I love pizza, you love pizza, we all love pizza! The east side suburbs of Cleveland are the home to so many locally owned pizza restaurants, it’s hard to choose a favorite. Here are my top 6, in no particular order:

  1. Master Pizza at 6643 Mayfield Rd in Mayfield Heights: Founded in 1955, Master Pizza won an award as one of the Top 5 Pizzerias in the World at the International Pizza Challenge in Las Vegas. (Now there’s a competition I would love to judge!) They offer specials like the Loaded Baked Potato Pizza and Peppadew Punch, and their basic cheese and tomato sauce pizza is fantastic too. Check out theirwebsite.

  2. Geraci’s Pizza at 2266 Warrensville Center Road in University Heights: Also founded in the 1950’s, Geraci’s pizza recipe was created in a small village in Sicily, and the basic recipe has not been altered since then. Their homemade sauce has a rich tomato taste and their white pizza is out of this world. Don’t forget to bring cash when you visit Geraci’s, no credit cards are accepted. Here is their website.

  3. Vicinato Pizza at 5080 Mayfield Rd. in Lyndhurst: Another family-owned favorite, Vicinato has been in business for over 25 years. They offer a wide variety of toppings, and my special favorite is the fried eggplant. They even offer the option of a gluten-free crust. Find their website here.

  4. DeGaetano’s Village Square Pizza at 27349 Chagrin Blvd in Woodmere. Family-owned DeGaetano’s never disappoints. Their outstanding pizza is always delicious, and if you are a garlic-lover, try their white pizza. They always use ample amounts of garlic! Here is their website.

  5. Pizzazz on the Circle at 20680 John Carroll Blvd in University Heights. Pizzazz opened in 1975 and has been a local favorite ever since. The founders’ recipes are used today and they still hand-press their crusts. You can’t go wrong with their Classic Deluxe or Vegetable Deluxe pizzas. Their website is here.

  6. Noce Gourmet Pizzeria at 3365 Richmond Rd. Beachwood. An offshoot of the original Chardon location, Noce offers delicious pizza with everything made from scratch. They locally source any available ingredients (their farm suppliers are listed right on the menu!), and you can tell how fresh everything is when you taste this pizza. My favorites are the Rustica Roma and the Pizze Spinaci. Check out their website.


As you can see, there’s no shortage of delicious pizza choices here in Cleveland’s east-side suburbs. Which one will you try next?