Remember "The Book of Questions" you used to play on long road trips? I recall being asked, "if you could eat one thing everyday for the rest of your life what would it be?" My answer has always been pizza. Which brings us to today's restaurant review of Sir Pizza. (Family anecdote: While on a long family road trip when I was 8, we were playing the questions game and someone asked,"if you could get a tattoo, what would it be and where?" No one thought my dad was paying attention since he was behind the wheel until he blurted out, "a big pair of lips on my ass." If you know good' ole Bob, you are probably laughing right now.)
Back to business: Sir Pizza, is straight up, the best pizza I've ever had. With a few locations in the Pittsburgh area, this place is the culinary equivalent of falling in love with some Italian stallion while vacationing in Rome. Well... that may be a wee bit of an exaggeration, but it's a hell of a good pizza pie.
So what makes it so special? It has all the elements you'd want in a perfect pie; fresh crispy crust, an awesome tangy sauce, provolone cheese (more flavorful than mozzarella), and grated pepperoni. The grated pepperoni as opposed to the tradition slices makes for better distribution and flavor. They cut the pizza into small squares instead of triangular slices which I think is a nice touch because you don't feel like you are eating as much, but let's be serious - it's hard not to. A large pepperoni is under $12 which is a price you can't beat. They also serve salads, sandwiches , pasta, and beer. GOOD beer too, like Magic Hat, Dogfish Head, Oberon, and various seasonal brews to name a few. I typically don't stray from the classic pepperoni pizza order at Sir Pizza, but for the sake of a well rounded restaurant review, my date and I ordered a half sub to try. The deliberation wasn't easy with such an array of mouthwatering choices, but since it was Valentines Day, I got to pick. (What a guy, that Ross). We ordered "The Crusader" (baked ham, salami, spiced ham, cheese, lettuce, onion, tomato, oil & vinegar on a toasted Vienna roll) and sweet Jesus, was it ever good.
I typically visit the Ross Township location, so I'm not sure if the other locations are identical, but I just love the simplicity of this place. If you weren't hungry in parking lot, I guarantee you'll be hungry once you have two feet in the door. When you walk in, the aroma of tomato sauce, Italian spices, and gooey melted cheese overwhelms you senses. You place your order at the counter and they call your name when your order is ready - nothing fancy. This is a family owned operation with generations upon generations of wedding portraits covering the wall - very cute and fun to look at.
Side Note: Yes, this restaurant review was done on Valentines Day. Five star, pricey places aside, this is where I wanted to go. What can I say; I'm a cheap date. And by cheap I mean inexpensive, not trampy. This Valentine's Day date also included a visit to The Andy Warhol Museum, and for a sweet treat, we enjoyed a delicious Tiramisu Torte from Trader Joe's. Why would I bother baking when this gem is available for $6.99?!
I finally found a rating system that works for my restaurant reviews. Sir Pizza receives a Gold Medal. The pizza and the tiramisu were this good (I couldn't have said it better myself)...