Mineo’s Pizza

I’m originally from Pittsburgh, having moved to South Florida a few years ago. Of the things I miss from Pittsburgh — or in Pittsburghese, “Picksburgh” — I especially miss its great pizza joints, such as Vincent’s Pizza Park on Ardmore Blvd. (famous for their huuuge pies).

Particularly great are three pizza places within two blocks of one another on Murray Avenue, in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh: Napoli Pizzeria, Aiello’s Pizza, and my lifelong favorite, Mineo’s Pizza House. Mineo’s has been a Pittsburgh institution since 1958. It’s so popular with expatriate Pittsburghers that it sends pies via FedEx to Mineo’s-deprived fans. My first Mineo’s pie, which I had when I was 5 or 6, was a life-changing experience, and I’ve been a loyal customer ever since.

Mineo's Pizza House

I recently had a chance to re-visit Mineo’s and it was every bit as good as I remembered. We quickly devoured a large pie (half plain, half with onions and green pepper). Living in South Florida, I’m somewhat pizza-deprived. There’s a lot of good and varied food in South Florida, and I particularly enjoy the many good sushi and Thai restaurants. But I have yet to find a pizza place that comes close to the best of Pittsburgh.

Note: transplanted from personal blog.

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