The "wood-fired pizza has us fired up about Bella Luna Trattoria," declared the Pittsburgh City Paper after its reviewers sampled the thin-crust pies pulled from the restaurant's blazing oven. Chefs adorn these doughy creations, available in sizes ranging from an 8-inch mini to a 14-inch large, with red or white sauces and an arsenal of traditional and inventive toppings. On the stovetop, freshly made angel hair, fettuccine, and linguine bathe in marinara, bolognese, and alfredo sauces, and the frying pan imbues cutlets of hand-breaded eggplant parmigiana with a golden tan worthy of the Italian Riviera.
Gateway Grill serves breakfast daily, so early risers can head butt breakfast entrees throughout the week. Tuck into an array of omelets packed with veggies, cheeses, and meats ($6.99–7.99), or breakfast sandwiches such as the belt ($6.99), which uses its namesake to keep bacon, egg, and tomato fillings from bursting out of grilled italian bread.
Thanks to its menu of traditional Italian and American cuisine and a grand ballroom that hosts up to 180 guests, Pugliano’s Italian Grill proves an equally appropriate setting for casual family dinners and elegant wedding receptions. Groups of all sizes and relations come together over piping-hot plates of eggplant parmesan and heaps of fresh spaghetti slathered in a savory blend of ripe tomatoes, onions, and herb marinara. The restaurant staff rises to meet the demands of special occasions with party packages that spoil guests with a buffet or table service, an open bar, and a champagne toast—not to mention discounted rates at the hotel across the street. DJs spin in the main dining room on weekends, and the grand ballroom boasts audiovisual gear that comes in handy during parties or customary viewings of the groom's dental x-rays.
The proficient pie twirlers at Merlino’s blanket crusts of homemade dough in palatable piles of fresh cheese and toppings. A large 16" pizza quells the hunger pangs of game-day gatherings or an impromptu Thanksgiving with 12 slices of golden crust oozing with melted cheese. Although not included in the price of this deal, additions of pepperoni, sausage, jalapeños, pineapple, or green peppers ($1.95 each) add piquancy to each steaming bite, and specialty ingredients such as gyro meat ($3.25) add a gourmet touch to the comestible circlet. Fingers receive pre-meal warm-ups and postmeal cool-downs by lifting hefty doses of piping-hot wings, made all the more succulent when slathered in a choice of eight sauces, including hot barbecue, buffalo parmesan, Cajun, and butter garlic.
Hearth-baked pizzas earned Pizza Supreme the love, and votes, of Tribune-Review readers in the 2010 and 2011 Trib Readers' Choice awards, according to the staff. In addition to award-winning pizzas, Pizza Supreme—also known as Café Supreme—serves fresh salads, signature burgers, and italian specialty pastas.
The cooks at Fortino's Pizza assemble 18-inch pies, fry up whole wings by the dozen, and let customers quench thirsts with tall glasses of soda and Turner's Tea. Nontraditional toppings such as broccoli and hot peppers can be chosen in place of classic pizza adornments such as pepperoni, sausage, and chunks of homespun wisdom. Barbecue sauce, honey-garlic sauce, and hot sauce spread over chicken wings, napkins, and upper lips, and bottles of Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Mountain Dew, and iced tea dream of being poured over a high-school coach's head after a winning chess season.