I don't go for "fine dining" I go for the best Vinnie Pie.
I was introduced to Vincent's Pizza when I was just a little girl around 9yrs old. I would fight my older brothers for the pizza! The size was enormous to me! I had never been to any place like this before. From the outside the curb appeal is well NOT GOOD...when you get inside you don't know what to expect.
I come from Beaver county where everything on the main street is for the prissy people and we have the best of the best! We have lines of people dying to get a table for Mario's pizza and I'm like hey I'd like to eat there but I'd much rather have a Vinnie Pie! I don't go there for atmosphere, or great customer service I go to eat and have good pizza.
If you are the kind that doesn't like a little dust on your table or you like a great dining experience then I suggest just getting takeout! If you don't want alot of saltyness do not order pepperoni for your first pizza...get mushroom or extra cheese. Plain chees is amazing. I don't know what that person was saying about mushrooms from a can! I've had Vincen's pizza recently and I know for a fact that these mushrooms are NOT from a can or jar! The ingredients are all real and they use block cheese and shredd it themselves. Everything is fresh and quality.
If you are a health nut...this is NOT THE PLACE FOR YOU...the pizza is delicious but greasy and full of toppings and they serve very large portions.
The crust is hit and miss, you either like it because you are a crust lover or you don't because there is too much for you. This is a place for people who care about the PIZZA PIES AND NOT THE DINING EXPERIENCE...Not for the people who want a nice quiet family dinner or romantic place to go.
More like a place to kick back with friends and have a beer. Best pizza I've ever had! Hands down Vincent's is the best I've ever had!
What a let down,,,really terrible,. My husband and I were taking my 8 year old grandaughter home last Sunday and thought we would stop and treat her to some Vincent's Pizza. We stopped at the Forest Hills restaurant. We ate Vincents before, but not at this location in years. The first impression getting out of your car--is the fear of falling because the outside entrance is in bad shape. We ordered a large pizza with mushrooms. When it arrived--I had to pick the food off my fork from the previous customers..(yum). The pizza had huge crust--which was very doughy and under cooked. The mushrooms were from a can and all the juice from them were under the pizza. It was so bad. When we left, my grandaugher told us that the pizza wasn't very good. 8 year olds review was right on. We took some of the crust out to the car and my dog wouldnt even eat it. We will never go back there again. Save your money---go to another location or another pizza restaurant. Oh..the place is dirty and dingy on top of the nasty pizza.
When it's good it's fantastic, when it's bad it's horrible!. I've been going to Vincents since 1976 and my parents went there when they were dating. I usually go to the Plum Boro location (up on the hill behind Burger King) however I prefer the Forest Hills location. I still remember Vince covered with flour tossing pies in the air with a cigarette hanging out of his mouth. Forest Hills location used to have an hour or more wait Friday and Saturday nights but you waited because it was the best pizza you could find anywhere. No longer, when Vince franchised out and quit working the store, the quality and consistency went downhill fast. I still go to both outlets when I'm in the area but I no longer drive over an hour just to get a pie. The service is bad at both locations but good customer service as a standard business practice no longer exists in most retail businesses. The Plum Boro outlet is more family friendly than the Forest Hills location but Forest Hills has better pizza. The ingredients are still consistant but the assembly of the pie's and amount of each topping has dropped. At both locations your pie will either be overcooked or undercooked (overcooked is better). Both locations as a rule have better pizza's than we have in Indiana Pa. Even with over 10 pizza shops in a college town, the best pizza we can get is still Vincent's, although I do make a pretty good pizza myself at home. But if you are looking for a good pizza and are in the area, give Vincent's a try.
Pizza at Vincents. I went to this place thinking will have a good pizza. But my expectations were all gone downhill. I ordered for a 6" pizza. What I got was a pizza pie with very salty toppings. Saltier than any of the other places I have ever had. In addition to that, the base of the pizza was soaked in water. I never had such a terrible pizza in my life. Staff service was also not good.I will never go back there. Its just a waste of money.
Really gone downhill...it's a shame!.
I grew up in Wilkinsburg and have been eating at Vincent's for >25 years --- less recently as I've become a "little" more health conscious.
Anyway, as some of the posts have indicated, since Vince has moved into retirement the quality (all the reviews about HUGE portions, etc. normally date from several years ago) of the pie has steadily declined. Toppings are still the same great tasting stuff of years gone by, but what is applied is much more sparse, more like a Domino's pizza. Also, the large pie that used to overlap the serving tray now tends to show a lot of silver around the outside of the pizza. Vince would be ashamed to serve it that way.
The worst change at Vincent's has to do with the employees. Yeah, yeah Vince was always a little gruff and/or rude and the waitresses with Vince's floury handprint on their rear ends weren't singing in the church choir either, but that's not what I'm talking about here. The 'dining room' is chronically under-staffed and the waitresses -- not to mention the obnoxious pizza guy who answers the phone -- don't know how to handle it. If there are more than 3 tables occupied, you can count on "service" that is just terrible. The waitresses ignore customers and argue whenever they make a simple mistake and then complain out loud when other customers leave them with small or no tips.
The "Editor" recommends take-out and that is the way to go because the less that you have to deal with the current Vincent's staff the happier you will be. If the quality of the pizza continues to decline, though, the sad day -- when I would actually have to recommend against purchasing Vincent's pizza -- may be coming!!
A viable alternative (for some) is to drive ~25 minutes east on Route 30 to the Vincent's Pizza near the Norwin Hills Shopping Center. It's the same recipe/formula as the original location (Vince licensed it years ago) and tastes about 95% the same; probably can't duplicate the taste imparted by the old ovens on Ardmore Blvd. The place is close to the Irwin Interchange of the Turnpike at 8871 Route 30. This is a very good alternative!
Still the Shi#. Visiting for X-mas, when you cannot get this anywhere elese makes it that much better. Best anywhere.
I always go to the Vincen'ts in Plum - very friends, great pie.
Grew up with the Vincen'ts in Forest Hills. I haven't been there in years and probably will never go back there again after my experience their yesterday. Called to order a pie, got this horrible miserable man. From some of the other reviews on here, I think this must be the owner - what a miserable individual. I will never go back their again.
p.s. must say the pie was very good!
Pizza Gone Wrong.
what will you get , raw dough , burnt dough .you do not
know. it cost a lot of dough, to find out. I QUIT !!!!!!!!!
GREAT PIZZA - Try the Green Pepper, Onion and Mushroom!. The photo for Vincent's does not do the place any justice as the building has been painted and does not look that badly. There was only one waitress in the dining area, but an off-duty cheery employee decided to help out since she was there to watch the game. The pizza is excellent! Period. We went to eat great pizza and that's exactly what we got! Great pizza and not so bad service for only one waitress on duty. If you want to experience an awesome pizza, by all means, GO!
End of an Era..... As previous posters have related, Vincents' in Forest Hills has completely fallen apart since Vince stopped running the business. The young guy (Vinces' son???) who answers the phone and makes the pies is just the worst kind of person you would ever want fronting a business. Where Vince may have had comtempt for his customers (as most owners of restaurants do...believe it) he concealed it....mostly. Vinnies replacement doesn't hide the fact that he hates what he's doing, hates you, would rather be doing anything that what he's doing and thinks you're a pathetic, mouthbreathing tard for bothering him, which is fine if you work for the County, but when you're the face of the business, its fatal. As a result of the recent spike in the price of, well, everything, the size of the pies has shrunk along with the amount of the toppings. A little tip here, don't mess with a successful product. Raise the price and know people are willing to pay for quality no matter how much they whine about it. Now where was I...horrid attitudes, declining product....oh yeah, I would highly recommend getting your pie to go. If the funk don't freak you out, the fear of the building falling down while your eating could be distracting. I got 100 bucks that says there's no way, NO WAY, the business passes it's next visit from the Health inspector......I'll always argue that Vinnie made the best pie in Pittsburgh history. Unfortunately, that's all it is...history.
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