Photo of pepperoni pizza at Citizen Pie

A Slice of Cleveland: Citizen Pie

Whether you like it extra cheesy, loaded with pineapples, gluten-free or stacked high with vegetables—the possibilities are endless when it comes to pizza. Pizza parlors and pie lovers from around the country celebrated National Pizza Day on Feb. 9—but The Daily has two more stops on the Cleveland pizza tour. We’ll give you the inside slice on Wednesdays through the end of February. 

Photo of pepperoni pizza at Citizen Pie

With a glimpse of warmer weather in the forecast  today, now is a good time to explore Cleveland and check out our third stop on the Cleveland pizza tour: Citizen Pie. 

Citizen Pie specializes in wood-fired pizza and currently operates two locations: one on E. 4th Street and the other on Waterloo Road (Another location on W. 25th Street is temporarily closed). At either location, each pie is carefully baked to perfection at 900 degrees for 90 seconds—just enough time for the cheese to melt and the dough to unevenly brown and bubble. 

The old-world, Neapolitan-inspired pizzas are slightly charred on the outside—but light and fluffy on the inside. Using only natural ingredients, Citizen Pie takes pride in making its dough as it’s made in Naples, Italy—naturally leavening it for long periods of time at room temperature. 

On the Menu

Red pizzas, which start off with a tomato sauce base, are in large supply at Citizen Pie. Try the Roman Pizza (mozzarella, oil cured in olives, green chili, stracciatella and basil) or the Little Italy Pizza (mozzarella, Italian sausage, roasted peppers, red onion, basil and oregano) for a classic experience.

If your go-to is extra cheese, white pizzas, which begin with a cheese base, are a must. Give the Cacio E Pepe Pizza a try, which includes mozzarella, pecorino, stracciatella, garlic, black pepper and basil; or, taste the Americano Pizza, which features mozzarella, pistachio cream, Italian sausage, red and green onion and Calabrian chili. 

All together, Citizen Pie offers more than 15 specialty pizzas. You can also build your own pie or opt for a calzone.  And, at the Citizen Pie Roman Cafe on E. 4th Street, you’ll find a variety of pizzas as well as drip coffee, espresso, cold brew and a number of other beverages.

The Reviews Are In

Photo of the exterior of Citizen Pie

If you browsed the menus and can’t make up your mind on what to order, let Google reviewers do the work for you. Reviews of Citizen Pie’s Collinwood location reveal a few favored items: 

  • Margherita Pizza, a red pizza featuring mozzarella cheese and basil
  • Smoked Pepperoni Pizza, a red pizza featuring pepperoni, mozzarella cheese and oregano 
  • Spinach Pizza, a white pizza featuring mozzarella, walnut pesto, bacon, cherry tomatoes and red onion

Grab a Pie

Ready to try Citizen Pie for yourself? Order takeout  or delivery, or dine in at the Collinwood location at 15710 Waterloo Road between noon and 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, or noon to 7 p.m. Sunday. The restaurant is closed on Monday. 

Alternatively, check out the Citizen Pie Roman Cafe at 2057 E. 4th St. It’s open 11 a.m. through 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. It’s closed on Sunday. Check out the website for more information.