Pasqualino's Italian Restaurant was founded in 1971 by the Pasqualino family as Pizza Palace (for a more detailed history, please go to the Attenzione! Blog Page). We started in a tiny storeroom around the corner from our current location, where we moved to in 1986. Though still affectionately referred to as Pizza Palace or simply as "The Palace" by many of our longtime customers, the name change reflects the pride we have in the evolution of our menu to include many of our traditional Southern Italian family dishes perfected over many decades and generations.
We doubt few restaurants have the commitment to hard work and dedication that Pasqualino's has in preparing our house-made recipes. Using the finest and freshest all-natural ingredients available to compliment our recipes, we begin our day before dawn, seven days a week, to hand-make almost everything on our menu. Whatever we don't make ourselves is made for us using our recipes, or is chosen with the same attention to quality and wholesome ingredients we have proudly used for over forty years.
Throughout our history, Pasqualino's has only used second or third generation family-owned supply houses that share our strong work ethic, providing a commitment for the trust and respect of the "partnership" between supplier and customers. Our cheeses, olive oil, pastas and other ingredients are quality brand-name labels. We never use private labels from big-box supply houses where the packing source is often unidentifiable, and many times interchangeable. Our produce is hand-picked fresh each day by a third generation produce man working alone to hand-pick the freshest and most vibrant produce. Through our affliation with Penn's Corner Farm to Table Alliance, we purchase fresh, in-season produce from local, family-owned farms. Our butcher is a second generation, family-owned business, USDA inspected, who pride themselves on the quality of their beef and poulrty sold only to the finest restaurants in the city.
The decor of Pasqualino's is inviting, reminiscent of the Italian home kitchen, where meals for family and guests are not only prepared, but also served. Pasqualino's maintains a mutually respectful working relationship with the Allegheny County Health Department to operate one of the cleanest restaurants in all of Pennsylvania.
Experience Pasqualino's fresh, house-made difference. We invite your family to join ours, to dine in our restaurant or for take away orders to your home or office. Let Pasqualino's do the cooking for your next event - Catering, Party Trays, and a Party Room are also available.
Guiseppe Augustino Pasqualino, Founder
1921 to 2007
Francesco Pasqualino, Partner
Grinding Cheese by Hand in 1971