There’s no wrong time for pizza, but this is an especially good week to enjoy some in Greater Cleveland.
Cleveland Pizza Week began Monday and runs through Sunday. During this seven-day stretch, you can enjoy a pizza for $8 from 30 local restaurants. Each place has pizza specifically made for this week.
You can try all 30 pizza joints if your time and your tummy allow. Besides a few extra pounds, and maybe indigestion, you could end up with $250 in gift cards. Download a passport and get it stamped at each restaurant where you get your Cleveland Pizza Week pizza. If your passport has at least four stamps, submit it online for a chance to win the gift cards.
Tonight my friend Moe and I kicked off our Cleveland Pizza Week at Eddie’s Pizzeria Cerino in Seven Hills. Neither of us had been there before, but the Cerino name was enough to persuade us to try it. This place is run by the family behind Carrie Cerino’s, the North Royalton restaurant and party center established in the early 1960s, and Fast Eddie’s Kitchen & Bar in Parma.
Eddie’s is offering two Pizza Week pies — Sis’s Pig & Fig and the Toscana. The first one features fig preserves, prosciutto ham, caramelized onions, mozzarella and gorgonzola cheese baked golden brown and topped with arugula and an extra virgin olive oil drizzle. We got the Toscana, which has red sauce, mozzarella and provolone cheese, prosciutto ham, artichokes, capers & pepperoni.
Our server told us we could leave any of the toppings off our $8 pizza, but we couldn’t add toppings. We split the six-slice, 13-inch pizza, which is larger than Eddie’s small pizza but smaller than its medium pie. It looked really good, but hunger made me forget to take a picture for this post before we dug in. I generally prefer a thick crust, but this thin-crusted pizza — with all the toppings — was delicious. Sharing it meant we had room for dessert, which we also split.
Three slices of pizza, a small dish of spumoni and a pop cost each of us $9.06 before tip. We split everything more as a means of conserving calories than conserving cash, so the bill was a pleasant surprise that capped off a great dinner.