Pizza. It’s the one food that works perfectly as a late night snack, as a cold breakfast, or as a complete meal. Some prefer traditional hand-tossed cheese pizza, maybe with pepperoni or another topping, while others embrace the more eccentric pizzas, topped with breakfast ingredients or pierogies. A wide variety of pizza places call Pittsburgh home, making it pretty easy for Pittsburghers to find a mouthwatering pizza that meshes with their tastes. Satisfy your next pizza craving by checking out the 10 best pizza places in Pittsburgh:
1. Mineo's Pizza House
Indulge in a late breakfast with Mineo's Pizza House's breakfast – yes, breakfast – pizza. Topped with eggs, the breakfast pizza is just the latest of mouthwatering, hand-tossed pizzas offered by Mineo's in Squirrel Hill and in Mount Lebanon. A Pittsburgh tradition since the late 1950s, Mineo's features pizza by the pie or by the slice.
2. Aiello's Pizza
Not far from Mineo's Pizza House on Murray Avenue in Squirrel Hill sits Aiello's, another Pittsburgh pizza institution, which first debuted in 1978. In addition to its traditional pizza, Aiello's invites customers to tantalize their taste buds with more creative gourmet pies, including the pierogie pizza with white sauce, mashed potatoes, cheddar and provolone cheese, and onions.
3. Fiori's Pizzaria
Satisfy your pizza cravings by building your own traditional or white pizza pie at Firori's Pizzaria in Pittsburgh. With eat out or dine in options, the pizza parlor offers both traditional and gourmet pizzas. Turn your traditional pizza into a gourmet masterpiece by adding steak, shrimp, hot sausage, or meatballs as toppings. Pizza is available by the pie or by the slice.
4. Slice on Broadway
You're dealing with self-described pizza perfectionists when you go to Slice on Broadway in Pittsburgh or Carnegie, so expect a slice of pizza that will make your mouth explode. Stick to the traditional red sauce as a base for your pizza or go bold and choose the basil pesto sauce or the white sauce. Slice on Broadway also features specialty pies that will appeal to vegetarians (Veggie Pie) and to carnivores (Buffalo Chicken Pie).
5. The Church Brew Works
Sit back and drink in the awe-inspiring surroundings of the Church Brew Works, a restored former church in Lawrenceville, while dining on one of its famous wood-fired pizzas. The Church Brew Works offers such Pittsburgh-inspired pies as the Pittsburgh Pierogie Pizza as well as an array of traditional and gourmet pizzas, including the Wild Boar BBQ, the Garden Plum Tomato Pizza, and the Portobello Pesto Pizza.
6. Giovanni's Pizza
Dip your mouthwatering slice of traditional pizza in the complimentary garlic dipping sauce at Giovanni's Pizza in Pittsburgh's Cultural District. Or, if you're in the mood for something with more of a kick, opt for one of the many specialty pizzas. Combine breakfast and dinner, for example, with Giovanni's Original Breakfast Pizza, with breakfast's favorite sides: bacon, sausage, eggs, and mozzarella and provolone cheeses atop a butter sauce.
7. Spak Brothers
Relive the good old days when video games meant going to the arcade, by playing arcade games while waiting for your pizza slice or pie at Spak Brothers Pizza and More on Penn Avenue in Pittsburgh. Spak Brothers features nearly two dozen cheese, meat, and veggie toppings in addition to vegan pepperoni, sausage, and mozzarella.
8. Proper Brick Oven & Tap Room
Nestled in the Cultural District, the Proper Brick Oven and Tap Room beckons theater-goers, museum visitors, and anyone who loves a good pizza pie. The “Proper pizzas” features ingredients made from scratch, including dough made from the restaurant's own recipe, and one pizza is even dedicated to Pittsburghers themselves: The Black & Gold with gold Yukon potatoes and cracked black pepper.
9. Mercurio's Artisan Gelato and Neapolitan Pizza
Authentic Italian pizza is served hot daily at Mercurio's Artisan Gelato and Neapolitan Pizza on Walnut Street in Shadyside. The chefs create each pizza pie with fresh ingredients, including tomatoes and mozzarella, and cook the pizza in a traditional stone oven over a wood fire. Mercurio's also offers pizza catering.
Dinette's menu of original pizzas, all made with fresh ingredients, promises a taste explosion in your mouth. Choose from one of nine original pizzas, such as the Fresh Ricotta, the Royal Trumpet Mushroom, or the Cacciatore Salami. Traditionalists may want to try the pepperoni pizza with tomatoes, mozzarella, and chili oil.
Craving pizza yet? Fortunately, it’s easy to satisfy those cravings in Pittsburgh, where we’re surrounded by independent and unique pizza places that promise pizza designed to tantalize our taste buds and to have us going back again for more. Now, it’s your turn. What do you think are the best pizza places in Pittsburgh?