Any conversation about the best pizza in Cleveland MUST include the Lakewood institution, Angelo’s Pizza. Actually, any conversation I engage in about the best pizza in America (which is probably more frequent than it should be) includes Angelo’s at the very top. This is what I told my parents who asked recently where I might want to eat for dinner on my birthday. So, this past Sunday I made the very short trip across the border. Needless to say, it did not disappoint.
As an appetizer we got the spinach and artichoke dip which was friggin amazing. It wasn’t overly creamy like some places where it’s almost like a thick soup and the flavor was blended excellence with the right amount of cheese and spinach without the an abundance of the oft-powerful artichoke intruding.
Now, the creme de la creme…the pizzas. My mother and sister ordered the seafood pizza while my father and I agreed to split a deep-dish meat lover’s. My god were they amazing. The deep dish crust is the key for something like the meat lover’s. It’s never overcooked and you can taste the butter in the crust with a hint of seasoning and (I think) garlic. But it is so flavorful. The sauce and meat mix was truly perfect.
As for the seafood pizza, well it’s easy to imagine a place getting a bit too cute with something like this but that pizza was every bit as good, if not better, than the meat lovers. The lobster cream sauce they use was edible bliss and the whole pizza was visually stunning to look at.
As you may already know, Angelo’s is a favorite Cleveland haunt of Tom Hanks who lived in the suburb 40 years ago. So, if the only man to win back-to-back Best Actor Oscars is supporting you, that’s rarefied company. (Ironically, kid you not, Sully was on TV at the time we were there. So I asked one of the hostesses if a Hanks-movie is playing at all times Which by the way wouldn’t be the worst idea a restaurant had.
I won’t say that their pizza (especially the specialty ones) is inexpensive, as far as pizza goes. That would be about the only thing negative I could say about their pies or the experience overall. But, it’s worth every cent.
Between Angelo’s and Pier W, along with Melt (which I have to give another chance) and countless other restaurants, it’s no wonder that Lakewood is so high on cuisine-lovers lists.
13715 Madison Ave. Lakewood