Master Pizza captured the award as one of the best "Top 5 Pizzerias in the World" at the International Pizza Challenge in Las Vegas in March 2013. Master Pizza's "Popeye" Pizza, (fresh spinach, fresh sliced tomatoes and artichoke hearts on a white garlic butter sauce), clinched the award in the Non-Traditional category competing against 65 of the top pizza shops from across the globe. Including pizza makers from Italy, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Europe, Japan, and Australia just to
name a few.
Master Pizza continues to build on its award-winning tradition. Master Pizza received a "Top 10 Pizzeria" in the World award in 2012 at the same competition in the Traditional Category. Master Pizza secured the award with its "Pepperoni Passion" pizza (double pepperoni on traditional red tomato sauce). Awards just go to prove why Master Pizza is the "pizza pilgrimage" destination for pizza-hungry locals and for visitors to Cleveland from all over the world.
It's no mystery why pizza lovers across the globe flock to Master Pizza when they're in town. In February 2013, Master Pizza's mouth-watering "3 Little Pigs" Pizza… (hickory smoked ham, Maplewood bacon and homemade Italian sausage)… took 2nd in the "Best Pizza in America" competition. This time Master Pizza competed against the top 75 pizzerias from across the nation in the NAPICS Pizza Pizzazz competition. Again, this was just another Master Pizza repeat performance. Master Pizza had taken 11th place in this same competition in 2011 with their "Popeye" pizza.
Master Pizza was founded in 1955 in Mayfield Heights and grew to become one of Cleveland's original pizza franchises. Reaching its pinnacle in the mid 1970's, Master Pizza had 38 locations serving pizza-loving generations from across the greater Cleveland area. By the mid 1980's the original 5 owners ended the franchise and Master Pizza split into two companies, Master Pizza and Pizza Bazar. As time went on Pizza Bazar went defunct and Master Pizza fizzled to just a handful of locations. By the late 1990's only the original Mayfield Heights location remained opened.