Pepperoni’s – Bethel Park Suburb
Growing up I never ate cheese but I loved pizza. I would remove it with the deftness of a surgeon and then basically munch on a greasy piece of dough. Things changed in my early twenties when my palette advanced enough that I started to leave the cheese on and much to my surprise it made pizza even more delicious! Although this discovery bettered my world it heavily contributed to my weight reaching its maximum during that time in my life. Eventually though I figured out that it’s best to enjoy pizza in moderation and to exercise regularly. So now whenever I’m in the mood for a great pizza I head to Pepperoni’s in Bethel Park.
Pepperoni’s is located on Donati Road near South Hills Village Mall. It’s a relatively modest place with a handful of tables inside and some additional seating outside on a back deck. The restaurant is minimally decorated however it does have a wall clock that looks like a pizza with twelve pepperonis instead of numbers. I often wish I could get a smaller version to wear as a watch.
My wife and I get the large garden salad (without onions) and a large (8 slice) Sicilian pepperoni pizza. The salad is a great starter even though it’s only semi-healthy because of the heap of shredded mozzarella on top. We always get two containers of the Italian salad dressing because it’s so good that my wife refuses to share and because we also use it as a dipping sauce for the pizza. If you choose to follow our lead, I have two warnings for you: 1) be sure to frequently shake the dressing because it separates quickly and 2) ensure you have the lid on tight when you do this or you’ll end up covered in dressing*.
The cheese is a tasty mix and the pepperoni is of the crispy quarter-sized variety. The standard topping amount is huge compared to other establishments so ordering extra is unnecessary. That being said, the large quantity of pepperoni can make the pizza pretty greasy. But if you wanted a healthy dinner you probably wouldn’t eat at a place named after cured meat.
Final Call: Over the years I’ve had pizza in Chicago, New York City, and even Athens, Greece** and Pepperoni’s remains on the top of my list. They are a family-owned business with friendly service to go along with their great food.
* I once opened a can of Slim Fast to drink while I was driving to work, then forgot I opened it and proceeded to shake it vigorously. I’ve kept a clean shirt and a pair of pants in my office ever since.
** The pizza I had in Athens was awful. I was sick of eating souvlaki and thought “It’s pizza, how bad could it be?” The answer was “very, very bad.”