison’s was only offering carry-out orders. Call ahead at +1 216 298 4484 to double-check! We’ve got our eye on a Bacon Chicken Ranch pizza for later this week.
With an extremely creative menu and a value-driven business, we couldn’t leave Dewey’s Pizza off this list. Dewey’s is a regional chain with locations throughout the Midwest.
One Google Local Guide who dined at Dewey’s in Cleveland said, “Salads are really good and if you don’t usually get one with a pizza, you should look again when here.” Located on 2194 Lee Road in Cleveland Heights, more than 700 customers rate Dewey’s at an average 4.6 stars. The menu features a gluten-free crust and plenty of options for vegetarians. Visit their website to learn more.
Crust was started about five years ago and has grown to have two locations: one in the Tremont neighborhood at 2258 Professor Ave. and one at 3000 St. Clair Ave. The Tremont location offers both a front and back patio for alfresco dining and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and closed on Sunday and Monday. The St. Clair Avenue location is closed on Saturday and Sunday and is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. You can order from their menu online and pick it up in-house.
Your pizza will be made from scratch, including freshly ground tomatoes for the sauce and a slow-rise dough that gives an added depth of flavor. It is then hand-tossed and cooked at 550 degrees for the fullest taste profile. You can choose either a medium 12-inch pie or a large 16-inch. If you think the cheese is the best part of pizza, then order the Bianca with garlic puree, mozzarella, smoked mozzarella, fresh mozzarella, and pecorino.
Mama Santa’s is located at 12301 Mayfield Road in Cleveland’s Little Italy and serves up Italian food from pizza to pasta. They open at 11 a.m. every day except Sunday when they are closed. They are a local institution and have won many awards over the years including Best Italian Food and Best Pizza.
At Mama Santa’s you can build your own small, medium, or large pizza with toppings of your choice such as mushroom, pepperoni, double cheese, and more. If you choose to opt for Mama Santa’s specialty pizzas why not go for the Customer Favorite Pizza with sausage, pepperoni, and mushroom, or if you prefer to avoid meat they have the Vegetable Pizza with onions, olives, green peppers, pepperoncinis, and mushrooms.
Sauced Wood Fired Pizza is located at 21984 Lorain Road in Fairview Park, and their hours are 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and closed on Sunday and Monday. They specialize in wood-fired thin-crust pizzas and use a two-day fermentation process on their dough for a crisp, airy crust. In addition to pizza, they offer appetizers like wood-fired chicken wings, homemade meatballs, and tomato bruschetta, as well as salads and wood-fired sandwiches with a side salad or fries. Their pizzas come in 10- or 14-inch pies.
For something different try The Clevelander with a spicy red sauce, salami, ham, pepperoni, meatballs, garlic, and ricotta with Sriracha honey. If you prefer something sweet with your spicy food then try the BBQ Chicken pizza with sweet habanero barbecue sauce, roasted chicken, bacon, jalapeno, and pineapple. If you prefer to avoid heat all together you might like the Quattro Formaggio with garlic oil, fresh mozzarella, parmesan, feta, and their house cheese blend, all topped with fresh basil.
Sainato’s is a family-run Italian restaurant and sports bar that has been around since 1972 and provides a welcoming, relaxing environment to enjoy a good meal. The bar is situated in an exposed brick building in the Rivergate District along the Cuyahoga River and is a great place to sit down, kick back, and catch a game or hang out with friends. They offer a large menu of Italian food including appetizers like imported olives, garlic bread, and fresh Buffalo mozzarella bruschetta with basil, garlic, and tomatoes.
Sainato’s pizzas come in many sizes from 9-, 12-, and 16-inch up to a half-sheet and full-sheet. If you’re looking for a simple pizza that is far from basic, then try the Margherita pizza with red sauce, fresh buffalo mozzarella, and basil chiffonade; a true Italian classic. Their Veggie pizza comes with garlic butter, broccoli, cauliflower, mushroom, cheddar cheese, and provolone, all fresh ingredients contributing to its great flavor. If you prefer a meatier pizza the Deluxe comes with pepperoni, sausage, mushroom, onion, and green pepper.
Vincenza’s Pizza and Pasta is located at the Colonial Marketplace in downtown Cleveland. Originally founded in New York in 1957, Vincenza’s brought their family’s New York-style pizza to Cleveland in 1979, where the current family owners work every day prepping and cooking pizzas and more with only the freshest high-quality ingredients. Their address is 603 Prospect Ave. and they are open from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Apart from several styles of pizza they serve subs, salads, and pasta.
Vincenza’s offers pizza by the pie in small, medium, large, and jumbo, or by the slice. You can get thin crust pizza, stuffed crust, deep dish, and Sicilian, as well as calzones and more. Their thin crust pizza comes in Cheese, Buffalo or BBQ, Deluxe with pepperoni, sausage, mushroom, and peppers, and Veggie with red or green peppers, mushrooms, broccoli, and marinated tomato. For an appetizer, you can get mozzarella sticks, zucchini sticks with ranch or marinara sauce, or breaded mushrooms.
Check out this bonus pick of our favorite Italian restaurant in Cleveland.
Check out the views of the city at 2100 Superior Viaduct at Luca Italian Cuisine. These, along with decadent menu items such as veal tortellini, could make for a romantic night out. More than 650 reviews on Google put Luca at a 4.6 star average. One Local Guide said he’d give more than five stars if he could! Another person, who rated it at five stars, recommended the lobster ravioli and said, “…From the beautiful atmosphere, fast and friendly service, to the amazing food it truly was an amazing evening out….Why are you still reading my review? Go there now!”
There’s valet parking and takeaway orders available at Luca. Call ahead to check on seating availability: +1 216 862 2761.
Well, it’s been a slice sharing this list of the best pizza in Cleveland with you! If you weren’t already craving pizza before you came across this article, you probably are now. What did you think? Did we miss any of your favorite pizza places in the area? If so, please reach out to our team at North Coast Auto Mall of Cleveland. We’ll make sure to update our list with your recommendations!