'Pittsburgh' on Serious Eats
We're at a point in pizza history where just about every mid-sized American city has a Neapolitan-style pizzeria. But the Pittsburgh area has had a fantastic one since 1996, when Ron Molinare opened Il Pizzaiolo in Mt. Lebanon.
Anchovy topped with jalapeños, capers, fresh mozzarella, and tomato. [Photographs: Rodzilla] Got this nudge from longtime Slice'r/SE'r Rodzilla to check out Dinette in Pittsburgh. He was there a few weeks ago for a review on his own site and was inspired to share some intel with us all: The pies are almost the polar opposite of the Vinnie Pies that Daniel Zemans reviewed earlier this year, but equally if not more delicious. Dinette prides itself on incredibly fresh ingredients. Chef-owner Sonja Finn has quite a resume, including being a semi-finalist for the James Beard Rising Star Chef award. The...
Any discussion of a Vinnie Pie has to start with the crust. The end crust is extremely thick and has a nice crunchy exterior and a softer but still chewy interior. If you can imagine a great hearty Italian roll - the kind needed to stand up to a saucy meatball sub - and envision that bread as a pizza crust, then you have an idea of what the crust at Vincent's is like.