If you've been reading Dishcrawl for any stretch of time by now, you know the drill. We love pizza, you love pizza, so we share the love and highlight a few of the best stops in your neck of the woods. Today's topic of discussion is discovering the best Cleveland pizza places. Whether you're a Neopolitan puritan, a Cleveland-style die-hard, or just want an old-school slice, we've got some excellent options for you.
So, let's dive right in, shall we?
While The Cleveland Pizza Company began as a family-owned joint, they've grown quite quickly over the past decade. They've expanded into three locations, and have managed to maintain the same level of quality across locations - a notoriously challenging undertaking. While The Cleveland Pizza Company obviously serves pizzas in the classic, greasy Cleveland-style, they also serve a number of other entrees.
From stromboli and subs to calzones and wings, The Cleveland Pizza Company is an excellent one-stop-shop for the whole family. The next time your family is mere inches from hunger-induced nastiness - give Cleveland Pizza Co. a call.
Established in 2017, Il Rione is a standout in the Cleveland Pizza scene. They took over a circa-1917 old-school pub, and have earned a reputation for some of the best New York-Style pizza in Ohio. If you're a fan of big slices, greasy toppings, and rustic, welcoming dining areas, Il Rione is likely your best bet in the city.
Give Il Rione a try the next time you're struggling with the reality of New York-style pies in Cleveland (i.e. they're nearly impossible to find!) - you won't be disappointed.
Vero Pizza Napoletana is one of the few Neopolitan-style Cleveland pizza places left. It's often a one-man show, but those who've been in the pizza scene for a while know that means it's usually the best possible pie you'll find in miles. Vero is no exception, as shown by the extremely limited menu, focusing on only serving the absolute best produce, meat, cheese, and daily-made dough.
If you're wondering what the experience at Vero will be like, I encourage you to check out their "Pizza & The Pizza Maker" page. It is written by the owner and chef, Marc-Aurele Buholzer in plain words that communicate a love for food and little else, meaning you know the pies will be top-notch.
Finally, we have the honorable mention section of our list. While these stops didn't quite make their way into the top three, they've earned recognition - so recognition they will get!
Athens Pizzeria is another local small chain. With two locations in Cleveland (West Park and Lorain), they serve up classic Cleveland-style pizzas. There is no fuss about the pies here, rather, Athens embraces pizza with all of its might. The grease, the crunch, the smell - they're each integral to the Athens Pizzeria experience.
The next time you're feeling a hankering for some of the best Cleveland pizza possible, give Athens a try. You'll be greeted with one of the largest, most inviting pies to ever grace your dinner table, couch, bed, or wherever you choose to dine (we don't judge).
And finally, we make it to the last entry in our list. While Edison's Pizza Kitchen may not be the most fancy pizza stop in Cleveland, they've got a few things going for them. Namely, their adorable outdoor garden patio, complete with a little fountain and pond. Oh! And the pizza - we can't forget that. It's a by-the-slice joint, and perhaps the best spot to end a night on the town with a carb-loaded slice to soak up your sins.
For those late-night hooligans, pizza connoisseurs, and girl's night parties, Edison's Pizza Kitchen is an excellent way to wrap up the night's festivities - so don't skip out.
If you don't feel like dining out, consider cooking your own pizza at home on your own pizza oven! Be sure to check out our reviews of the Best Indoor and Outdoor Pizza Ovens. Making pizza is even more fun than dining out!