4 restaurants in Greater Cleveland recognized by Food & Wine; Ohio ranked 9th best pizza state
CLEVELAND, Ohio – Food & Wine magazine ranked Ohio as the ninth best pizza state in the country, citing a slew of restaurants including Greater Cleveland, Geraci’s, Harlow’s, Il Rione, and Mama Santa’s.
The ranking is a timely look at pizza, a sector of the restaurant industry that has held up well during the pandemic, with its delivery distribution already established at a time when the take-out model was being adopted and improved upon.
“When it comes to pizza, it’s as balkanized a state as you’ll find it, with each city and region having its own unique style,” writes David Landsel of the magazine.
Says the magazine about the four places:
“In Cleveland, there are pan-style pizzas topped with a provolone at institutions like Geraci’s in University Heights, now over half a century old, or Mama Santa, in the city’s Little Italy. … At some point, however, you’ll be happy to return to the gift of pizza, and there have been some awesome new developments – there are the beautiful Neo-Neapolitan pies at Il Rione, one of Cleveland’s best restaurants, summer nights and Margherita pizza on Harlow’s Terrace in Lakewood. … ”
The magazine has done a good job covering the entire state, with Steubenville, Youngstown, Columbus, Miamisburg and Dayton all receiving nods, as well as Akron for their cheese-topped salads (clearly a hat to Luigi’s) .
By the way, it was an East Coast triumvirate at the top, with New Jersey, Connecticut and New York taking the top three spots respectively.
Here is the full list.
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