August 1, 2016 |

Destinations: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

By Denise Greer

A look at pizzerias in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


Caliente Pizza & Draft House

The three-unit Caliente has built quite the reputation for beer and pizza in the Steel City. Chef Eric Von Hansen won the Pan Division at the 2016 International Pizza Challenge with the Quack Attack, a pizza containing pan-seared duck breast, roasted garlic butter and wild mushroom ragu and topped with a mix of fontinella and Parmesan reggiano cheese, baby arugula, tear drop tomatoes and truffle garlic oil. Each location boasts 20 beers on draft and 150 hard-to-find craft beers.

4624 Liberty Ave.

Proper Brick Oven and Tap Room

The downtown pizzeria prides itself on its pizza crust with a 72-hour dough rise and from-scratch ingredients, like mozzarella, Italian sausage, sauces, dressings and desserts. Pork bellies are cured and smoked in house to make bacon. Its appetizer menu features Bacon Candy (house-cured pork belly, black pepper crust and a brown sugar glaze — $8), while the pizza menu offers nine pies. The Black and Gold is topped with crispy Yukon gold potatoes, cracked black pepper, red onion, roasted garlic spread, extra-virgin olive oil and grated Pecorino-Romano ($16). Proper’s draft beer list made up of a variety of small local and regional beers. Its beverage program also highlights craft cocktails and a variety of wines.

139 7th St.

Mineo’s Pizza House

Mineo’s is a Pittsburgh staple, using the same family recipe used when the pizzeria opened in 1958. The shop expanded into a second location in suburban Mt. Lebanon and offers nationwide delivery. Its straightforward menu features hand-tossed and Sicilian pizza by the slice and 12- or 16-inch sizes. The full menu includes an assortment of appetizers, entrees, soups, salads, calzones, hoagies and desserts, and the company recently rolled out a new breakfast pizza.

2128 Murray Ave.


On the Radar


Fox’s Pizza Den
(HQ-Murrysville / 250 units)

Pasquale’s Pizzeria
(Wilmerding, 7 locations)

Vocelli Pizza
(HQ / 89 units)

Aiello’s Pizza

Slice on Broadway