Wednesday, August 5, 2009
PIZZA!!! My filet mignon....
I love pizza. I also dislike a lot of pizza. As a matter of fact, I dislike pizza about 90% of the time that I have it. The fact that I rarely find really good pizza and continue to order it is some kind of indication of my deep desire to locate the next great pizza joint. Then again, maybe it just indicates that I'm not too bright...
I feel as though I've tried every pizza place in the Pittsburgh area, but of course I'm sure that I haven't even come close. Following are just a few that I've tried and a brief (very brief!) review of them:
Azzeria on Banksville-Pretty good, brick oven baked but not one of my favorites
Bado's in Mt. Lebo-OK
Bellissimos on Mount Washington-Near where I live so it's convienent. That's about it.
Beto's on Banksville-This pizza I really like and would rank it in the top five in the Pittsburgh area. This is thick crust, but it's not too doughy. It is a crispy crunchy crust with a good sauce and fresh cheese. Very good.
Capri Pizza in Homestead-Better than average
Cestone's on Mount Washington-Another better than average and convienent for me!
Domenico's in Cranberry-Nice variety and pretty good.
Fioris Pizza on West Liberty Ave- Very good, kind of a sweet sauce and a thin crispy crust. You can order a pie and take it next door to the tavern which is nice.
Fox's Pizza Den, everywhere-Same old crap.
Frank's Pizzeria, Duss Ave. Ambridge-The Best. Ever. Anywhere. You can stop reading now, it dosen't get any better!
Giotto, South Side. One of the best, thin and crispy with a very good sauce. They also offer a variety of styles.
Harry's, McMurray on 19. Great, one of the best around. Thin crispy crust.
Juliano's, Stubenville Pike-Pretty good stuff
Little Chicago on the South Side-I ordered the Chicago style and didn't like it, but I'm going to go back and try the thin crust.
Luigi's, Lincoln Ave, Bellevue-This was always a pretty OK pie.
Michael's, Sarah Street, South Side-This is amazingly good pizza for a bar/restaurant. I don't hesitate to order it and it's a pretty good bar too!
Mineo's, Squirrel Hill and Mt. Lebanon-Considered one of the best in all of Pittsburgh, but not by me...Here we go, let the comments fly!
Monte Cellos's-OK chain pizza
Papa John's-See above
Pepperoncini's, Oakdale-Pretty good
Pizza Roma-OK for a chain, kind of like Monte Cello's
Police Station-In Ambridge. Excellent. Has a thick crust, which I usually don't like, but their's is very airy and crispy. One of the best!
Sir Pizza, off of Rochester Rd in the North Hills-very good and unique. Thin and cut into tiny squares
Tony R's, Sewickley-One of the best. Very fresh ingredients with the best cheese! Take your GPS!
Uno's-no damm good.
Vincent's in Greentree-Pretty good
Vincent's Pizza Park-Another that's considered one of the best in the city. I haven't tried it, but they have such a rep that I felt I had to list it here. I'll report back after I try it.
I always thought that pizza preferrence is really a personal thing. I mean, just about any steak lover will like any good steak house, but pizza is different. People either love it or they don't. Mineo's is very popular in Pittsburgh and is pretty good. They use very fresh ingredients and the pie tasts like it, but it's just not my style.
My favorite, without a doubt is Franks in Ambridge. It's a thin crust that is almost pastery like in texture (not it flavor!). This makes it very airy but still crispy...not mushy. They apply the cheese first and then pour the sauce over it. This way the cheese retains it's moisture. If you want extra cheese, they just add it after it comes out of the oven. When they close the box, the heat from the pizza melts it. YUM!!!