6 Best Pizzerias To Visit In Pittsburgh
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Cravings for pizza are common among people. The best course of action when hunger hits is to reach for the closest, greasiest slice you can locate. Cheesy, caramelised bliss that makes your tummy content and your plate clean.

But sometimes you're looking for more from your pizza. You want a pizza that almost tastes like your lifetime obsession with oven temps and water content. Pizza may be a wonderful experience, but it's also America's go-to food in a pinch after a demanding workday.

Pittsburgh is blessed with a good number of excellent pizza restaurants. In these locations, pizza is not pulled out of a box and "pizza tracked" to its destination; rather, it is treated with the same reverence as a perfectly cooked porterhouse steak or bouillabaisse. Here are six places to get a delicious pizza.

6 Pizza Places To Try In Pittsburgh

1. Mineo's

Mineo's in Squirrel Hill, Mount Lebanon, and Allison Park are regarded as a Pittsburgh family tradition. Since its founding, the original establishment in Squirrel Hill, which is just a short distance from Aiello's and has a fascinating history, has been offering handcrafted dough and sauce prepared from Italian tomatoes, along with a special blend of cheese that is freshly grated every day.

Location: 2128 Murray Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217, United States

Timings: Mon-Sun: 10:00 am to 11:00 pm

Must-Try Dishes: Classic Pepperoni Pizza, Supreme Pizza, and White Pizza

Price for 2: $80 approx.

2. Lupo Pizza Lawrenceville

Follow your nose to one of Upper Lawrenceville's most talked-about pizzerias when strolling around. The crispy crust and perfectly portioned dough of their round are well-known, but the granny pies are the real highlight of this place. Pizza Lupo has mastered this trendy pie, which is reminiscent of a traditional Italian housewife lunch and is thin and rectangular in shape. For a unique taste, try their upside-down variation, which has sauce on top and cheese on the bottom.

Location: 5123 Butler St, Pittsburgh, PA 15201, United States

Timings: Mon-Sun: 10:00 am to 11:00 pm

Must-Try Dishes: Neapolitan Pizza, Soppressata Pizza, Quattro Formaggi Pizza

Price for 2: $80 approx.

3. DiAnoia's

Strip District, Carnegie & Robinson Savvy diners already frequent DiAnoia's for their famous Italian cuisine, but did you know that their pizza became so well-known that it spawned a chain of pizzerias? Savour these irresistible variations of Old World or New York pizzas, which have cheese on the bottom, sauce in the centre, and freshly chopped parmesan on top. The dough is created from imported Italian flour, and the sauces and toppings are made locally.

Location: 2549 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, United States

Timings: Mon-Sun: 10:00 am to 11:00 pm

Must-Try Dishes: DiAnoia's Classic Pizza, Calabrese Pizza, Bianca Pizza

Price for 2: $80 approx.

4. Spak Brothers

While there are occasionally afterthoughts when it comes to vegan and gluten-free pizza alternatives, Spak Brothers has been killing it for years. Don't take it from a carnivore, though; every time my vegan friends visit, they ask to include this stop on their schedule.

Along with their amazing pizza, they also have a full menu that includes vegan breadsticks, cajun blackened tempeh subs, vegan calzones and even vegan ice cream. These dishes alone make this a great place to grab takeaway or have delivered.

Location: 5107 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15224, United States

Timings: Mon-Sun: 10:00 am to 11:00 pm

Must-Try Dishes: Classic Cheese Pizza, Vegan Supreme Pizza, Buffalo Chicken Pizza

Price for 2: $80 approx.

5. Beto’s

Beto's is well-known around the country for its distinctive pizza cuts that are served with piping hot sauce and dough, with the remaining ingredients piled on top and served cold. Is this a sacrilegious pizza? Is this pizza even? The judge is you. Since it first opened in 1953, Beto's has garnered media attention and will undoubtedly become the centre of pizza puritanism for many years to come.

Location: 1473 Banksville Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15216, United States

Timings: Mon-Sun: 10:00 am to 11:00 pm

Must-Try Dishes: Original Cheese Pizza, Pepperoni Pizza, Sausage Pizza

Price for 2: $80 approx.

6. Shelly Pie

To begin with, if you want to seem like a true Pittsburgher, pronounce this town's name as crick rather than creek. There's a huge pizza here that comes in both classic and Sicilian varieties, both with an abundance of crispy, wonderful dough. Aside from serving Italian-American classics, this sit-down, full-service restaurant also serves a range of pasta dishes and stuffed banana peppers. 

Location: 912 Penn Ave, Turtle Creek, PA 15145, United States

Timings: Mon-Sun: 10:00 am to 11:00 pm

Must-Try Dishes: The Original Shelly Pie, Hawaiian Pizza, Meat Lover's Pizza

Price for 2: $80 approx.

What sets Pittsburgh Pizza apart are the variety of styles available. While some pizza makers continue to use the tried-and-true techniques of their parents and grandparents, others are bringing new vigour to the industry with an emphasis on modern American baking. Explore all of the town's top pizzerias.