Pittsburghers love pizza! And we’ve got more than a few superstars firing out cheesy heaven across the city. However, we wouldn’t dare name one “the best.” Pizza allegiances here have been known to tear entire families apart. Mineo’s or Aiello’s? Fiori’s or Beto’s? Vincent’s or Campiti’s?
We’ll stay away from that… Instead, we’ll serve up some za Fitt-style. High-quality, fresh ingredients. Local sourcing. Diet-friendly. Cooked to perfection. If you’re looking for a healthier slice, you go to these 11 Pittsburgh eateries.
Once you go Spak…you’ll never eat another piece of greasy, preservative packed pizza again. That’s because this spot is proving just how good healthy can taste. Because feeling good about the ultimate feel-good food is so clutch. Think fresh, local and, sustainable ingredients Vegan- and vegetarian-friendly. Meat and cheese substitutes. All cooked with love in Garfield. What more could you ask for? Oh, we know! Delivery.
Want a COMPLETELY different take on pizza? Manakish Flatbreads – only at B52 Cafe in Upper Lawrenceville. Before you knock it, try it. Each of the delicious, savory snacks are vegan (everything at B52 is vegan, for that matter), but boy are they flavorful. Try Za’atar with dried herbs and sesame or the Cashew Cheese with fried tomatoes. We’re venture out to say this may be the healthiest pizza-type-thing in the city.
If you love a thin and crispy crust, Slice should be your spot. And when you’re there, the smart order is the Veggie Pie. It’s made with fresh baby spinach, mushrooms, artichoke hearts, black olives, green peppers, roasted red peppers, and sliced red onions. Still not healthy enough? Slice will customize your pizza. Owner Rico Lunardi suggests ordering your pie without cheese. Slice’s ingredients are so fresh, and the crust so killer, that you won’t even miss the cheese. But you will save on some calories.
Any restaurant that grows its own ingredients on a rooftop garden earns good-for-you status in our mind. Hence Dinette appearing on this list. To say that their food is fresh would be an understatement. It’s fresh picked. As a result, the menu is seasonal and inventive. Like the tuna pizza with escarole, radicchio, thyme salmoriglio, fresh mozzarella, and tomato. There’s simply no other pie like this in town.
If you avoid the glutens, Mandy’s is your gluten-free go-to. For them, gluten-free isn’t a fad. It’s life and death. That’s because the owner’s son Brandon has life-threatening food allergies. When they couldn’t find allergy-friendly foods, they made them in-house. Now their menu has expanded to include gluten-free, vegan and allergen-friendly pizzas, flatbreads, hoagies, and so much more! And yeah, these breakthrough eats are gobbling up awards like no one’s business.
You probably know Amazing Café for their juice. No, it’s not what your thinking. Pizza juice doesn’t exist (but should it?). What really makes our mouth water here is their Peace Pizza (which is solid…in both senses of the word.) You’ll have to dig through the greens, seasonal veggies, pesto, and tomato sauce just to find the gluten-free crust, but once you do, you’ll be at peace too. Try a personal pizza after a yoga sesh at their neighboring South Side studio.
If you think pepperoni is the only topping for a pizza, you have to get out more. Why not swap in something healthier? And fresh. And local. Then you need to get to The Porch at Schenley in the heart of Oakland. There, you can dive into a number of creative pizzas, all using fresh herbs and produce grown on their rooftop garden. On a summer day, you’ll likely find us crushing a Butternut Squash pizza with shaved fennel and Tuscan kale (and we don’t want to share).
The folks over at OTB can whip up a burger with peanut butter on it, wrap up a fried avocado taco, and make you consider giving up meat with their menu full of veg-friendly eats. But you may not know about their healthy pizza…because it’s not on the menu. Well, it is if you ask for the right menu. Over the Bar’s secret menu for their South Side spot is 100% paleo. And Jenn’s Chicken Pizza is stacked with fresh veggies, coated with a garlic aioli sauce, and served on a protein crust!
We all know that eating a salad is a healthy choice. But that’s hard to do, especially if you’re out to eat or craving pizza. Enter Proper Brick Oven and Tap Room. They offer a Mediterranean pie topped with oven-roasted roma tomatoes, kalamata olives, caramelized sweet onion, baby artichoke hearts, arugula, and crumbled feta. According to owner Suzanne Hrach, it’s like “eating your salad on a pizza.” Yeah, they just made you a salad-loving, healthy pizza eater.
If you’re gluten-free, we don’t have to tell you where to go – you already know. But if you’re just looking for the most delicious baked goods sans gluten and dairy, hit up Gluuteny in Squirrel Hill. Why’d they make our pizza post? Pizza pockets. Oh gosh yes, pizza pockets. It’s gluten-, soy-, and nut-free, vegan, and perfect to grab for a quick bite. Can’t every pocket be a pizza pocket if you try hard enough?
Pizza, booze, and party, that’s what Spirit does. And the pizza from what they call Slice Island is phenomenal. In addition to your standard cheese (which is a revelation in its own right), they feature a vegetarian-friendly red pizza with drunken tomato sauce, and the apple pizza of our eye, the Veg pizza. It’s tomato, mozzarella, parmesan, pine nuts, parsley, and arugula oil and pairs nicely with a cold brew and a large side of party.
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