1906 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA | Directions 1522240.450896 -79.984262
Neighborhoods: Strip District
Why go here when so many better options are close? – There are so many wonderful food options in the Strip, from Sushi Andy at Wholey's to PrestoGeorge's for coffee and Strip District meats for fresh steaks, why would anyone buy their bread here. My rustic Italian was overly chewy on the outside and raw on the inside. The staff was pushy, rude, and unprofessional. The bread may have been old because when my wife tried it the next day, it was well on its way to being stale. I would not recommend this place to my worst enemy. Go elsewhere!
Food is ok. Breads and rolls are great! – Their rye bread is the most flavorful that I have ever eaten. They don't have it often enough but, when they do, it is the greatest. Definitely worth a trip to 'The Strip' for the rye. It makes an excellent Reuben Sandwich!
Possibly *the* most famous Italian grocery store in all of Pittsburgh. – The Scene
Open-air market on the outside, bare-bones and the bustling Strip District crowd on the inside, but that's what you come for. It's not about fancy display cases or bright, expensive signage. You want to see Jimmy with that cigar in his mouth (unlit, of course) slicing provolone at the cheese counter or Nino serving up one of their famous hot sausage sandwiches.
Mama mia! How does ten varieties of prosciutto sound? Sounds like you're going to need a big loaf of bread. Aside from the fresh produce, buckets of different varieties and differently spiced olives are a real joy to encounter. The sign on the store says they have 120 different types of cheeses, but Jimmy says it's actually more. They claim (and who's going to double-check?) to have the city's largest selection of virgin, extra virgin and pumice olive oil. Shelves are stocked with traditional Italian baking ingredients, like jars of capers and cans of tomato sauce. Jimmy calls this the "pasta palace," because there are so many different kinds. Bread is homemade fresh daily. Be sure to try their "Visionary Bread," which is an oval loaf with roasted peppers, imported smoke mozzarella, portabella mushrooms, onion, garlic and herb.
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