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The secret’s not in the sauce or even the crust – it’s the family.

Business Description
THE SUN MESSENGER By Christine Kastner Correspondent (1996) At Tasty Pizza, the secret’s not in the sauce or even the crust – it’s the family. Opened 38 years ago by family partriarch Joe Compola and his wife Mary, Tasty Pizza has been a part of life in Lyndhurst for countless customers who grew up eating pizza there and who now bring their families to dine. “We feel very fortunate that my husband and I own Tasty Pizza now, but it was mom and dad who started it and we thank them for it. It still seems like they are here in the restaurant with us,” said Jackie Woytovich. That’s because almost nothing has changed. Carrying on the Compola family tradition, she and husband Joe have kept things the same, including the homelike atmosphere. Sure a few toppings have been added to the menu: spinach, broccoli, artichokes. But the meatballs and sauce are still homemade and you still come in and “seat yourself.” First-time customers could be a bit confused by the longstanding procedure. You just seat yourself in the dining room, order your pizza at the counter, pick up a few plates and utensils from the back room, and help yourself to a soda or one of the 150 different “beers of the world” from the front cooler. If you want salad, just tell Edith. She’s in the kitchen, in the back of the dining room and has been tossing salads for more than 11 years. When your pizza is ready, Joe will bring it to your table. After you finish, you box up the leftovers, and then stop by the counter to tell Joe what you had to drink so he can add it to your tab. Regulars often bring their own bottle caps up to the counter for tallying. “This procedure has been the same since the place opened, but when we spot a new customer, we give them a little more service and try to explain things to them. It’s always been homestyle, help yourself type of dinning. We want our customers to feel at ease here and they seem to like it,” Jackie said. Almost every member of the Compola family helps out in one way or another at “Grandpa Joe Compola’s Restaurant,” from making pizza dough to washing pale green Malmac dishes from the 1950s. Joe Woytovich, who has done construction work on the Perry Nuclear Power plant and cut hair, never quite envisioned himself a “career pizza chef” until he and Jackie took over the restaurant and his brothers-in-law, Tony and Jimmy, taught him the ropes. Longtime customers often recall how Joe Compola could be seen dozing in a chair while his children served evening customers. Still others talk about how Mary would quit on him at least once every day, only to return the next day. “Those customers are what made Tasty’s what it is. They’re really loyal. Now they’ve grown up and bring their families here. With four young children already learning to clear tables and help out at Tasty’s, there is no doubt that one of them will someday take over the reins from Jackie and Joe. Tasty Pizza, 5101 Mayfield Road, is open 11:00 am to 11:00 pm Mondays - Saturday and Sundays 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Business History
At Tasty Pizza, the secret’s not in the sauce or even the crust – it’s the family. Opened 50 years ago by family partriarch Joe Compola and his wife Mary, Tasty Pizza has been a part of life in Lyndhurst for countless customers who grew up eating pizza there and who now bring their families to dine. Carrying on the Compola family tradition, daughter Jackie and husband Joe Woytovich have kept things the same, including the homelike atmosphere. The family of Tasty Pizza hope that you too will become part of this tradition. So please check out our website and come by soon for the Tasty experience.

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amex, discover, visa, mastercard
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Tasty Pizza is on the northeast corner of Richmond and Mayfield
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Pizza, Take Out Restaurants, Restaurants, Restaurant Menus, Family Style Restaurants, Italian Restaurants, Restaurant Delivery Service
Other Information

Parking: Lot, Private

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Good For Groups: Yes

Good for Kids: Yes

Take Out: Yes

Cuisines: Pizza

Alcohol: Beer, Wine

Takes Reservations: No

Outdoor Seating: No

Price Range : Below Average



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Delicious, Authentic Italian Food!

Don't let the American-sounding name fool you. Compola’s Tasty’s Pizza is absolutely amazing and authentic Italian! Great service from what seems like a family run business (not sure if it is). It is worth spending a dollar or 2 more than the chain places on pizza to get some great quality food and support the “little guy.” They also have other food like calzones and pasta and you can eat inside. So good!


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Not the same as it used to be

This pizza is still good, but it's definetly not the same as it used to be. It's different almost everytime I get it. Some times it's cooked well, but other times it's undercooked, the cheese isn't cooked enough and the crust will be doughy. I am not sure what happened but quality control needs to be put in place to offer a more consistent product. I hope Tasty's reads this because I have been a customer for over 20 years.


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Great Pizza !

Best Pizza In Town ! The best sauce, crust plus the best variety of drinks and beer ! Sports photos. Everyone treats you like family ! After having dinner here ... who would want to go anywhere else for pizza !

Mario Georgio
Santa Barbara, Ca.


I love this pizza place. Grea...

I love this pizza place. Great place to eat in or carry out. Quaint old time pizza joint. Pizza's and salads are exceptional. You won't be disappointed. Wish they delivered.


Provided by Citysearch - 
Best pizza in Ohio

Best pizza in Ohio by far. The only better pizza is in NY.


Provided by Citysearch - 
Best in Cleveland!

Great staff, awesome pizza, killer ambiance. The pizza is unreal! Best in NE Ohio. You will NOT be disappointed.


Provided by Citysearch - 
Best Pizza...Period!

This is the best pizza you can buy around here. It is always fresh tasting and never greasy like a lot of other pizzas around here.
Plus, you can go in there with a gang of kids and nobody complains. A family operation that treats its customers like family. You help yourself to drinks and then just tell them what you had and they charge you appropriately after your meal when you pay for your pizza.
I won't buy a pizza anywhere around here but from this place!


Provided by Citysearch - 
The BEST of the BEST Pizza

It is the BEST pizza I have had in this town and all across the USA. The sauce has a very nice taste and the crust is just perfect. The food is very affordable and it is a great place to take the entire family. The owner Joe is a great guy and he is up on all the latest sporting news. A must to try in homemade food.


Provided by Citysearch - 

sauce is terrific, crust is excellent-not too thin nor too thick...family owned & operated...good salad...you could dine in or take out...THIS PIZZA SHOP IS APPROPRIATELY NAMED

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