This is the original Vincents Pizza! I've been eating Vincent's pizza since I was a kid. When we first started going there, it was Vincent himself making the pies. Some people quip that it is too greasy; be warned! This is old school pie! The interior is a bit of a dive too, so if that doesn't interest you, order it to go! Cheap beer too!
I grew up in Wilkinsburg and have been eating at Vincent's for >25 years --- less recently as I've become a "little" more health conscious.
Anyway, as some of the posts have indicated, since Vince has moved into retirement the quality (all the reviews about HUGE portions, etc. normally date from several years ago) of the pie has steadily declined. Toppings are still the same great tasting stuff of years gone by, but what is applied is much more sparse, more like a Domino's pizza. Also, the large pie that used to overlap the serving tray now tends to show a lot of silver around the outside of the pizza. Vince would be ashamed to serve it that way.
The worst change at Vincent's has to do with the employees. Yeah, yeah Vince was always a little gruff and/or rude and the waitresses with Vince's floury handprint on their rear ends weren't singing in the church choir either, but that's not what I'm talking about here. The 'dining room' is chronically under-staffed and the waitresses -- not to mention the obnoxious pizza guy who answers the phone -- don't know how to handle it. If there are more than 3 tables occupied, you can count on "service" that is just terrible. The waitresses ignore customers and argue whenever they make a simple mistake and then complain out loud when other customers leave them with small or no tips.
The "Editor" recommends take-out and that is the way to go because the less that you have to deal with the current Vincent's staff the happier you will be. If the quality of the pizza continues to decline, though, the sad day -- when I would actually have to recommend against purchasing Vincent's pizza -- may be coming!!
A viable alternative (for some) is to drive ~25 minutes east on Route 30 to the Vincent's Pizza near the Norwin Hills Shopping Center. It's the same recipe/formula as the original location (Vince licensed it years ago) and tastes about 95% the same; probably can't duplicate the taste imparted by the old ovens on Ardmore Blvd. The place is close to the Irwin Interchange of the Turnpike at 8871 Route 30. This is a very good alternative!
Pros: Tasty pizza
Cons: Horrible employees
Visiting for X-mas, when you cannot get this anywhere elese makes it that much better. Best anywhere.
I always go to the Vincen'ts in Plum - very friends, great pie.
Grew up with the Vincen'ts in Forest Hills. I haven't been there in years and probably will never go back there again after my experience their yesterday. Called to order a pie, got this horrible miserable man. From some of the other reviews on here, I think this must be the owner - what a miserable individual. I will never go back their again.
p.s. must say the pie was very good!
Pros: still great pizza
what will you get , raw dough , burnt dough .you do not
know. it cost a lot of dough, to find out. I QUIT !!!!!!!!!
Pros: good cheese
Cons: nothing else
The photo for Vincent's does not do the place any justice as the building has been painted and does not look that badly. There was only one waitress in the dining area, but an off-duty cheery employee decided to help out since she was there to watch the game. The pizza is excellent! Period. We went to eat great pizza and that's exactly what we got! Great pizza and not so bad service for only one waitress on duty. If you want to experience an awesome pizza, by all means, GO!
Pros: Fresh dough and tons of ingredients on the pizza
Cons: Not a source of DIET FOOD
As previous posters have related, Vincents' in Forest Hills has completely fallen apart since Vince stopped running the business. The young guy (Vinces' son???) who answers the phone and makes the pies is just the worst kind of person you would ever want fronting a business. Where Vince may have had comtempt for his customers (as most owners of restaurants do...believe it) he concealed it....mostly. Vinnies replacement doesn't hide the fact that he hates what he's doing, hates you, would rather be doing anything that what he's doing and thinks you're a pathetic, mouthbreathing tard for bothering him, which is fine if you work for the County, but when you're the face of the business, its fatal. As a result of the recent spike in the price of, well, everything, the size of the pies has shrunk along with the amount of the toppings. A little tip here, don't mess with a successful product. Raise the price and know people are willing to pay for quality no matter how much they whine about it. Now where was I...horrid attitudes, declining product....oh yeah, I would highly recommend getting your pie to go. If the funk don't freak you out, the fear of the building falling down while your eating could be distracting. I got 100 bucks that says there's no way, NO WAY, the business passes it's next visit from the Health inspector......I'll always argue that Vinnie made the best pie in Pittsburgh history. Unfortunately, that's all it is...history.
Pros: great memories
Cons: see above
The pizza is still okay, but the place is so dirty you can no longer eat there. It smelled so bad last time we had to leave. First we moved to a different table thinking it was a bad spot but, then we just left. The pizza was good but, it will be our last trip there. I have been going there since the 80's. Vincent wasn't exactly a clean place ever, but a sewer smell is too much and it is way more dirty now than ever. What a shame.
It should be shut down.
Pros: Pizza okay
SInce Vincent the owner retired the place has gotten bad an worst every day. Its ashame because when Vincent was there the pizza was out of this world. Now its being run by his children an its terrible. they dont give a dam attitude will bring what Vincent worked so hard for to nothing. I know Vincent personally as a kid growing up an seeing Vincent when i would deliver newspapers . That was back in 1972.. Now the kids running the place are ignorant B I T C H ES and B A S T A R D S.. The dirty f u c k e r s are destroyin what Vincent has made a historical place of Pizza....... The spoiled badly greedy kids of Vincent who run the place will choke on their greedyness an soon Vincent will be a memory......What took Vincent almost 40 years to create will be gone in 3 years
Pros: able to leave
Cons: Stinky,,, s h i tt y service,,pizza nasty.. kids terrible
I have been to Vinny's many times and I used to enjoy their pizza but lately its been on the unedible side, it's been burnt or there is so much cheese (which sometimes is a good thing) but it doesn't seem cooked. Next is the cleanliness of the Pittsburgh establishment. The dining room floors are filthy and the bathrooms, let me just say if your're going to eat there DON"T go to the bathroom before you eat. You will lose your appetite!!! The toilets are always clogged which results in an unpleasant odor, if you catch my drift. Stay away....
Cons: Bathrooms, Service
We had heard of this pizza from friends, so we decided to try it out. My whole family loved it, there was so much, toppings pizza, everything. even the salad. I read on the reviews to make sure shelly was making the pizza's, and she was. Just great. great service too. and man was that place busy. We will be back again, that's for sure.
I'm very tired of spending my hard earned money in establishments that are less than coutious and unwilling to make amends when the give poor service or a poor quality of the product they sell. I've experienced this poor service at multiple McDonalds, KFC's, and Rita's Italian Ice establishments. This evening I yet had to go through it again with Vincent's Pizza Park in Pittsburgh. I called to order and the order taker was very SHORT and acted as though I was bothering him. I still put my order in because I really enjyed there pizza, BAD MOVE!!! My sister and I went to pick up the pizza and still experienced this less than courtous employee who again, acted as though we were 2nd class citizens. We took the pizza home and it was one of the worse pizza's i've had. Now mind you, Vincent's is known for their pizza, it's a very good pie and is known for being very greasy, a eat at your own risk type of food. Well, I knew this because of eating there in the past but again, never really had a problem and really enjoyed the food. Well after being so upset when we got home and started eating the pie that tasted like it had been cooked and then re heated and sold, the pepperoni was chewy as though it was old. I called back and got the shift supervisor. He was basically just as short as the order taker and agrued back and forth with me saying what do you want me to do about it. I told him that I'm calling to make you aware of the poor experience I had after buying his product and that i wasn't trying to get a free pizza. It's like that was supposed to be the band aid to cover the wound. I'm sick of spending my HARD EARNED MONEY in establishments that treat you like a 2nd class citizen and don't even try to apologize but, will be quick to give you an excuse. Please, someone tell me what happened to think customer 1st or the customer is always right because lately i've been made to feel that I'm wrong for asking for quality and courtious service.
I grew up going to "Wednesday pizza nights" at my grandma's house with Vincents pizza. Nothing in the world compares to it. I usually eat healthy, but this is one exception I am more than willing to make because it is worth it. If you haven't been there you HAVE to go!!! I can't say enough good things about the pizza!
Pros: Everything!!! The best pizza you will ever have!
When I was a high school student in the Cleveland area in the early 1980s, a group of friends of mine and I would pile in a car and drive to get a Vinnie Pie, then pile a bunch of half-bakes in the trunk for the return trip home. The Vinnie Pie was the best ever. Dial ahead to 2007 and we'll keep the enthusiasm short and sweet...NOTHING HAS CHANGED!!! It's still the best pie ever, even if Vinnie isn't slapping 'em out anymore or adding the extra "ingredient" of the end of his cigarette. To those who would dump on the place for being a dive I would say this...get over yourself. The place is refreshingly low brow. The decor hasn't changed since the first time I had a Vinnie Pie. And who gives a hoot if you stick to the seats, the pie would be a bargain at twice the price. I've felt the Vinnie Pie has been the gold standard of pizza for the last 25 years...here's hoping for at least another 25. Long live the Vinnie Pie!!!
Pros: What else...it's a Vinnie Pie
Cons: Whatever cons there are, don't be a jagoff, just enjoy the pie!!!
I've been to Vincent's and I've loved it every time. I've been living in Los Angeles for the last 11 years and they have no idea regarding good pizza. I'll write more soon, but I want to know, how can I get a pie delivered here? Someone mentioned that in her review, but I can't find an official website for Vincen't so I can do it too. Help. It's what I've been craving forever!
I only get to the Burgh about once a year since moving to Miami, and I have to tell you that this is one of the first stops we make. You have to make at least one trip to Vincent's while visiting. The pizza crust is thick and chewy, the sauce is excellent, and the toppings. . . .oh, the toppings! To watch them make this pizza is a wonder. Handfuls - literally - of everything you order go on the pie. Fresh mushrooms, sliced pepperoni piled high (not the regular round cut pepperoni), huge pieces of sausage. . . and never mind the need to order extra cheese. Everything is extra here! A medium pie will generously feed 4 people and leave you stuffed! It was a challenge for me to eat 1 1/2 slices of this delight. And the price is more than reasonable. Unlike some pizzas, this is still great microwaved later, but you must get it fresh to experience pure pleasure. Yeah, yeah, yeah. . . Vincents is a dive and doesn't look like much from inside - or out. But what they lack in atmosphere, they more than make up for in the greatest pizza on earth. You realize that if you call a pizza place and they say that your pizza will be ready in 10 minutes, something has to be wrong there - just another assembly line pizza ready to be downed and forgotten. This is a pie you will definitely remember.
We had heard great things, however we didn't really see where it measued up to our expectations. Service a little slow but cordial and accurate. The ingredients used are tasty if a bit copious, and the aroma is enticing even from out in the parking lot, BUT our pie disappointed in a couple of ways! Far more bready than desirable and the toppings were the type that stick together and slide right off the bread. >:-( Also, the very center of the pie was sitting in liquid probably weeped from one of the toppings, we didn't care for that at all. Unfortuately, those things combined with the drafty and dingy eating area and the muddy parking lot equals no return trip anytime soon.
Pros: Aroma, toppings
Cons: sloppiness of the pie, dingy dining area
Vincent's Pizza Park has been my personal favorite pizza shop since moving to the eastern part of Pittsburgh.
1. The shop is a neighborhood mecca.
2. The workers I've encountered are always charming and efficient.
3. Vincent's pizza has quite arguably the best crust out anywhere.
4. They are always generous with their toppings.
5. Their beer selection is excellent. They have Straub.
6. They have a great space for events. "The Lifeless", fans of The It's Alive Show, have enjoyed their hospitality and gave Vincent's high marks!
The only thing that could make Vincent's better would be if they would deliver. In every other respect I give them an A+.
Pros: Plenty of parking space
Cons: No delivery
Best pizza anywhere on the planet! I would be happily sacrifice relatives of mine to eat this pizza at Vinny's.
I grew up on Vinnie's pie, nobody made it better the him, since he has not been making the pizza, it was not as good, so i stopped going. Last week I decided to try it again, somebody told me he had a girl making the pizza's and she was trained by Vince. WOW!! That was just like the old days... Perfect. Any old timers, still looking for the old vin pie. Go GET It. Make sure Shelly is making the pie, and you will be happy.
I've had pies in floida, boston, philly, chicago, nyc, maine, colorado, etc
and this pie takes THEM ALL.
not a deep dish at all but SO THICK and yummy it will take a huge effort to get more than 2-3 slices in your body.
but you won't need more. you will be pleased to the max.
Pros: everything that you could want in a local pizza pub is here. the darknessthe smoky atmosphere (not really but you'd think...) and if you were there 15 yrs ago you would've seen vinnie smoking while he flipped your pies! haha!
Cons: don't order the tap water and make sure you have cash and not credit
Okay, I am originally from the west coast, let us move on.......
This pizza is seriously the BEST I have ever had! I have eaten pizza literally all over the world, and this is awesome. My family and I will only be in PA for two years but I can certainly tell you EVERY chance we get pizza it is Vinnie's pies (am I allowed to say that since I am not "from here")
Sorry New York, sorry Chicago his pizza RULES!
Pros: The best pizza (seriously)
Cons: There isn't one down the street!
This is pizza at its best. There's none of this measured-out, weighed and carefully placed look. This is not health food and makes no pretense to be. It's just good ingredients, lot of them and a great taste that's unique and immediately recognizable. I started eating here as a high school student in 1964. I always enjoyed watching the master at his craft. There were no pretenses and no atmosphere, just great pizza. Four decades later I live in South Carolina but make sure that I eat a Vinnie Pie every time I get to Pittsburgh.
You come here for great pizza; not for atmosphere. You come here for great pizza; not for cheap, two-for-one pizza. You come here for great pizza; not for health food.
I raised my daughter right; any time she gets to Pittsburgh, she brings one back for her old dad. My son lives in Boston and he misses Vinnie Pies.
I have been showing pictures of Vinnie Pies to friends here in SC. They have a hard time believing that any pizza could be this good. I just returned from a visit to the Burgh and brought one back with me (a large with extra cheese, pepperoni, mushrooms and sausage). I have made believers of them!
Pros: Best Pizza Ever
Cons: None - Great Pizza
This pizza is SO GOOD that once I traveled for 12 hours from Wheeling WV to Saranac Lake NY
with a very large suitcase on my lap because we had turned the trunk of the car into a make-shift "fridge" filled with dry ice in order to transport many Vincent's half-baked pizzas to our pizza-starved buddies who were working at a Young Life camp for a month!!! That's some incredible pizza!
Pros: The pizza...That's all that counts.
My first time eating this pizza was an end of the term "party" my teacher had for us. we picked up 2 pizzas and took them back to the school I went to. when I got home that night I told my wife we have to go there you will love this food. we went once a week for six months. now we go as often as possible. This food is well worth the drive from anywhere.
Pros: great prices, great food, great service.
Cons: the only thing that I can say negative about this place is that it is on a divided highway so to speak
If I were dying today and I could have a final meal, it would honestly be a Vincent's pizza. I am a former Pittsburgher and make a trip to Vinnie's every time I go back to Pittburgh. I have been going for over 20 years and my parents have gone for 50 years. Vinnie's Pizza is without a doubt the best pizza on the planet. I have traveled to 40 U.S. states and 16 international countries. I have never found a pizza that compares.
Yes, you are not going to a fine dining establishment, it is a hole in the wall. But, there is truly nothing better than getting a few IC Lights and a Vinny pie with your friends. Eating at Vincent's is a unique experience that should be enjoyed. There was a famous Seinfeld episode about a NYC soup place. I suggest you read Vince's 10 rule before you order or ask questions.
For those that have never been, sadly it is unlikely you will see the legend Vinny himself and even more unlikely that you will have the priviledge of eating a pizza made by him, but the recipe has never changed. For those that complain about the grease, it is called "pizza gravy" by Vinny loyalist. Use your crust to soak it up and eat it. Let nothing go to waste.
You have to get a large because you will want leftovers for breakfast the next moring. In my opinion, the pepperoni, mushrooms, and green olives are the best toppings. Toppings are expensive, but trust me, you get you money's worth. And don't forget Vinny pie are like snowflakes, no pizza is the same shape or size as any other before it.
Try Vinny's, if you don't like it, just send me the leftovers.
I've traveled to places all over the country for the last twenty years, and the first place I go when I come back into town is Vincent's. There is no other pizza worth mentioning. The world would be perfect if Vince built a shop in Penn Hills. If that happened, there would be no reason to leave Penn hills, except to go to Steeler games.
Pros: food and Pittsburgh atmospher
Cons: They aren't open 24 hours a day
A hole in the wall place with a parking lot the size of a truck stop. The pizza is piled high in toppings and I mean literally. Watch out when ordering your size of pizza. I saw a couple come in, order a large pizza, eat a piece each, and take the rest home because the pizzas are oversized. All the waitresses are good looking. If you don't smoke, you might want your pizza to go. It's like the "cool" thing to do there. They get a lot of business--too bad they only take cash. Best pizza in Pittsburgh!
Pros: The pizza is the best, Smokers, Plenty of parking
Cons: They take cash only
I was raised on NY pizza, and Vincents is NOT NY style, but it's wonderful and unique in all the world. IMPORTANT: you have to eat Vincent's pizzas AT Vincents, the take-out is not the same, they're cooked more and are drier to hold up in a box. Yes it's a dive, get over it. Vincent's pizzas are cooked in a hot steam oven which makes the crust bubble up to 2" high and makes the crust crunchy on the outside and moist inside. There's "juice" on the bottom of the pan that's to die for. Break off some crust and dip it in the juice, a unique joy with a Vincent's pie. You can't pick up a vincent's slice, this one you eat with a fork.
Pros: Vincent's Pizza!
Cons: Atmosphere, Smokers
Tried them all but found this Vincent's Pie the winner over all.
Pros: The building
It's the greasiest pizza I've ever had, not something I wish to put in my body.
My family has enjoyed Vincent's Pizza since before I was born. I remeber growing up on "Vinnie Pies"! It is the best pizza I have ever tasted. It is the only pizza that has tons of cheese, a fluffy crust, and doesn't drown you in tomato sauce. I am originally from Pittsburgh and now go to school in Boston. Vincent's is always one of the first places where we go to eat when I come home!
Pros: The Pizza, The service
Cons: The place is a dive
I have eaten at Vincents so many times that I lost count long ago. I have never found anything close to compare.
I started going there back in the early seventies and I am still going. I live in Detroit now but its ussually my first stop when I land in the "Burgh".
I've traveled all over the states and Europe and haven't found anything that is remotely comparable. Especially surprising considering I am a pizzaholic at heart.
All the locals know about it. If you haven't been there - you're are - missing the boat!!!
If you haven't had Vinnie's - you haven't had Pizza! My family has been going to Vinnie's for over 30 years - the thick crust, with toppings just thrown (not placed) on - WOW! I've never had another Pizza that has come close. I now live in Hickory, NC and actually received the best birthday gift last year - a delivered Pie via overnight delivery (yes, a service they offer) - IT WAS GREAT! If you are in Pittsburgh, you need to stop by, you will not regret it
Pros: GREAT!, GREAT!, GREAT!
Cons: you're kidding right?, you're kidding, none
Best pizza in the world. The grease is what makes it so good. Eveytime you go you think that it can't be as good as last time but yes it is.
Living in Texas for the last 22 years has at times been rough, but going back to Greensburg every year always makes some of the rough times seep away. In a weeks' time we have the greatest pizza in the world no less than 5 times. Vinnie the pizza is outstanding. I've had it shipped to Houston, driven to Houston and I've flown with it. This is the best pizza ever, if you ever want to franchise please count me in!!!
I grew up on Vincent's pizza... in fact my parents went there when they were dating and got a free pizza as a wedding gift from Vinnie himself! The place is a hole, but the pizza increadible. I have tried pizza all over the world but a Vinnie Pie is by far the best I've ever had hands down. Come hungry because you'll be stuffed by the end. It's the grease that makes it good!
Vincent's (original in 15221) is the place to go if you really want to "experience" pizza. This guy has been baking for like 50 years - and even is known to ship pizzas all over the country. I have seen the Airborne Express guy there numerous times for pickups. Anyway - thick, bready crust, gooey toppings, absolute heaven!
Pros: Inexpensive, Great Taste, More Filling
Best pizza anywhere.....juicy,filling,great crust and generous toppings! Wish i was in the Burgh!
Pros: great crust, great cheese, great pizza
Grew up in N. Braddock, Pa. on Vincent's "Vinny-Pies". Hands down the best. Can't wait to visit for the holiday's!!!!!!!!!!!
Pros: Parking, Food, Staff
Cons: small, crowded, none in Maryland
Vincents has a unique and truly delicious pizza, not to mention HUGE! Order a large and your slices will be unbelievably big! Having moved away from the area in 1976, I still enjoy it when coming back to visit.
I have been going to Vincent's for almos 50 years and this was the first time I was TOTALLY disapponted. The service was terrible, the pizza was made wrong and when we got it home to eat it was a total mess. What a disappopintment. Every time I come home to Pittsburgh Vincent's is on the top of my list of palces to eat, but any more. What happened to the best pizza in Pittxburgh????
Pros: same location, great aroma, good value
Cons: slow service, poor customer service, not the same old Vinc
A small pie is enough for two. It is more comfortable to sit in the back bar. The pizza is why you come. It is best to get two toppings max. This pie is supurb the next day for lunch eaten cold. If you like thin crust this not the place for you. People come back here for a pie every time that they are back in town. Vinny has sold the main facility and the new owners are keeping the same pizza but are adding salads, sandwiches, deserts, etc. Could be even better.
Pros: The Pizza, Friendly Staff, Vincent himself
Cons: The location, Vinny sold the place, Poor Parking
I have been going to Vincent's since I worked at Westinghouse in 1967. If nothing else you have to see Vincent in action (if he is still there). Before I moved to Florida I asked him to come down and keep me supplied in pizza's. He said he flies pizza's down to Florida. I have know him all these years and still don't know if he was kidding me. lol. This article has moved me to call him and see if he is still there and ask him if he really will send me a pizza to Florida.
Pros: just amazing pizza
Cons: of course the inside
This is the best pizza in the city and arguably the best pizza south of NYC. Everyone should have it at least once i'm having some in an hour!!!
Not just the best pizza in Pittsburgh. It's the best pizza I've ever had. The environment is that of a small dive restaurant and that makes it that much better. Everyone's sick of fabricated cookie cutter restaurants, and Vinny's is one of a kind. They've been offered all kinds of franchise opportunities and Vinny chooses to keep it unique and original. Boo! - chains, All Hail Vinny's Pizza!
Pros: PIZZA, LOCATION, VINNY
Been from San Fransico to New York..........Vincents Pizza Park on Route 30 near is absoultley THE BEST. I am totally addicted! MAIN LINE ME PLEASE!!
Pros: AWESOME PIZZA, AWESOME PIZZA, AWESOME PIZZA
Cons: OPEN AT 4PM, OPEN AT 4PM, Owner just sold
chunky, delicious pizza, best in the city. needs to be open for lunch.
Pros: chunky, large porportions
Cons: dirty dive, leaky packaging
Vinnie Pie! What more can you say. It's the first thing I think of when I wake up, and the last thing before I go to sleep. It's simply amazing. How could a huge savory piece of dough cheese and sauce hold such a big place in my heart, I'll never know. The most amazing pizza in the world. Every person in their right mind should try this pizza, and if you don't like it, you're probably on drugs. The place is just how a pizza place should be, and the pizza is phenomenal! 10+++!
Pros: Excellent, Great, Mmmmmmmm!