Where it is: The greater Cleveland area
Why it's great: This pizzeria started in Tallmadge, Ohio, a suburb of Akron (which is itself a suburb of Cleveland) that you know only if you’ve ordered chrome wheels for your tricked-out Civic or if you follow elite Little League baseball. But over three decades Gionino's has become the go-to call for delivery or carryout pizza across the Cleveland area. The expansion came on the strength of its broasted chicken, extra spicy jojos, and, especially, the heavy-duty pies. Pizzas here go big on everything while somehow managing to avoid tipping over. These are saucy pies, built with with bright and herbaceous tomato sauce that's literally ladled on. Atop that sea of sauce, they add a quarter-inch of extra-milky mozzarella, which is baked until it begins to develop little brown leopard spots. This is a precarious blueprint for pizza construction, yet it works thanks to a base of spongy, pliable dough: like bamboo, it's strong, light, and flexible in a way that always surprises. Unlike bamboo, it's the building block on a fantastic pizza.