Awards and Recognition

"A recipe is a story that ends

with a good meal"

                               - Pat Conroy

A very special thanks to all for the many awards we continue to receive in the Tribune Review Readers Choice Award. Running a busy, successful restaurant requires a lot of hard work from many people. Recognition such as this tells us we are doing something right, but also inspires us to new heights.


 Best Italian Restaurant - East

 Best Italian Restaurant - East

 Best Family Restaurant - East

 Best Takeout - East

Best Restaurant - Penn Hills

 Best Take Out - East

Best Hoagie/ Sub/ Sandwich - East 

Best Hoagies - Penn Hills

Best Family Restaurant

Best Pizza - Penn Hills

Best Family Business

 Best Italian Restaurant - East

Many thanks to WTAE's Ashlie Hardway for her kind words about our restaurant in a recent post on Good Food Pittsburgh's website. Click the link below for the entire article, and while there, check out the Good Food Pittsburgh website. Good Food Pittsburgh highlights the best restaurants, chefs, and food events Pittsburgh offers. With the opening of many new restaurants in the city, Pittsburgh's culinary scene is diverse and vibrant. But just as equally important is how Pittsburgh also loves and supports its older restaurants. For any restaurant to remain vibrant after so many years, it must constanly change. We must always look for ways to improve the dishes we have served for years, as well as keeping our menu fresh by offering our guests new and exciting choices. Again thanks to Ashlie Hardway and Good Food Pittsburgh.

Breaking Chews: WTAE’s Ashlie Hardway Shares Her Favorite Pittsburgh Dishes in Today’s Five Spot Friday


Ashlie Hardway knows Pittsburgh. As a reporter for WTAE-TV, she spends her days on the road, breaking stories throughout Western PA. With her busy work schedule, she often eats on the run - and has a trove of hidden gem restaurants that she's found on her travels. Read on to find her five spot picks from Greensburg to Lawrenceville, plus a few extras to satisfy any local foodie. 

In her own words, Hardway shares her must-try spots: 

"Alright, let me start by saying I really thought long and hard about my five choices. I am a major food lover. I am always trying new places to eat and looking for the best of the best in the Pittsburgh area. As a result, I have found better food in Mom and Pops than some of the most highly-touted restaurants Downtown. If you haven't tried these items below, I encourage you to give them a shot! You might have a new favorite, too :)  


Stuffed Shells from Pasqualino's Pizza Place in Penn Hills: I think the sign says Pasqualino's, but the locals know it as Pizza Palace. Right on Frankstown Road before its intersection with Saltsburgh Road, it sits in a small strip mall. Their stuffed shells and marinara sauce are the best I've ever had. The shells, while made with ricotta, have a more melted cheese texture - I am assuming they add a hearty amount of mozzarella to the ricotta to give it such a texture. The sauce has a very authentic, homemade flavor as well. I grew up with a straight-off-the-boat grandmother, so I am very, very picky about my marinara sauce. Theirs gets an A. It has the right amount of punchy tomato flavor and herbs, but yet has that homemade taste. How do I know? Let's just say I can tell when a pot of sauce has sat and simmered for 30-60 minutes, verses one minute. (Pasqualino's, 13032 Frankstown Road, Penn Hills, PA)  >>read more>>

Along with the honor of being mentioned on Good Food Pittsburgh's website with a post written by Ashlie Hardway of WTAE, we were also fortunate to be mentioned in Pittsburgh Magazine as one of their picks for their City Guide: 200+Fun Things to Do in Pittsburgh. After spending most of my life in the food business, I am thankful not only for the media recognition, but also to our customers, many of whom had been with us for so long we consider them friends. 


City Guide: 200+ Fun Things to Do in Pittsburgh

(No Matter Where You Are)


Pittsburgh Magazine explores every inch of Allegheny County for a look at the communities where we live, work and play.


By Sean Collier, Nick Keppler, Eric Lidji, Kristina Martin, Jessica Bruni Sinichak & Amy Whipple     >>read more>>