Designation Level: Silver

In Pittsburgh, Mineo’s and Pizza are nearly synonymous with one another. For over 60 years, Mineo’s Pizza has been a staple of Squirrel Hill and a community favorite. Neighbors aren’t the only ones raving about the pizza though. Tasting Table named Mineo’s as the best pizza in Pennsylvania, and one of the best 26 pizzas in the country, and they’re regularly named Best Pizza in the Pittsburgh City Paper’s annual Best of Pittsburgh list, most recently in 2016. But amazing pizza is only one of their claims to fame. Mineo’s is also recognized for its commitment to the environment and the community, as evidenced by its Silver designation with the Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurant program.

In 1958, Sicilian immigrant Giovanni Mineo, Sr. opened Mineo’s in an empty storefront on Murray Avenue in Squirrel Hill. Today, the family still owns and operates the shop. Giovanni’s two sons, Giovanni Jr. and Dominic, along with several of their children, continue to make pizza under their iconic red awnings on Murray Avenue, using their father’s original recipe. Recent remodels have also expanded to add a full bar with daily happy hour specials, and additional seating to accommodate even more dine-in guests. Beyond the flagship location, they have also owned and operated a location in Mt. Lebanon since 1993.

Another highlight of Mineo’s lore, and a testament to their nation-wide following, is the option to ship their pizzas overnight to anywhere in the country. Pittsburgh expats need only order 48 hours in advance, and a half-baked, frozen pizza will show up at their door with instructions for cooking and enjoying.

While pizza is their obvious claim to fame, Mineo’s has a full menu, including classic Italian pastas, hoagies, calzones, wings, appetizers, and even desserts.

As a Pittsburgh institution, it is no surprise that Mineo’s cares about supporting vibrant communities and a healthy environment within the region. As proven by their designation as a Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurant, Mineo’s implements numerous sustainable practices, including making use of local ingredients and suppliers such as Sanchioli Brothers Bakery, Pennsylvania Macaroni Company, Turner Dairy Farms, and Anthony’s Original Produce. They make fresh dressings, soups, pasta sauces, chili, and wing sauces in-house. They even use upcycled barrels for tables, wine boxes for wall coverings, and wine bottles as lighting fixtures. Read about these and their numerous other energy saving and waste reduction practices in their full sustainability self-assessment.

Whether you’ve somehow never tasted a Mineo’s pizza, or reading this has made you crave one, you can carry out or stop by Mineo’s in Squirrel Hill at 2128 Murray Avenue. They are open seven days a week, Sunday through Thursday from 11am until 1am, and Friday and Saturday from 11am until 2am. And don’t miss recent features on their restaurant in the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, the Pittsburgh Post Gazette and Patch.

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