An Introduction to Citizen Pie

Citizen Pie was opened by a man who emigrated from Lithuania. He prefers to make his pizzas in a wood fired oven at an extremely high temperature. With an oven heated to roughly 900 degrees, each pizza takes about 90 seconds to cook. He now has 2 locations, including this one on Waterloo road. Citizen Pie is so popular, it was recently included in our Best Pizza Restaurants in Cleveland article. Keep scrolling for more information about Citizen Pie below!

Here is a quick overview of Citizen Pie from Google Reviews:

Citizen Pie

15710 Waterloo Rd #1660, Cleveland, OH 44110, United States

Neapolitan pizzas are served in easy going digs with an open kitchen & colorful Pop Art.

Comfort food · Quick bite · Cosy

4.6 Stars, 419 Reviews, $$

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In addition to specialty red and white pizzas, Citizen Pie has a build your own pie option. Additionally, this pizzeria offers a couple options for calzones. The menu may be small, but by sticking to what they do best, these pizzas are great and the high reviews speak for themselves. one of the higher star ratings for a pizza restaurant in the city.

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Yelp Reviews

Below are a few reviews from Yelp from Citizen Pie. Hear from other people who have already eaten at Citizen Pie to help you determine if this is your next pizza destination in Cleveland. Read about their experiences so you can know what to expect.

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Review 1:

Finally got to try the Ohio City Citizen Pie during Pizza Week.  This location is a bit bigger then the original, decor is a wall full of photos and posters.  There is a long bar around the kitchen and a number of small tables. I ordered the $8 margherita pizza; a nice sized pie topped with grated and fresh mozzarella cheese, sauce and fresh basil.  All of the ingredients are high quality and the extremely hot wood fired oven cooks the pies very quickly and manages to bring all the elements together.  The pie is simple, but the cheese has great flavor, which is highlighted by the puddles of sweet tomato sauce and pungent basil.   The star of the pie is the incredible crust; just thick enough to support the toppings it is is slightly chewy on the outside and the perfectly soft on the inside.  The high heat adds some slightly seared portions with a smokey flavor. Citizen Pie offers a superior pizza, high quality ingredients all cooked in a true wood fired oven.  The Ohio City location has beer and wine available and also has special pricing at lunch and during happy hour.  If you want a really great pizza give Citizen Pie a try.

Review 2:

Stopped in one weekend afternoon. Chill vibe. Friendly and helpful staff. Since I always get the Pepe and they didn't have the Figgy Piggy, I went crazy and got the Mushroom $16, but without mushrooms on it. (I just can't do chunks of that mushy fungus.) Not a cheap pie, and I don't eat the crust, but it was good. Bacon makes anything good though. I tried a little red sauce on the side: straight up if you picked a tomato and pureed it that would give you this sauce. I like my tomatoes covered up with spices and other flavors.I'll be honest, I'm more of a Detroit style pizza fan, but Citizen Pie wins it for Wood-Fired style.

Review 3:

First class stone oven pizza.Stopped in for a "fast" lunch. The pizza choices are pre established not sure how open they are to creating your own as I did not see a list of toppings. The pizzas consist of white and red. As in red sauce or white as in no red but other bases. We chose 2. First a marinara off the red side which was a cheeseless choice with a nice depth of flavor without the dairy. Fresh basil made this pie very enjoyable.My husband chose a ham and cheese from the white side.We decided the topping qualities were wonderful. You can tell care and concern went into the selection of toppings. Evident as well as we watched a lunch only sandwich option being prepared as we stood in line to order. Size of the pizzas are enough to share. We saw a table if 3 with 3 pizzas and they had a lot to take home. Where we fell short was the flavor of the crust. We both agreed it just had no flavor. It came out crisp but the flavor just wasn't there. The young lady who took our order was pleasant. The 2 men never smiled and when we asked for a box we were lectured on how wood oven pizza was best eaten there. Yes understood but when running late you do what you have to do. I was able to crisp it back up in my oven no problem.The beverage situation is dismal. Would be better to have bottled waters as an option to the self serve water, and if you are going to offer bottled tea step up the game to a higher quality option.

Wrap Up

Citizen Pie is one of the more popular options in Cleveland if you’re searching for a great slice. Next time you’re hungry and don’t know where your next meal will come from, remember to head over the Citizen Pie.

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