I’m always looking for a good pizza. I’ve been told by a number of people that Vincent’s pizza is good, so I decided to give it a go this weekend.
I was told it can get pretty busy, so I went there with the family at 5 PM. The “Home of the Vinnie Pie” was easy to find with a large sign on the roof as it was still daylight, but I noticed that the sign isn’t light up and thus it could be hard to find when it’s dark. The restaurant takes cash only. There’s an ATM inside.
Initial impressions: Good. The place reminded me of a 1980’s pizza joint, and had a comfortable feel to it, for a pizza joint. We were greeted promptly and told to choose our own table which was easy as the place was only 1/2 full. We chose a large booth in the back of the restaurant which fit our party of 7 very comfortably.
SERVICE: poor. Once at our table, 15 minutes passed before someone came to the table to take care of us. Luckily we already had menus on hand so we ordered immediately. Once the order was placed, it took roughly another 15 minutes to get our drinks, and 45 minutes to get our food. We had ordered 2 pizza, the mushroom/onion/sausage pizza came after 45 minutes and the cheese pizza came after 55 minutes. It took the waitress 10 minutes to bring our bill after we asked for it. Mind you, this terrible service occured when the restaurant was 1/2 empty. I can’t imagine what it’d be if we had come later in the evening. On the plus side, the waitress was very friendly.
FOOD: above average. Vincent’s pizza has a thick crust on the edges, which thins out towards the middle. You can taste the freshly made dough, it’s delicious. Vincent also passed my 3 quality assessment test for pizza places: Do they use canned or fresh mushrooms, is the sausage “rabbit droppings” or the real stuff, and do they use real cheese? I’m happy to say that Vincent’s passes on all accounts (fresh mushrooms, real sausage, real cheese) – and that translates into a great tasting pizza. I’d been told their pizza were very greasy, but the two that we had definitely were not in that category. Also, the pizza did not taste too salty (Minio’s, in Squirrel Hill, is quite greasy and salty by comparison). Another plus: they have several beers on tap. We had Samuel Adam’s spring beer which was fantastic.
PRICES: reasonable. A large cheese pizza, which will feed at least 4 people cost $14. A large 3 topping pizza tops $30 but it’ll probably feed 5 or 6 people.
CLEANLINESS: The dining area was clean. The men’s bathroom was disgusting with the urinal overflowing onto the floor.
CONCLUSION: Vincent’s pizza makes a great pizza – fresh ingredients, great crust, not too greasy or salty. I put it above Mineo’s pizza for sure. I’d love to have a pizza place close to home which I could frequent on a regular basis, and I had hoped this would be it (I don’t like take out very much, as the pizza never seems to taste as good at home compared to fresh out of the oven) but I don’t think this place will do. Service was terrible and frankly, it makes me pause as to whether I’d return there. I probably will go back eventually, because the pizza really is quite tasty – but it won’t be anytime soon. When I do go back, I’ll make sure to go early, be in no rush, not starving, and have an empty bladder.
What’s your favorite pizza place?