The North Side eagerly welcomed Badamo's Pizza to Federal Street in December 2017. This pie shop already has a well-established following and location in the South Hills, and as North Siders ourselves we are extremely excited to have another great pizza option in our neighborhood.
Badamo's Rocks All Styles of Pizza
This primarily takeout spot serves up a mix of thin crust pies, Sicilian pizzas, calzones, and hoagies.
Let's start with the basic thin crust pies. These beauties have a pretty thin crust with a good amount of crispiness (we would love it if the crust was even crispier!).
The amount of sauce and cheese is definitely less than most other pizzas you'll find in Pittsburgh, but that allows the crust to retain its crispness and we are definitely ok with that. The sauce itself is a fairly straight up tomato flavor without sweetness or spiciness, allowing the flavors of the dough and toppings to shine through.
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Badamo's offers red pies and white pies and fairly standard toppings like veggies and meats. We've tried a red pie with a combo of ricotta, roasted red pepper, and spinach. The toppings seemed a bit sparse but, again, that is all for the best when you're dealing with thin crust pies like the ones here.
We've also tried a white pie topped with ricotta and tomatoes. This pie was delicate but also delicious with a nice garlic flavor, creaminess from the ricotta, and punches of freshness from the tomatoes. When a pizza without sauce can taste this good, you know you've got a winner.
Perhaps one of the most impressive things about Badamo's is that their Sicilian pies are as equally delicious as (or even better than?) their thin crust pies. It's rare that a place can do both so well. The Sicilian slices are thick with a good chew and a crispy crust, and they have a good amount of thick, well-seasoned tomato sauce and just the right amount of cheese.
We also had to check out the hoagies, of course. The Italian was pretty average with not many distinguishing features, but the chicken parm hoagie was out of this world with a crispy piece of peppery chicken, ample sauce and cheese, and a crusty hoagie roll.
Although we haven't tried the calzones or pepperoni rolls yet, they look amazing and are next up on our list to order.
All in all, we're very happy with the pizzas at Badamo's as the thin crust pies are some of the closest to NY style that we have in Pittsburgh, and the Sicilian slices are also impressive- a rare feat indeed!
Badamo's Pizza has two locations- one at 656 Washington Rd in Mt Lebanon and one at 1106 Federal Street in the North Side. We visited the North Side location for this review.
For more pizza in Pittsburgh, click the previous link to check out all of the shops we've visited to date!