We may not be Chicago or New York City, but we've got plenty of amore for Cleveland's own style of pizza. Here are two spots that are in the dough-how.
Sure, you may have to wait two hours to nab a pepperoni pizza ($10.75, large) at Mama Santa's. But the Little Italy institution knows how to do pies right. Hand-tossed dough cradles house-made sauce, mounds of mozzarella and thick slices of pepperoni before taking a turn in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes. It may seem like a long time, but it's worth the wait. Your patience will be rewarded with a crunchy, crispy crust. 12301 Mayfield Road, Cleveland, 216-231-9567, mamasantas.com
If you're looking for a bailout from those tired delivery options, hand over your euros to Crust and order its Greek-inspired Spanakopita pizza ($17.95). Topped with fresh spinach, roasted garlic puree, feta cheese, fresh lemon zest, cracked black pepper and drizzled with extra-virgin olive oil, it's a foreign exchange worth every last penny. 1020 Kenilworth Ave., Cleveland, 216-583-0257; 3000 St. Clair Ave., Cleveland, 216-589-9711, crusttremont.com