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A New Vincent's Pizza is Rising from the (Oven) Ashes

A new look for an old favorite along Route 30 at the North Braddock/Forest Hills border.

The sign along Route 30 that features a picture of the late Vincent Chianese tossing the dough for his famous "Vinnie Pies" in the air says it all: "Coming soon."

Work has been progressing steadily on the building where Chianese opened his pizza shop and bar in 1950. The building is owned by Chianese's daughter, Toni Zollner, who had hinted at a comeback for the landmark that served a Pittsburgh classic.

The outside looks like a whole new building—a big change from the dated look the pizza shop and bar had when it closed last spring.

The only questions remaining are: How soon? Will it retain the name Vincent's Pizza Park? And what does the inside look like?

Are you looking forward to the return of the Vinnie Pie? Do you have a favorite story about Vincent's Pizza? Tell us in the comments section.

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Paul Gamrat January 31, 2013 at 01:31 PM
This is the best news I've heard in a long time. I sure hope the owner will stay true to the recipie of the old pizzas and kept some of the old ambience.
Ray Kachman January 31, 2013 at 02:25 PM
The Pittsburgh Pizza Guys will investigate & gather info soon.
CH January 31, 2013 at 03:44 PM
Favorite Story... When Vincent would exit the bathroom and his hands were covered with flower. Hum? Another One... We had just finished off our vinnie pie only to see that Vincent's 357 sitting in the counter, behind that wall of glass, was pointed right at me the entire time.
Douggie Vee January 31, 2013 at 03:51 PM
cant wait!
Pattie Duff January 31, 2013 at 03:53 PM
My husband and I have been going to Vinnie's since we were teens in the 60's! We love the pizza and hope the recipe is the same. We can't wait for it to reopen. There is no other pizza like Vinnie's! Hope the reopening is soon!
Raindance January 31, 2013 at 04:16 PM
My first taste of "store bought" pizza was in the 50's after roller skating at the Ardmore Rink was at Vincent's. I was hooked. Yes, Vinnie would come out of the men's room with flour still on his hands and also dangling a cigarette with ashes falling into the pizzas. I tried to block that out of my mind since it was so great. Hope they keep the same receipe and open soon.
Jennifer Guenther January 31, 2013 at 04:23 PM
I have been going to Vinnie's since I was a little girl. Although I am excited to hear that it is reopening, as a true Pittsburgher, I am sorry to hear the inside is changing. I remember the old tables, the chairs and the decor from my youth. At least my three kids can build the same memories that I share (but with updated tables). I could go for a pie now!
Joe Marini January 31, 2013 at 07:23 PM
Hearing a customer complain to Vinny about the Pizza, and his response. 'Leave.' Classic. Greatest pizza ever.
demarr starr-rawlings February 01, 2013 at 02:30 AM
yea!!!!!!!!
David Westerman February 01, 2013 at 08:55 AM
In my much younger days my friend and I consumed an entire large Pie (not one bite left). While walking home along the Ardmore Blvd a rest became necessary so we stopped to sit and digest a while. A Forest Hills police officer stopped and asked us to explain our lingering ways. The understanding officer told us to not sit too long. Pepperoni,mushrooms,and onion again, I can't wait!
Renny Domske February 01, 2013 at 05:49 PM
When I lived in Iowa, every time back in Western PA would end up with a trip to Vinnie's to take his pepperoni special wrapped in butcher paper back across the Mississippi.

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