Monday, September 27, 2010
We loved it! Conicella's pizza had a thick, Pittsburgh-style hand-tossed crust that was tender with just the right amount of chewiness. The sauce was mild and family friendly, yet rich enough to satisfy the adult tastes, too. Although I normally don't like a lot of cheese on our pizza (cholesterol problems!), Conicella's cheese was fresh and flavorful - it was totally worth it to indulge when it was the real deal.
I had looked everywhere online for a Conicella's menu and couldn't find one, so intended to pick it up along with the pizza ... but when I got there, I just forgot. Sorry! Friends who have been there said that they hoagies and sides and that everything they've had from Conicella's is outstanding. I believe them.
Conicella's is take out only.
Friday, September 3, 2010
3047 West Liberty Avenue
Dormont, PA 15216
Giovanni's makes an awesome crust - I have to say that it is one of the best crusts I have had in Pittsburgh - tender and flaky, thin yet sturdy, and very flavorful. We ordered an 8-cut pizza with extra sauce, light cheese, and mushrooms on half. The sauce is a little sweet for my personal taste, but my co-taster loved it. I think if I had ordered the regular amount of sauce rather than double sauce, it would have been perfect for me. (I can't help it - I love pizza sauce.) The mushrooms were fresh and plentiful, and I enjoyed them - I wished I had also ordered banana pepper rings as a topping, but that I'll try that next time.
We also ordered mozzarella sticks, which were also wonderful - perfectly fried and just the right amount of spice in the coating. The sauce that came with the sticks was not the same sauce as on the pizza - it was very good marinara sauce.
Although we ordered our pizza to go, Giovanni's has plenty of seating if you'd like your meal fresh from the oven. In addition to the traditional pizza that we ordered, Giovanni's has 19 gourmet pizzas on their menu - the most unusual gourmet pizza is the new "Crab Trap" - it is topped with shrimp, scallops, crabmeat and spinach in a homemade lobster sauce and sprinkled with Old Bay Seasoning. All of Giovanni's pizzas and bread twists are also available for Take-N-Bake.
Giovanni's has plenty more options if you don't feel like pizza - 14 Appetizers, 7 Bread Twists, Jumbo Buffalo Wings with your choose of sauces, Soups and Salad, Gyros, Wedgies and Calzones, Hoagies and Wraps, Pasta dishesm, and 24 House Specialties. Wow! The newest House Specialties are Pasta Picasso, Penne ala Vodka with Chicken, Pasta Primavera and Lasagna. Some of the entrees are even available gluten free - Chicken Parmesan, Chicken Spinach, Mediterranean Pasta, Italian Dinner, and Baked Ziti.
And, if that's not enough, Giovanni's offers five desserts - Homemade Cheesecake, Tiramisu, Cannoli, Sweet Twists, and Homemade Doughnut Puffs that are dusted with cinnamon and powdered sugar and served with a chocolate dipping sauce.