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“Funky but good”
Review of Tomato Pie Cafe

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Tomato Pie Cafe
Ranked #13 of 43 Restaurants in Allison Park
Price range: US$1 - US$20
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
Dining options: Outdoor Seating
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Dining options: Outdoor Seating
Reviewed 1 December 2012

A small never changing menu with some entrees under $10. Everything is freshly made but it should be: there's very few options and chef will rarely do substitutions. Inside is not very welcoming and cold in the cooler months (closed in winter) but the outside area is very nice. Be prepared to wait an hour for an outside table in summer but BYOB starts while waiting! Salad, share a pizza and get an entree and 4 people will be less than $20 each. We go all the time. No reservations.

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Thank Mike W
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Reviewed 9 August 2012

If you live in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, I'm sure that you have passed this little pizza place quite a few times. It is located in North Park, so if you enjoy outdoor recreation, take a run, walk, or bike ride and then stop by for a bite to eat. The ingredients are fresh, since there is an herb garden out back. This is a small, privately owned business, so if you are looking for something generic, quick, and commercial, go elsewhere.

If you can, I recommend eating outside on the patio. I've been here twice and have ordered the same specialty pizza with tomatoes, spinach, basil, and feta each time. I met the owner and he is very down-to-earth and quite comedic. It's important to support small businesses.

I'm not sure why people go out to eat and expect a miracle to be served. I wouldn't go out of my way to come here but gosh, if you're in the area, why not?

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Thank NatureMarie
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Reviewed 16 July 2012

If you are in North Park keep on driving. If you are local there maybe a secret to this place that needs to be shared. There seems to be one experienced waitress that knows everyone and the food arrives in a short period of time, everyone else will wait. We arrived and were told the pizza would take 30-45 minutes. We ordered pasta and expected to get out within an hour. Our mistake was making a take out order of sticks and pizza (small - think 4 slices personal pan). After 30 minutes we asked how were things going, we were told the food was coming. After 45 minutes, we were told our food was just being put on the stove. After 1hour 10 minutes, the take out order and our food arrived. Chalk this up to bad service and a lack of communication from the waitress to the kitchen.
But the food was the real disappointment. Small portions of store bought pasta with canned sauce mixed with some herbs. The price for raviolis (9 small pieces) and tomatoe sauce was $11. One chicken breat breaded with chesse and 12 penne noodles is $12.50.
May be our portions were small because we spoke up about the bad service and wait. The table in front of us with the experienced waitress, ordered salads with grilled chickens, nice size salads. Their meals arrived with 20 minutes of of the order being taken. How do we know 20 minutes, our table started a game of timing the other tables as a form of entertainment.
Pass up this overpriced and less than clean establishment.

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Thank Craig M
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Reviewed 29 June 2012 via mobile

We have eaten here for years. Outside dining is best, you can byob. The pizza is good, salad is good. They use fresh herbs grown on site. If you're in a hurry don't bother, service is usually slow - which I like- Pittsburgh has a tendency to think eating is a hurried marathon! It's nice to relax and enjoy the food and atmosphere of being outside. It's in North Park. If you have kids check out the mini golf next door, it's really cute and nicely shaded. Good for families with kids or a date, couples, anyone!

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Thank loribob67
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Reviewed 14 November 2011

I have drove by this place for three years. Many people have also suggested that I go to the Tomato Pie cafe. About a month ago I went and it was just ok. Not worth the wait or the hassel. The service was very poor, and the food was not impressive. The pizza may be worth carryout. If you want good Italian in the north hills try the Tuscan Inn. It is more expensive, but worth it.

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