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16 hours ago

Restaurant Gems of Pittsburgh
ROCKAWAY PIZZERIA MOVING to REGENT SQUARERockaway Pizzeria🤔 Celebrities have always been a fascination to most people for several reasons. Money, fame, being on TV, etc. are all aspects and items that most people value. The thing is, you typically only see famous people in their final product, you do not see the obstacles that they overcame or the hard work it took to get them to where they are today. Most of them had a long journey that required sacrifice, risk-taking, and using their gifts. They did not play small or stay safe, they went for their dreams and goals with reckless abandon. With this thought in mind, we explore Rockaway Pizzeria in White Oak and see how owner Josh Sickels attacked his goal and mission with relentless persistence. Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he spent a lot of time in living in Brooklyn, New York. He has taken New York Style Pizza to another level by keeping the basic New York pizza philosophy, and adding a unique, fermented dough recipe, super-creative specialty pizzas, and toppings galore. Let us dive in!👓 The vision – Rockaway Pizzeria uses the base model of Queens, New York style pizza. The crust is thin, the ingredients and toppings are top of the line, and it is greasy. Remember, greasiness generated from the finest meats and cheeses that are non-processed adds a ton of flavor without leaving you feeling heavy. Rockaway uses a special fermented dough recipe that takes days before transforming into its final product. The sauce has generous portions of garlic, onion, crushed red pepper, and other ingredients which is slowed cooked to perfection. The cheese is imported from Italy. This sets the foundation for one of Rockaway Pizzeria’s slogans, “pizza is art.”🧀 The basics – Before I dive into all the mind-blowing toppings and specialty pizzas, let us first start with the basics of the pizza and your lighter options. All pizzas are 18” 8 cut-pies. You can also order by the slice at certain times which is hard to come by in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area. Rockway has your standard toppings such as pepperoni and sausage but takes it up a notch with some of these notables. Toppings that you do not typically see which Rockaway has are hot soppressata and genovetta, San Marzano tomatoes, breaded eggplant, prosciutto, and hot cherry peppers. If you want to keep it light, you can order a plain pizza, a topping of your choice, or the Margherita pizza which features fresh mozzarella, fresh basil, San Marzano tomatoes, olive oil, and sea salt.🍗 The specialty pizzas – A lot of places nowadays offer specialty pizzas. Rockaway Pizzeria also does this but at a whole other level. Using top of the line ingredients, creativity, and a massive selection to choose from, Rockaway Pizzeria’s specialty pies are second to none. I cannot list them all, I urge you to check out their menu, but here are some notables.🍕 The Carcosa (captioned) – If you have been following me for a while, you probably have realized I try and showcase the biggest, boldest, and craziest items I can find. How about a pound of pepperoni on one pizza? Not just any pepperoni, but top-quality pepperoni that has triple the thickness and is hand cut. The crust on this pie is thicker to support the massive amounts of pepperoni and delicious grease generated from the pepperoni. However, it is surprisingly thin enough that this pizza is not heavy. Finally, all the salt generated from the pepperoni adds the finishing touch. If you have an open mind, I highly recommend you try this pizza because it is purely and simply delicious and will blow your mind.🇮🇹 The Italian Widowmaker – Again, not for the faint of heart, but delicious. It features mozzarella, pepperoni, sausage, hot soppressata, genoa salami, and banana peppers.🍝 The Red Top – This pizza is for your sauce lovers. It features mozzarella, Parmigiano-Reggiano, pecorino Romano, and finished with a swirled, house-made tomato sauce on top.🥩 The Flamethrower – How about this for flavor? A prime cut of New York Strip steak, mozzarella, hot cherry peppers, banana peppers, fresh garlic, and finished with olive oil.🥪 Other menu items - If you are not looking for pizza, Rockaway Pizzeria also offers appetizers, salads, calzones, and hoagies.🧐 My final take – If you are big into attention to detail, you realize how special this place is. The time and research that Josh Sickels has put into the fermentation of the dough, the slow cooked sauce, the imported cheeses from Italy, and the highest quality toppings and ingredients money can buy is nothing short of spectacular. I am especially drawn to establishments and people that want to be the best and separate themselves from the rest of the pack. Rockaway Pizzeria is one of the newer establishments that is setting the gold standard in the Pittsburgh Metropolitan area for how pizza should look and taste. ... See MoreSee Less
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22 hours ago

Restaurant Gems of Pittsburgh
ALLEGHENY-KISKI VALLEY RESTAURANT CONTINUES TRADITION of FAMILY, HOSPITALITY, and HERITAGE in STEEL TOWNG&G Restaurant🏭 Vandergrift, Pennsylvania, gone are the days that the huge smokestacks of Apollo Iron and Steel Company spewed flames around the clock in the AK Valley, lighting the skies orange. However, the imprint that this hard working, blue collar history has left on this steel town is priceless. Money can buy you many things, but it cannot buy you life’s lesson. Hard work, respect, loyalty, and resiliency are characteristics that money cannot buy. As complex as life has become, you can find meaning and purpose in keeping it simple. G&G Restaurant has done this for 3 generations. They believe that hospitality, made from scratch food, and paying homage to their ancestors makes the world go round. Let us see why this small restaurant has gained so much respect in the greater Pittsburgh area for what seems like an eternity.🍳 Breakfast – After speaking with some of the locals, they all say that breakfast is always packed at G&G Restaurant. Known for huge portions, this is a place you will not leave hungry. The Omelets are enormous and packed with flavor. Some favorites are the Philly Omelet which is packed with rich Philly Steak. Want a combination of meats? Go with the Meat Lover’s Omelet which is Ham, Bacon, and Sausage. Specialty items include Chicken Waffles which gives you a generous portion of 2 extra large chicken planks topped with honey. If you are feeling a sweet tooth the Red Velvet Waffle will satisfy that craving. It features fresh strawberries, Sweet Cream Cheese, topped off with Whip Cream. It literally is breakfast and Desert in one. G&G is also known for its sizable Breakfast Sandwiches. The most striking is the Breakfast Hero. A fresh, hoagie bun creates the base for the mountain of toppings. This sandwich has 3 eggs, ham, bacon, sausage, and American cheese. If you are searching for protein, this specialty sandwich will not disappoint. G&G also has your traditional breakfast plates as well. Some say Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, G&G will make sure your breakfast craving is satisfied!🥩 Lunch/Dinner – G&G is known for making food fresh from scratch. They roast their own turkey and roast beef, which creates delicious bases to a lot of their menu items. As indicated before, this place is known for huge portions, meaning depending on your appetite, most leave with leftovers. The Philly Steak and Cheese (captioned) immediately will wow you with sheer size. It has fresh roast beef, finished with red and green peppers, and fried onions. Make it a platter for a small upcharge which includes fries and coleslaw. The Enzo’s Grilled Meatloaf is just like grandma made it back in the glory days. G&G uses just the right amount of fat ratio in their ground beef which keeps it super juicy, but not too greasy as well. Finish it with some homemade gravy, this has comfort food written all over it. The Vanderburger features a pound of this fresh, ground beef if you are feeling super hungry. Other favorites are the wraps, poultry items which includes the house roasted Turkey Bacon Cheddar. The 12-ounce Breaded Cod Sandwich with fresh cut fries is also a fan favorite. Finish off the dinner menu with salads and your choice of appetizers. Bottom line, you have a diversified menu, and you know whatever you order is going to be good.🧐 My final take. What I love about G&G Restaurant is it is old fashioned, and it is a throwback. They slow things down and emphasize the old fashion way of serving you. G&G prides itself on making sure every item that leaves the kitchen is a generous portion, full of flavor, and made with love. The service is excellent and after meeting the manager Chris, it does not take long to see what a genuine person he is and his passion for serving the community. It is no secret that this place has been there for 3 generations. They treat you like gold and serve delicious food. What is not to like? ... See MoreSee Less
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2 days ago

Restaurant Gems of Pittsburgh
NEW YORK CITY STYLE DINER LANDS in STEEL CITY!Central Diner & Grille🤔 When you think of a typical Pittsburgh Diner, you think of a small, quaint establishment with typically some type of bar seating where you can walk right up, sit down, and order your meal. The food is typically inexpensive and delicious. The variety of people that visit diners is unique in that you have everyone from a college professor that educates, to an iron worker that builds America’s infrastructure.🌆 If you have never been to New York City, however, you may not realize that diners in the Big Apple are a little different. Unlike a typical Pittsburgh Diner which have limited hours, New York diners are typically open from morning to late at night. Instead of a somewhat limited menu, the menu selection is huge, and you can literally order almost any culinary item you want.🏭 Pittsburgh residents now get to enjoy the benefits at a New York style diner as Dimitrios Takos and wife Jennifer, have opened Central Diner & Grille in Robinson, Township. They have incorporated their 18 years of restaurant experience in the New York City area to replicate and put their own spin on their New York City style diner. Let us dig in!🌶 The menu – The menu selection is huge and offers a wide variety of options. You can order breakfast at any time of the day. There is a multitude of different salad options to choose from. If you’re looking for a sandwich they have wraps, panini’s, burgers, triple decker sandwiches, and classic/specialty sandwiches. A lot of NY City Diners specialize in Greek cuisine, Central Diner is no different. Other entrees include pasta, seafood, Italian, and steak and chops.🍳 Breakfast – As you would expect at any diner, Central Diner & Grille specializes in in Breakfast items that are complex and full of flavor. The Meat Lovers Omelet (captioned) features bacon, sausage, and ham which includes hash browns or fries and toast. The Western Skillet features hash browns, ham, green peppers, and onions. It is topped with American, cheddar, Swiss, and mozzarella cheese. Finally, it is finished with 3 eggs cooked to your liking. If you want to go all out, the Romanian or Ribeye Steak & Eggs features the most flavorful, marbled cut of steak which is cooked to your liking.🥪 🥩 Lunch and Dinner – The list is extensive; it is recommended to check their menu out online before you go so you have some general direction of your menu selection. Here are a few items that caught my eye. The Greek Moussaka features a layering of eggplant, sliced potatoes, meat sauce, and bechamel. The Stuffed Shrimp entrée gives you the best of both worlds which combines seared shrimp stuffed with crabmeat and finished with a garlic butter sauce. Butter/lemon gives a greater flavor pop to most seafood items. If you are looking for a panini, you can’t go wrong with the Cuban. The Pork is slow roasted which makes it super juicy and flavorful. Add pickles, Swiss cheese, and Dijon mustard dressing, and you have all the elements of a great sandwich.🧐 My final take – When you have a menu this extensive and a lot of traffic from a loyal customer base, the service must be top notch. In my travels I met an experienced restaurant reviewer that was told that if you have excellent food and poor service, people will more than likely not return. If you have decent food and excellent service, people will be back. Central Diner serves excellent food, is ample staffed, and runs like a well-oiled machine. If you haven’t had a chance to go to a New York City diner in your travels, this is as close as it gets. Once you dine here, you will already be planning your next visit! ... See MoreSee Less
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2 days ago

Restaurant Gems of Pittsburgh
🧀🧀🐖 SMOKED SWISS CHEESE THAT is OUT of THIS WORLD!!!Willie's Smoke House, LLC - Smoked Specialty Meats Willie's Smoke House, LLC - Smoked Specialty Meats🧐 I have a challenge or experiment if you choose to partake. Over the next month, take a moment and ask people you encounter if they have or know someone who has a camp in the Tionesta/Tidioute area. I think you will be pleasantly surprised how many people say yes? The Allegheny National Forest is nicknamed, “the Natural Escape.” Most will tell you, when you enter the land of enchantment you can feel the stress melt away. Take a Kayak and enjoy the beautiful scenery along the Allegheny River, fish Tionesta Creek, or play a round of golf at one of the mountain courses. Camping trips bring people together, remove you from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, and let you go back to the basics for a few days. This being my 15th year in a row, we always make it a point to stop at Willie’s Smoke House. Let me show you why this is a must stop on the way to the mountains.🥩 For over 40 years, Willie’s has used a century-old recipe for dried beef. Using only the highest quality meats and a unique blend of hardwoods, the flavor of their smoked meats and cheeses is incredible. The Beef jerky has a salty, crisp, and flavorful taste. If you are looking for something lighter you can try their various kinds of Beef Sticks. They are also known for their smoked bacon and hams. You will find different rubs, marinades, and sauces as well.🧀 Willie’s is also famous for their smoked cheeses. Offering varieties such as Colby Jack, Brick, American, and Havarti Cheese. Our personal favorite is their Smoked Swiss. I do not really care for Swiss Cheese, however, the flavor that is added during the smoking process is incredible. Our Camping party always buys pounds of it and there is never any left to bring home.🕺As always, my final take... There is an added element when visiting a Smoke House or Meat Market. You can get unique items that you just cannot find in a grocery store. The recipes are unique, and a lot of times passed down from generation to generation. Bottom line, Willie’s puts a lot of time and effort in perfecting their extremely tasty meats and cheeses. Once inside, the wonderful smell will tell you, you have come to the right place... ... See MoreSee Less
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