Who can forget the classic lyrics to Dean Martin’s That’s Amore, “When the moon hits your eye like a big Ardolino’s Pizza pie, that’s amore.” Well, maybe that’s not exactly how the lyrics go, but that’s how I’ve been singing the song since tasting the pizza at Ardolino’s.
Nestled in the south hills of Pittsburgh between Upper St. Clair and Bridgeville, Ardolino’s has been serving up pizza pies since 1986. Ardolino’s is a family run business, and knowing how stubborn Italian families can be (since I come from one), I’m sure that the pie-making tradition has been handed down throughout the years without error.
The staff is friendly and helpful, and when they see my four-year old coming, they know to give us extra napkins. The restaurant space is intimate so don’t think your going to have your family reunion there with all your cousins named Vinny and Frankie. Most customers take-out to enjoy their pizza with family and friends. The place is typically hopping during Steeler games so make sure you order ahead of time.
I prefer not to eat chain store pizzerias, not because I’m a snob, but because of the taste. Chain stores just can’t master that fresh taste – it’s usually bland. Ever notice how chain stores have all these speciality pizza were they dump a million ingredients on the pie, and stuff the crust? It’s because they are trying to give a taste to their pizza. Want to know if a pizza joint is legit? Have a slice of their cheese pizza. If that doesn’t do it for your taste buds, then the place isn’t going to do it for you know matter how many ingredients they dump on it.
Click the link below to watch our video review of Ardolino’s pizza (with special guest Frankie – spoilers – he likes the dough).