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Best Pizza in Clevelend?

Perilagu Khan Dec 28, 2009 08:30 AM

Any pizza recommendations for this city?

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  1. NancyH RE: Perilagu Khan Dec 28, 2009 10:44 AM

    Depends - what style of pizza do you like?

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      Perilagu Khan RE: NancyH Dec 28, 2009 11:10 AM

      New York style. Thin, borderline charred crust. Quite a bit of sauce (preferably pretty tangy), not too heavy on the cheese and toppings.

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        NancyH RE: Perilagu Khan Dec 28, 2009 11:23 AM

        As a misplaced New Yorker, I have a definite opinion on this! The only place I've found in Cleveland that makes true New York pizza is Vincezna's, which is downtown and only open for lunch during the week. Marrotta's in Cleveland Hts. is also very close. But these are not like John's of Bleeker Street - these are more like the slices you would get at any NY pizzeria.

        However, for Neapolitan style, which is thin and a bit charred, we have three excellent options: Lolita in Tremont, Bar Cento in Ohio City, and Crostatas in the Eastern suburbs.

        Bar Cento
        1948 West 25th Street, Cleveland, OH 44113

        900 Literary Rd, Cleveland, OH 44113

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          mrsbuffer RE: NancyH Mar 27, 2014 01:23 PM

          We lucked onto Crostata's today at lunchtime and were very impressed. We're also displaced New Yorkers extremely discouraged by the dreck out here (we're in Mentor). Tony Sacco's is acceptable, too. They are at the Great Lakes Mall.

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            mrnyc RE: NancyH Apr 18, 2014 09:21 AM

            and since this thread was revived and as a longtime ny'er and ex-cleveland kid, i second vincenzas (avoid deweys cinci chain its bad). but really when in rome you might learn to love the local cleveland style, ie., angelos, mama santos, etc., which is thicker crust and great in its own ways. after all as they used to say ny may be the big apple, but cleveland's a plum.

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          cheesecake RE: NancyH Dec 28, 2009 01:53 PM

          Although very different from each other, I really like Dewey's (http://www.deweyspizza.com/) and everyone seems to love love love Geraci's. (Diners Drive-in and Dives was just there.) I join you in the quest for outstanding pizza, but must admit, I rarely meet a pizza I don't like. Mmmmm.....pizza!

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            NancyH RE: cheesecake Dec 29, 2009 07:04 AM

            I found the sauce at Dewey's too sweet for my taste, though the crust was ok. If I'm in that neighborhood, though, I'd rather have Marotta's.

            Geraci's is an excellent example of Cleveland style pizza - but it is definitely Cleveland and not NY style - thicker dough, small "cuts" instead of foldable slices, cooked in a pan and not on the oven floor. Not what the OP is looking for.

        3. AllesandroSprezzatura RE: Perilagu Khan Dec 28, 2009 11:23 AM

          NY style is practiucally non-existant.
          Vincenza's on Prospect downtown, except it is not open at night or weekends.
          I've heard of Capri in Middleburgh Heights, but that is way beyond my radius for pizza.

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            rockandroller1 RE: AllesandroSprezzatura Dec 29, 2009 04:22 AM

            I used to recommend Capri, but since the owner retired, the pizza is just not as good as it used to be. It was the only NY style I've found that I liked here.

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            nucilla RE: Perilagu Khan Dec 28, 2009 01:04 PM

            Angelo's in Lakewood

            1. Perilagu Khan RE: Perilagu Khan Dec 28, 2009 06:46 PM

              I've heard decent things about a place called Nunzio's. Any of y'all chowhounds sample their fare?

              PS--Sorry about the typo in the thread title. I really do know it's ClevelAnd. ;)

              1. AllesandroSprezzatura RE: Perilagu Khan Dec 29, 2009 11:27 AM

                Valentino's on Murray Hill Rd. is thin-ish and saucy, closer to NY style than the others.

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                  kathrynanne RE: Perilagu Khan Dec 30, 2009 04:41 AM

                  I agree with Angelo's as the best in Cleveland pizza but it is NOT NY style. The crust is thick, the toppings are generous. They have the best, most flavorful sausage. I lived for awhile in NYC, and then for several years in Chicago, and I like Angelo's pizza better. Also, I totally think Geraci's and Mama Santa's are overrated, but that can stir up a lot of emotions on this board!

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                    jerseygirlinOHIO RE: Perilagu Khan Apr 12, 2010 03:05 PM

                    There isn't even "good pizza" in Cleveland. I've lived on the westside for 18 years and haven't found a decent pie yet. I've tried them all, eastside, westside, downtown and south nothing even comes close to NJ/NY pizza. It is the absolute best!
                    The only pizza I'll eat here is from Players on Madison.

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                      ladybugthepug RE: jerseygirlinOHIO Mar 27, 2014 08:12 PM

                      Sorry, but there is some truth to it....

                    2. uhockey RE: Perilagu Khan Apr 12, 2010 03:59 PM

                      I'd say Bar Cento is putting out some of the best pizza in the state of Ohio - definitely worth checking out.

                      Bar Cento
                      1948 West 25th Street, Cleveland, OH 44113

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