Born and raised in Jersey. Know a thing or 2 about pizza. Was transplanted to Georgia 20 years ago and have been on a quest for real pizza ever since, a few come close to "good" NY style pizza but no cigar yet. Spent a couple a few days in Pittsburgh a few months ago a stumbled on this pizza joint on Penn Ave + 20th. Sign said "voted best pizza in Pittsburgh". Yeah right, everybody's place says that right? Took the wife and kids there for lunch. Asked for 2 slices of pepperoni and sausage, the waitress said "hey these are big slices, you sure" I was hungry after watching my wife throw money around at all the little shops on Penn, told her to bring them. Let me tell you guys something. Forget about "N.Y." pizza. This was the best ever. First of all the crust was just between a thin NY and a thick Chicago pizza. The sauce was thick and flavorful and a little on the sweet side. The toppings were real. The pepperoni was dark and spicy, was shredded, kinda chipped up, not round slices, and it was spilling off the pizza. The sausage was to die for, well done and they didn't skimp on that either. It was cooked perfectly, (a little more than less) hot cheesy, great cheese, melting off the sides, flavors busting off everywhere. Forget about NY pizza. I have been thinking about the food at this place since I left. And yes, the slices where monsters, finished the first, put a small dent in the second. If you want a good (and BIG) slice of pie there will be no disappointments trying this place.
I recently had a party of 30 reserved for Kretzler's, a restaurant/bar not far from Silvioni's. It was a rehearsal dinner for my daughter's wedding. After speaking several times to ensure that everything was set, we were waiting at the other place for 45 minutes and had the manager screaming at me in front of other patrons and the wedding party. My daughter called Silvioni's and in a matter of seconds we were told that they could accomodate my party and would do so gladly. We all loaded into our cars and took the short jaunt down Babcock Blvd to Silvioni's. It was probably the best thing that could have happened. In a matter of 15 minutes, we were seated and having refreshments served. The food was wonderful, the accomodations were fantastic and the service was excellent. We were saved and were treated better, and serviced better by "that other place" ever could have offered. In the future, I, and the party I was with will definitely visit you restaurant. Because of the service and willingness to accomodate us you have grown new customers. We will definitely be back as will all of the party due to the pleasant experience we had. Thank you, you and your staff are life savers and did an excellent job, and the food was wonderful.
Some years ago I discovered Bravo Franco quite by chance--a theatre outing brought me to Pittsburgh without dinner plans and as I walked down Penn Ave., the view from the restaurant window beckoned. Without reservations on a busy theatre night, there was no chance of a table, but a seat at the bar was available, and there I slid into a warm, congenial setting, the memory of which lingered for a number of years. Returning to Pittsburgh for a conference, I was delighted to learn that Bravo Franco was close by and "my" seat in the bar was still available. The bartender, hostess, and wait staff were extremely gracious and welcoming--attentive with an easy courtesy, but never hovering. The dinner was a three-course affair--an exquisitely prepared martini with classic aridity, a wonderful salad with the house balsamic dressing with fresh blue cheese and fresh pepper (the balsamic did not overwhelm, as so often seems to be the case), and a course of zitti with tomato-basil sauce. The latter was not extraordinary, and the price might lead you to expect that it would be, but the total effect of the meal was very satisfying. And I love the setting . . . will surely return!