Verso has expanded the traditional range of Italian fare to include Verso chips ($7), a deliciously seasoned stack of house-made potato chips heaped with provolone cheese, chunks of bacon, and green onion. Basic pizzas range from $6 to $16 to start, depending on size and shape (circle or sheet—sheets require 12 to 24 hours of advance notice to ensure their 800-thread-count goodness). Try a specialty option, such as a Caribbean ($18 for a large), topped with honey-lime oil, provolone, jerk chicken, mangos, caramelized onions, and cilantro. Sandwiches are available for easy gripping—bite into a chicken Philly ($7) with roasted chicken, sautéed peppers, mushrooms, onions, and cheese served on a hoagie. Pasta ranges from $9 to $11, with meaty additions running an extra $2 to $3, and comes in every imaginable shape and length, including whole-wheat penne. Wash it all down with a variety of $2 beverages, or imbibe from the beer and wine lists ($4 to $16).
Eddie's Pizzeria Cerino serves fresh Italian dishes crafted with the fusion of family recipes and modern culinary experience. Owner Eddie Cerino's passion for food began in his grandmother's kitchen, where he would watch her prepare meals for friends and family. He took in the aromas and witnessed how, like receiving a paycheck delivered by puppies, her dishes would brighten guests' spirits. When forging his pizzeria's menu, Eddie combined his family's cherished recipes with techniques and flavors he discovered over the course of his career. Today, guests indulge their cravings with entrees prepared under the direction of a Cerino family member, such as gourmet pizzas topped with wild mushrooms and sausage and butternut-squash ravioli in a butter-sage sauce.
Guys Pizza Co.'s pie twirlers knead fresh, local ingredients into daily-made dough destined for pizzas or the eatery's signature Guyzone. Two large pizzas' traditional or thin-crust varieties can be customized with well-spiced seas of classic red, zesty red, white, or pesto sauce. Toppings shake up each slice, with selections ranging from banana peppers to pepperoni to onions capable of causing tears of joy. The mini Guyzone ($4.99, feeds one), the menu's juiced-up version of a calzone, challenges diners with a hefty pocket packed with cheese and three toppings, all bundled up to dunk in marinara, garlic-butter, or hot-buffalo sauces. The specialty pizza with white garlic sauce ($9.99 for a small) more closely resembles an exploded baked potato with smashed potatoes, bacon, cheddar, mozzarella, provolone and a side of sour cream.
The culinary technicians at Johnny Malloy's Sports Pub dish out a menu of palate-pleasing game-day specialties. Warm up injury-prone teeth with a quintet of wings ($4.25) in one of 15 flavors, from mild-mannered Texas sweet to saucy hot garlic buffalo. Carnivorous canines can chomp at the Malloy classic, a half-pound patty cloaked in melted swiss and sautéed mushrooms ($7.99) or a succulent half slab of ribs ($11.99). The mexican pizza, a dough disk painted in taco sauce, two cheeses, tortilla chips, and a multitude of south-of-the-border fixings ($12.99+), transports diners to the guacamole-paved streets of Cancun. A slice of creamy cheesecake ($3.99) sweetens the dessert menu.
Named Best Gourmet Pizza in 2010 by Cleveland Magazine, Angelo's Pizza's experienced dough-flingers conjure pies with freshly made sauce and crust alongside other Italian eats. Pizza incarnations range from the basic original with choice of toppings ($8.19+) to pies of a more radical aesthetic, such as the chicken mac 'n' cheese ($12.95–$22.25) and Acapulco barbecue chicken with pineapple and cinnamon ($12.95–$22.25). Pasta seekers can revel in spaghetti, cavatelli, penne, or fettuccini with veggie or meat toppings ($6.99–$12.29), ideal for satisfying midmeal urges to jump rope. The drink menu boasts local brews such as Great Lakes Dortmunder, as well as whites, reds, and soft drinks. Committed to customer service, Angelo's insists that patrons not 100% pleased with their eats get a replacement dish or a credit for their next visit.
While travelers from nearby Cleveland Hopkins International Airport enjoy Pasta Lear's Pizzeria and Deli's lunch six days a week, they aren't the only ones. When the auxiliary bishop of Cleveland, Roger Gries, visited Pasta Lear's Pizzeria and Deli in 2007, he was so impressed with the cuisine that he wrote a letter telling the owners that their linguine with clams in a white sauce was one of the best renditions of the dish he had ever tasted?even when compared to the times he ate the dish in Rome. Pasta Lear's still serves up this dish, with white or red sauce, plus other pastas, corned beef sandwiches, spinach salads, wraps, creative pizzas with such toppings as hot peppers stuffed with italian sausage. In addition to their local and international catering services, their private dining room is also available for rehearsal dinners, showers, and parties.