Since 1993, the chefs at Opies Pizza have adhered to a simple yet tasty pizza formula—they make each pie with fresh dough, tangy sauce, and tons of toppings. They customize each thick-crust pizza with more than 10 toppings and its own at-bat song. Or they throw together one of Opies' specialty pizzas such as the Maxxed, a catchall combo of two meats and five veggies. Alternatively, they also bake pizza toppings into a 10-inch stromboli.
Balls of homemade dough fly in the air as Posti's Pizza’s chefs spin them into original, New York-style, and Sicilian crusts. Afterward, they slather house-made sauce onto the discs and adorn each one with such bites as bacon, broccoli, steak, and sweet peppers. The pizza dough also serves as the base of wedge sandwiches such as the Big Dawg, an agglomeration of capicola, provolone, fries, buffalo wing sauce, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and creamy Italian dressing. The chefs’ creative ventures continue into the menu’s salad selection, where they serve a mix of veggies and meats such as banana peppers and chicken tenders in a regular bowl, bread bowl, or a bowl carved from a large crouton.
The talented dough slingers at Pizza Sola hand make New York–style pies with time-honored methods and top-shelf ingredients, which led to the Best Slice of New York award from Pittsburgh Magazine. Cooks craft each pizza using traditional techniques: hunting wild dough blobs and subduing them with a thorough tossing and a slathering of imported San Marzano tomato sauce. Each New York pizza (18", $14; $2.75 extra for classic toppings, $3 extra for gourmet toppings) sports a tasteful chapeau of romano and whole-milk mozzarella, capping savory sauce flavors with a mouthwatering layer of creamy cheesiness. To seal in flavor, delicious disks bask in oven heat atop hot stones, resulting in a fragrant finish and even tan throughout the pie. Though today's deal is valid for dine-in or carryout, dine-in customers snack on complimentary garlic knots, baked with olive oil and herbs.
The pie artisans at Artisan Pizza Co ladle homemade sauce over freshly made dough, forging gourmet bake-at-home pizzas for customers to cook from the comfort of their own homes. During the pizza-making process, they pay careful attention to every detail to ensure that each pie leaves their kitchen at the pinnacle of quality and tastiness. In addition, they concoct their gluten-free options in a gluten-free prep area with specially designated utensils to avoid cross-contamination, and, when in season, they source many of their ingredients locally from artisanal enterprises to guarantee they're as fresh and environmentally friendly as a vine-ripened Greenpeace boat. They also whip up salads and bake-at-home cookies that, like their pizza counterparts, come with easy-to-follow cooking instructions.
Barrel Junction is the product of 20 years of cooking and soul-searching. While Ronald A. DeLuca Jr.'s glittering trophy case full of gold-plated steaks is a testament to the virtuosity displayed at his four previous restaurants?among them Blue and Pangea?his true culinary passion is something simpler: "fresh, satisfying comfort food," to quote the chef himself. After impressing the critics at his Pittsburgh-area restaurants, he spent six months operating a specialty taco and hot-dog restaurant in a rustic corner of Colorado. His penchant for approachable food reignited, DeLuca returned to open Barrel Junction, where he fuses his critically acclaimed technique with his love for comfort and simplicity. A carefully selected roster of 22 craft beers complements burgers and barbecue sandwiches, hot dogs heaped with toppings, and hand-tossed white, red, and deep-dish pizzas.
Back in 1994, the proprietors of Phillippi's traveled to Arnold, PA, to buy a 70-year-old secret pizza recipe from a mysterious couple known as Lefty and Mooney. Today, this exclusive formula is used with housemade dough and fresh, housemade sauce to create Birdville pizzas, named for Natrona Heights' former moniker. As special blends of cheeses bubble atop baking pies, cooks deftly grill up Black Angus burgers, stack hoagies with meatballs, and crisp ironically flightless buffalo wings in the trans-fat-free deep fryer.