Pittsburgh Restaurant Scene
For most people, Rt. 19 isn’t exactly a destination for good dining. It’s a good place to buy a new car or truck, a “good” place for a drive-thru meal, fill up your gas tank, and maybe even buy some furniture. There are of course a few decent spots for food (Totin’s, Wexford Ale House, Miyako Steakhouse, Patron), but there is always room for more dining options. Allow us to add The Oven Pizza Co. to the short list of places for grub on Rt. 19.
We don’t find ourselves in Wexford that often, maybe grocery shopping at Whole Foods or Market District, occasionally grab a beer & burger at Wexford Ale House. One night however we had to grab some groceries and were heading to the Market District, and we had not eaten dinner yet. We do not like to shop when hungry (way too many impulse buys!). We pulled into the parking lot of Village at Pine Plaza and weighed out our options. El Campesino and Ichiban were out, as was Sonic. We noticed the sign for The Oven and agreed to give it a shot.
The Oven has been around since 2009, but since 2011 (Gary and Lisa Matson) it has been under new ownership and they have guided the restaurant to where it is today. The space is warm and inviting, with stained concrete floors, lots of natural light, garage door wall that opens to the outdoor patio, and of course the open kitchen. We decided to get comfy in a booth next to the windows (a tad too hot to eat outside tonight) and wait for our food to be prepared.
The menu is standard Pizza Shop fare done their way; pizza, Panini’s, salads, and wings. D and I decided to share a pizza and a small order of wings. Side note- they serve one size of pizza, but you are able to order any style pizza by the slice. They have an array of specialty pizzas but since it was our first time we went with the pepperoni pie (nice and simple). The wings are roasted in the oven along with the pizza. They are simply seasoned and served with a few different dipping sauces. We loved the wings, they are decent size, juicy and the meat is tender. They don’t even need a dipping sauce.
Now the pizza is downright amazing! It is thin crust, with just the right amount of cheese and sauce; the crust is chewy with just the right amount of crunch. The pizza and wings were just the right size, neither of us left stuffed nor wanting more. I think next time we dine here we need to try a Panini, the dough for these is also made fresh in house. A table behind us was eating Panini’s and they looked really good.
We love when we stumble upon new restaurants. This place puts out some really good food. If you want pizza but are in the mood for something different than the standard stuff, we suggest visiting The Oven Pizza Co.. They also serve wine and beer if that may persuade you to giving them a shot. We have already dined here a few times since our first visit.
The Oven Pizza Co.
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Located in the Village of Pine Plaza
2000 Village Run Rd
Wexford, PA 15090