Lakewood OH

Nirvana Pizza strives for happy perfection

If nirvana is a state of utter happiness and perfection, then nothing could make Nirvana Pizza owner Andrea Coats happier than creating the perfect pizza pie.

A Bay High graduate, Coats opened the family-owned and -operated Old-World, New York-style pizza business in Bay Village in October. The mother of four, including triplets, Coats wanted her restaurant to be close to family. Her children, nieces and nephews work with her. Mom’s Candy BBQ sauce is based on a recipe Coats got from her mother. “It tastes great on wings and on pizza, too,” she said.

“All of our sauces are homemade. Our pizza dough is hand-tossed and made fresh daily,” she noted. Coats said she has owned other restaurants before, including a frozen yogurt shop, a bakery and, more recently, a steak and chop house in Ashtabula. The recipes used at Nirvana Pizza include favorites she has collected over the years.

Top-selling specialty pizzas are the Mom’s Candy BBQ Chicken pizza with chicken, cheddar cheese, bacon and scallions ($11.50 medium, $13.50 large) and Sister’s Buffalo Chicken Dip pizza with chicken, jalapenos and Buffalo sauce, served with a side of ranch dressing ($14 medium, $16.50 large). The Liv It Up Mushroom Madness pizza is light on the red sauce and loaded with mushrooms and cheese. House-made Alfredo sauce is the highlight of the chicken Alfredo pizza, topped with broccoli and spinach ($12 medium, $14.50 large). The Aloha Hawaiian pizza is garnished with ham, pineapple, bacon and onions ($13 medium, $15.25 large). The All American pie is made with sausage, pepperoni, mushrooms, onions and green peppers ($13.75 medium, $16 large).The restaurant offers cheesesteak and sausage stromboli and calzones filled with spinach or broccoli and ricotta cheese, as well as garlic and cheese breadsticks. Customers can create their own pizza with a choice of sauces, cheeses and toppings. Wings are served with Buffalo medium sauce, hot sauce, garlic and Mom’s Candy BBQ ($8 a dozen). Pizza is available by the slice all day.

Get a “Happy Thought” sticker with your order from Nirvana Pizza. Collect 10 and receive a free pizza. “I’m basically a happy person, and everyone has been really supportive and nice since we have opened here,” Coats said. “This is like a small town. Customers stop by and talk with us while they wait for their pizza to bake. We try to make this a friendly, positive place. We hope our pizza puts you in a happy place.”

Nirvana Pizza is at 622 Dover Center Road. Phone 440-835-8100. To view a menu, visit



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