Charming Cleveland pizzeria Il Rione does what it does well

What: Il Rione, a pizzeria that serves New York-style pizza and salads.

Where: 1303 W. 65th St., Cleveland

When it’s open: 4 to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 4 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday.

Why you should go: The area right around Il Rione “has been referred to as the West Side Little Italy.” The restaurant has chosen to have a small menu they do really well, that extends from its pizza offerings to the four cocktails offered from the bar.

What you should eat/drink: There are a few different options, starting with three basic meatless pies — a Margherita ($13/$17), a White ($13/$17) and a marinara ($11/$15) — to which you can add a number of toppings, each for an additional price. Everything from pepperoni and sausage to prosciutto and anchovy to portobello mushrooms and calabrian chiles, for $1 to $3 depending on the topping and the size of the pie. There also are six pizzas listed under Suggested Pies, each of which is likely to sound varying degrees of tasty depending on your likes and dislikes,

How to get more information: Visit

A version of this story was originally published on and Image: The Clam Pie at Il Rione is a tremendous hybrid of a seafood dish and a pizza (Mark Meszoros).

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