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A Slice of Happiness: 4 Cleveland pizza spots we love

Whether you like it covered in meats or vegetables, smothered in red sauce, topped with gooey cheese, dripping with garlic, sprinkled with parmesan, deep dish, or thin-crusted; most of us can agree that pizza is a gift bestowed upon us by the food gods. But not all pizza is created equal, and it’s our mission to provide you with the information you need to satisfy your deepest darkest pizza cravings. There are hundreds of quality pizza joints in The Land, but here are a few of our favorite places you have to try.

  1. Il Rione: We are listing this place first because it is run by two of the friendliest dudes we’ve ever met, and that isn’t even the best thing about this place. Their pizza is truly incredible  — the sauce is so good that the cheese is just an added bonus to the ensemble, and the crust is crisped perfection. We love their location in Gordon Square that was renovated from a literal crack house into a chic yet cozy hang with an awesome patio. Il Rione means “the neighborhood” and we just love the way they make you feel like family whenever you stop by.
  2. Citizen Pie: Self-professed “Pizza for the people”, Citizen Pie offers brick oven-bakedcitizen pie Neopolitan pizza at their two locations in Ohio City and Waterloo. In true Italian style, the crust is thin and soft but durable enough to support the weight of mozzarella cheese and heart toppings. Order your pizza (and perhaps a bottle of wine) at the counter, then relax and enjoy the laid-back atmosphere and pop art selection.
  3. Edison’s: Everyone loves pizza by the slice! Edison’s may not have a reputation for being the best pizza to eat at 2 AM, but I can tell you first-hand that this pizza is good at all times of the day. Sober or not, this pizza is delicious. One amazing thing about Edison’s is that they go ALL out with the toppings, I’m pretty sure they’re on their way to setting a record for how many pepperonis can fit on one slice of pizza. This pizza is gooey and greasy and best drizzled with the honey packets that they provide. Enjoy it at the bar, playing a game of pool, or on their laid-back patio in the warmer months!
  4. Harlow’s: I didn’t know how beautiful pizza could be until I visited Harlow’s. Known for their extremely aesthetic space (and Instagram) and quality ingredients, Harlow’s is sure to make you a believer. They have a small menu with five pizzas to choose from and no substitutions allowed, but only because they have perfected the art of pizza making and you just can’t mess with art. Harlow’s also happens to tout one of the most aesthetic patios in Lakewood. You may go to Harlow’s for the gram but you’ll stay for the pizza and refreshing cocktails.

That’s all for now but we are already planning our next ‘za post! What pizza joint should we check out next?

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77 Things to do in Cleveland this Summer

Have your best summer yet! Here’s a list of 75 things that you can do in Cleveland, most of them any day of the week. If you’re in The Land, boredom is not an option.

  1. Have a picnic at Wendy Park
  2. Get boujee by the pool at FWD Day + Night Club
  3. Cool off with some shaved ice at Westcott’s Arctic Ice
  4. Have a drink on the Collision Brewing Company Patio
  5. Rent a jet-ski at Great Lakes Watersports
  6. Do the shuffle at Forest City Shuffleboard
  7. Play giant jenga at Nano Brew
  8. Enjoy a glass of wine on the Rocky River Wine Bar patio
  9. Have lunch by the water at Merwin’s Wharf
  10. Take a hike in the Emerald Necklace
  11. Behold a waterfall at the Rocky River Reservation
  12. See a concert at Jacob’s Pavillion
  13. Fly a kite at Edgewater Park
  14. Check out the view from Azure Rooftop Lounge
  15. Act like a kid at Cedar Point
  16. Feed the giraffes at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
  17. Take a tour of the U.S.S. Cod
  18. Take a stroll down East 4th St.
  19. Watch the boats go by at Shooters on the Water
  20. Enjoy University Circle, especially the Cleveland Art Museum (it’s free!)
  21. Watch a movie under the stars in Coventry
  22. Take your puppy to the Downtown Cleveland Dog Park
  23. Have an ice cream cone at Mason’s Creamery
  24. Hear local bands at Edgewater Live on Thursdays
  25. Splash in the fountains at Cleveland Square
  26. Waste a day in Margaritaville
  27. Wine and dine under twinkling lights on the Vosh/Georgetown patio
  28. Explore with Cleveland Cycle Tours
  29. Go for a swim at Foster Pool
  30. Feed the ducks at Clague or Walker Park
  31. Take a ride on the Cleveland Brew Bus
  32. Chill on the giant waterfront staircase at Lakewood Park
  33. Live your best life on the patio at Platform Brewery
  34. Spend the day at the Cleveland Museum of Art
  35. Eat everything in sight at Little Italy
  36. Ride scooters around downtown
  37. Take a stroll down the Erie Canalway
  38. Get spooked by the Haserot Angel
  39. Drink something tropical at Porko
  40. Visit one (or all) of Cleveland’s many community gardens
  41. Sit by the fire at Das Schnitzel Haus
  42. Play mini-golf and eat candy at Sweeties
  43. Wine tasting at Heinen’s downtown
  44. Enjoy a cup of fair trade, organic coffee on Dewey’s patio
  45.  Visit the market at Cavotta’s Garden Center
  46. Take in the view at Voinovich Park
  47. See the sights on Lolly Trolly
  48. Check out a book from the Cleveland library, then read it outside
  49. Drink frosé at The Plum
  50. Get naughty-cal on The Goodtime III
  51. Try paddleboard yoga at SUP Cle
  52. Demolish a hot dog at Happy Dog
  53. Visit the rooftop bar at Greenhouse Tavern
  54. Pasta on the patio at Lockkeepers
  55. Have a beer or play volleyball at Whiskey Island
  56. Party your pants off on the Punchbowl Social roof deck
  57. Go shopping and eat lunch at Crocker Park or Pinecrest
  58. Reel in your catch on Fishcrazy Charters
  59. Learn to rock climb at Nosotros
  60. Explore nature at Brookside Reservation
  61. Play kickball at Tuland Park
  62. See the skyline at Bar 32
  63. Walk around the shops in Gordon Square (or Shaker) Square.
  64. Eat a corndog on a picnic table at Larder
  65. Bask in the sun at Euclid Beach Park or Huntington Beach
  66. Take pictures at the Cleveland script signs
  67. Go to the reflection pond at University Circle
  68. Watch the baseball game on the huge screen on the patio at Jukebox
  69. Ride bikes on the Tow Path
  70. Play volleyball at Mulberry’s in the Flats
  71. See CLE from a new angle on a helicopter tour with Paratus Air
  72. Kayak on the Cuyahoga River
  73. Have a refreshing bubble tea at Thai Thai
  74. Throwdown at Cleveland Axe Throwing
  75. Drink and drive at Topgolf (get it?)
  76. Go-karting at Airport Go-Karts
  77. Visit Squires Castle! Wear hiking boots to explore the woods behind it.

How many of these can you check off this summer? Anything on your summer to-do list that we missed?

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A Weekend in Cleveland Heights with @secondcityguides

How to Spend a Weekend in Cleveland Heights

EAT

Fresh Fix – This small grab-and-go sandwich and smoothie shop took us by complete surprise. We went in expecting sugary fruit smoothies and basic sandwiches, only to discover they serve a large menu of healthy and tasty sandwiches. Plus, Fresh Fix boasts a stellar lineup of fruit and veggie smoothies named after our favorite ‘90s artists (try the Madonna Mango, Fresh Prince, and C-Low Green, for example). Fresh Fix has several vegan and vegetarian options, all reasonably priced, making it a stand-by for locals to enjoy regularly. Bonus: the shop is decorated with fun photos and art of ‘90s icons including TLC, Zack Morris, and Michael Jackson.

Boss Dog BrewingCleveland has such a fun brewery scene, but our favorite in Cleveland Heights is hands down Boss Dog Brewing. It’s only been open for less than a year, but it became a Lee Road staple this summer, partly due to their spacious outdoor patio. We recommend trying the red potato and cheddar pierogi, plus a few items off their bar snack menu.

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Photo via Anatolia Café of Kazandibi, a Turkish dessert

Anatolia CaféA taste of Turkey in Cleveland! We love the atmosphere of this family-friendly Turkish & Mediterranean restaurant that has won over East Siders the past 10 years. The food is just as authentic as the staff, who would stop at tables to visit with family and friends dining around us, when we were there last. We honestly could go there once a day just to eat the fresh hummus and pita bread. Tip: If you’re too stuffed to order dessert, ask for their homemade baklava to-go and enjoy later at home.

SHOP

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Gleena Ceramics – Stop into Gleena Ceramics to fall in love with the works of local artist, Asya Palatova. Her handmade collection consists of tableware, trinket dishes, vases, planters, and more. They’re all made in her studio, just behind the front shop space. If you’re lucky, you get to see her at work when you first walk in! The shop also sells cards, plants, and other cute items that would make perfect gifts.

The Cleveland Candle Company – “I don’t need another candle,” said no one ever. With fall just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to go stock up on seasonal scents for cozy nights at home (they have a scent named “Jumping into Leaves” – can’t get more fall than that!). The shop is located on Coventry Road, so plan to spend some time walking around the area into other nearby shops.

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DorNee – We love the sense of community among Cleveland business owners, and that is exactly how we discovered DorNee, a local soap and skincare shop on Taylor Road. When speaking with the nearby owner of Gleena Ceramics, she told us you MUST stop by DorNee’s down the road (#womenwhosupportwomen). When you step inside you’ll immediately be hit with all the wonderful scents from her homemade products. In fact, DorNee owner Torrian Denise was in the back mixing up a fresh batch of soap while we shopped around. Her products are all natural and contain no harmful ingredients. You can even find them in Whole Foods stores across Northeast Ohio – a testament to the quality and healing ingredients she uses. We have our eyes on a scent called “Autumnberry” and will be back to pick it up soon!

DO

Quintana’s Salon & Day Spa – Shhh… this place is still a secret to many, but we’re going to fill you in on this East Side gem. Quintana’s is known for being one of the best barbershops in Cleveland, but it’s new claim to fame is the secret speakeasy the owners added just a few years ago. Located inside a 1920s colonial house, the first floor is a traditional barbershop where you’ll see customers in vintage barber chairs getting a shave, but then if you walk upstairs you’ll discover a secret bookcase passage (yes, just like the movies!) that will lead you to a hidden bar and lounge. Go for a spa treatment or haircut, then head to the speakeasy for artisanal cocktails, live music, and an atmosphere you won’t find anywhere else in Cleveland.

Studio How-To

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A newer addition to the Cleveland Heights area is Studio How-To, a space for people to come together and create. Studio How-To focuses on handcrafts, from embroidery and sewing to calligraphy and block printing. We love that you don’t have to be super creative or skilled to attend a workshop – they encourage people of all skill levels to relax and enjoy the experience of making something! They also offer private workshops. How fun would it be to get a group of people together for a special occasion or even just to try something new? You can view the calendar of upcoming workshops here

Cedar Lee Theatre – Christmas Day 1925 is when the Cedar Lee Theatre first opened its doors – then a 1,100-seat, single-screen theatre (can you imagine!?). You may no longer be able to watch a movie in that massive space, as it was renovated to fit multiple rooms like most movie theatres today, but you can still take in a piece of history by heading to the theatre to watch a movie. Catch some of the best indie and foreign films, then snap a photo in front of the popular “Cedar Lee” marquee.

*This article was written by Megan Breehl of @secondcityguides – if you aren’t already following along, I encourage you to check our her Instagram right away. She takes gorgeous photos highlighting the beautiful + magical spots in Cleveland, as well as other underrated cities.

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What To Do in Cleveland

We get a few DM’s a week asking for recommendations on what to do while in town. One of our FAVORITE things to do is to play tour guide when friends are in town – it is SO fun to surprise them with a side of the city they may not have been expecting. We’ve been exploring Cleveland for a few years so I can only tell you about the places we’ve experienced firsthand, but it’ll at least get you headed in the right direction. That being said, here is our Unofficial Guide to a Fun Weekend in The Land. I obviously don’t expect you to make it to every place on the list, I only expect you to try 😉

PIZZA

Il Rione

Saucy Brew Works

Mikey’s Pizza

Edison’s Pub

Citizen Pie

For more pizza details, check out our post dedicated to delicious local pizza.

 

COFFEE/TEA

Cleveland Tea Revival

COFFEE COFFEE COFFEE

Rising Star

Phoenix

Brewellas

 

BRUNCH

Townhall 

The Plum 

Soho Chicken + Whiskey 

The Black Pig

Cleveland Vegan

XYZ The Tavern

Luxe

Spice

Not exactly brunch, but we can’t leave out Brewnuts

 

SUSHI

Ginko

Mizu

Shuhei

Pacific East

Parallax

 

ICE CREAM

Mitchell’s Ice Cream

Mason’s Creamery   (switches seasonally between ice cream and ramen)

Piccadilly Creamery

Jeni’s

 

NIGHT OUT

The Flats – Punchbowl Social, Coastal Taco, Collision Bend, Magnolia, FWD (seasonal)

Ohio City – Townhall, Nano Brew, Market Garden Brewery, Bar Cento

East 4th St – Butcher and the Brewer, Zocalo Tequileria, The Corner Alley, The Greenhouse Tavern

West 6th – Barley House, The Velvet Dog, Dive Bar

Hofbraushaus

 

BREWERIES

Platform  *

Great Lakes Brewery

Masthead Brewing Co.

Southern Tier

Market Garden

Forest City

 

SIGHTS/MUSEUMS/ENTERTAINMENT

The Arcade

Terminal Tower Mall

The West Side Market

Edgewater Beach

Emerald Necklace

Destination Cleveland Signs

Christmas Story House

Cleveland Cultural Gardens

Check out the view from Bar 32

Cleveland Zoo

Cleveland Museum of Art *

Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Museum of Natural History

Botanical Gardens

Catch a show at Playhouse Square

Test your thinking skills at Escape Room at Perplexity Games

Bowling/see live music at Mahall’s

House of Blues

Dueling Pianos at Big Bang

Indoor Mini-Golf, Bowling, karaoke, and games at Punchbowl Social

 

SHOPPING

Food – West Side Market, Heinen’s Downtown

Crocker Park

Pinecrest

ETON

Gordon Square – Oceanne, Fount Leather, Land of Plenty

Wild Cactus Boutique

AWARE Marketplace

Cleveland Heights shops and eats listed here

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