Giovanni "John" Mineo originally wanted to open a bakery. But in 1958, he instead was coaxed into opening a pizzeria in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood. And Pittsburgh's all the better for it, as Mineo's Pizza House continues to rack up best-of's in area media polls. Run by sons Dominic and John, Mineo's specializes in medium-crust pizza, heavy on the cheese, with a spicy-sweet tomato sauce. You'll need more than the usual allotment of napkins to handle the wonderful, greasy mess created when eating one of the pies - also available by the slice, thick-crust Sicilian, and white (no tomato sauce) - with a selection of the usual and the not so usual toppings (meatballs, broccoli, shrimp, artichoke hearts). Sandwiches, salads, soups and an array of pasta entrées are also offered. Dessert features Pittsburgh's own Reinhold's Ice Cream, along with cheesecake and various pies. Only the Mt. Lebanon location has delivery service, although partially baked and flash-frozen pies can be shipped anywhere in the world via the website.
"Mineo's is a place where everyone is greeted with a hello and invited to stay as long as they like."
- Joanne Klimovich Harrop, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
, Sept. 18, 2008