Best Of 2000

Best Place to Buy a Slice of Pizza at 7 a.m.: Pizza Den

Two eyes peer out of a small interior window on the far wall of the pizza shop, speakeasy style. A moment later, a plump and warm foil packet slides through to you. So it goes with the modern-day "breakfast of champions," Cleveland-style. The Guzzos, owners of the mostly carry-out pizza parlor, have been serving up slices for a buck all day long for 13 years. Within walking distance of three schools, the shop attracts lines of students, sometimes stretching all the way through the screen door and into the parking lot. Teachers, too, have been known to dash over before classes start for a pencil-box-sized slab of thick pepperoni pizza. Hey, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right?