Tasty Takeout: Demico’s Pizzeria in North Canton
Ever heard the saying, “there’s no such thing as a bad pizza?” No? …yeah, neither have I.
It should be a saying, though, shouldn’t it? Honestly, pizza dough, tomato sauce and melted cheese can only go so wrong, and I find even mostly awful pizza somehow tolerable.
HOWEVER. Even though I’ll eat from the dregs of the pizza world when necessary (hello Little Caesar’s), I’m on a mission to find the very best pizza in Canton and Akron and plan to share my ‘research’ here. It’s really a win-win situation…my thighs excluded.
So, without further rambling, let me introduce you to one of my faves: Demico’s Pizzeria in North Canton. (Bonus points for being in my ‘hood; I could walk there in a pizza emergency!)
When Demico’s opened their doors a few years back in a cute little stretch of North Canton, I wished them all the best as a family-owned local business, but prepared my taste buds for somewhere between ‘just OK’ and the worst. There’s a lot of average pizza in this town. Welp, I’m here to tell you that Demico’s is far from an ordinary pizza joint. It quickly became our family’s go-to for classic Italian takeout, and we’ve eaten our way through the menu several times over. I can’t recall even one mediocre experience in 20+ visits.
They offer homemade pizza topped with a mix of quality cheeses and fresh ingredients (no canned stuff! PLEASE)… from the usual pepperoni, mushrooms, etc., to the stuff that gets me excited like fire roasted red peppers, meatballs, sliced sausage and fresh basil – all on a hand-tossed chewy crust with a hearty sauce that’s not too sweet. If you want a bunch of toppings on your pie, they have a variety of specialty pizzas like Pizza Bianca, Siciliano or Arabiata. I personally like the Bianca – they had me with ‘dallops of ricotta cheese.’ Futureman swears by the Siciliano and Arabiata, both offering a mix of meats and veggies.
But it’s the non-pizza items on their menu that give Demico’s a special corner of my heart. They don’t treat anything on their menu as a ‘throw-away’ like most pizza joints. Some of our family faves:
- Cheesy Garlic Bread on fresh ciabatta with whole clove garlic butter and mozzarella/provolone. Whole cloves of garlic baked right on top!
- Apple Walnut Salad with crunchy apple slices, raisins, bleu cheese, and sugared walnuts on a bed of lettuce – a steal at $6.99 (it’s HUGE) and possibly my very favorite salad in Canton.
- Garlic Parm Wings that could go up against most wing places in the area and win. (These really deserve their own Facebook fan page.)
- Over the top calzones and stromboli oozing with cheesy goodness.
- Sausage and meatball casserole. If you can’t get up to Luigi’s as often as you’d like, try this version. It’s $6 of awesomeness.
- Ziti Bolognese with two kinds of sausage, a touch of cream, and a meatball. So rich.
- Nutella dipped cannolis for $0.99, and just the right size for an almost guilt free dessert.
I haven’t tried any of their paninis or hoagies yet, but I imagine those are tasty, too. (They use bread from their neighbor, Hazel Artisan Bakery – always a good sign.) I’ve also heard that their Caesar salad is phenomenal – one of these days I’ll break from the apple walnut salad and try it. I hear the secret is the ciabatta croutons and homemade dressing.
Demico’s is mostly takeout, but there are three booths if you want to stay and eat. It’s ALWAYS hoppin’ in there, so I’m pretty sure that Demico’s is my not-so-secret secret at this point. If you haven’t tried it yet, you should listen to me and break from your pizza routine just once to give it a try. Demico’s is a little slice o’ pizza heaven.