As I mentioned before, Mrs. Crappy and I both have been suffering from The Plague this week. Fortunately, the affliction that has clogged our heads and chests has not done much to hinder our appetites – and that has led us to the discovery of a Pittsburgh institution we had managed to miss for years.
As we ate our chicken noodle soup for lunch on Monday, Mrs. Crappy mentioned that what she really wanted for dinner — instead of leftovers or more soup — was pizza. That sounded good to me, as it always does, but we didn’t continue the discussion.
And then there was no point in having a discussion.
Later that afternoon, while she was upstairs asleep, I stumbled upon a food episode of WQED’s Dave and Dave’s Excellent Adventures. The one where they visit the original Mineo’s Pizza House, in Squirrel Hill. By the time I had listened to Dominic Mineo talk at some length of the fresh dough and homemade sauce — and got look at the finished product — I knew what we were having for dinner. I ordered a large with our favorite combination of toppings, pepperoni and onions, and immediately got in the car to go pick it up.
Side note: When I lived in Butler, I avoided the Parkway East at all costs. Now that I live in town, I’m finding that it can indeed be your friend, especially when you need to get from Brighton Heights to Murray Avenue in 15 minutes.
I was struck by two things upon walking into the shop: 1) Sweet jesus, it smelled fantastic in there, and 2) a large Mineo’s pizza is freaking heavy.
I didn’t peek until I got it home and thudded that box down on our coffee table. Beautiful: a thick layer of dripping white cheese, revealing pepperoni, onions and a layer of sauce underneath, all ringed by a substantial crust. And yeah, it was as good as it looked.
D? I’m always going to be a thin-crust guy at heart, but it’s safe to say we’ve found our favorite Pittsburgh pizza. Thanks for the recommendation.