Fairlawn Restaurant Spotlight: Dewey’s Pizza
Dewey’s Pizza | 3265 W. Market St. | Fairlawn, OH
‘Tis the season. My mom and I were doing some Christmas shopping at Summit Mall last Saturday. We hit up Dillards, Macy’s, Cleveland Clothing Company, Where I’m From and Grandpa’s Cheesebarn. Side note: Don’t tell anyone, but the main reason we stopped by Grandpa’s Cheesebarn was for the free samples. Make sure to try the s’mores mix—you’ll thank me later. Upon conclusion, my mom asked if I wanted to grab lunch to celebrate my new job. Free food? I wasn’t saying no to that. Thanks mom! Our spot of choice … Dewey’s Pizza.
Located at the mall to the right of the food court entrance, Dewey’s is a 90-seat, 3,500 square-foot casual restaurant known for its creative pizza and salad combinations as well as a large selection of craft beers. Specialty pizzas (13 total) include Ryan’s Inferno—made with olive oil, mozzarella, buffalo chicken, gorgonzola, red onion, ranch dressing and celery—and the Bronx Bomber—a combination of red sauce, mozzarella, pepperoni, sausage, onions, mushrooms, black olives and green peppers. The atmosphere is modern and upscale, featuring custom music, high ceilings, exposed pipes and lots of natural light. A fun aspect of Dewey’s is that diners, through a kitchen window, can watch the restaurant’s chefs hand-toss fresh dough.
Dewey’s wisely allows its guests to split pizzas in half. Unable to choose just one item from the menu, my mom and I did just that, ordering a half-Hawaiian (pineapple and Canadian bacon), half-meatball pizza. We were thoroughly impressed with our selection. This was a delicious, high-quality pizza—fresh dough, flavorful ingredients and a soft, consistent texture. I had four slices and could have easily eaten more.
Truth be told, whenever I’m asked about my favorite pizza places in Cleveland, I always forget about Dewey’s. I’m not sure why, as I’ve been there numerous times—and every time it has been tremendous. Safe to say, I won’t be forgetting them anymore.
The service on our visit was solid. We were promptly greeted (and seated) by a hostess and had two attentive servers throughout our lunch. While prices are a bit high for my liking—most 11-inch pizzas are $16—I’m willing to pay provided Dewey’s continues to produce a quality product.
If you aren’t near Fairlawn, don’t fret. Dewey’s has other locations in Cleveland Heights and Lakewood. Honestly, it’s worth the drive from wherever you are in Greater Cleveland—the pizza is that good. Maybe I should get a second job so that my mom treats me to lunch there again. Anyways, what are you waiting for? See you at Dewey’s. Cheers!