It took me years to get to City Oven in downtown Pittsburgh. This is not an exaggeration.
The reason for this is because this popular pizza and sandwich shop is only open from 7am to 3pm, Monday to Friday- the exact time I was never able to be downtown despite my best efforts.
With getting frequent pushes by those in the know about Pittsburgh's pizza scene, I finally made it happen. It was worth the wait.
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City Oven Offers Some Delightful Pizza
One of the best parts of City Oven is that you can also order any pizza by the slice. And when I say by the slice, I mean a quarter of a 14″ pie (so roughly the size of two normal slices at other places- they'll even cut them in half for you to make it into two).
The best part? A “slice” runs about $5, making it a great option for lunch downtown no matter how you view it.
During my first visit, I opted to try their standard Margherita pizza which came out crisp (a great crunch) and covered in a fairly sweet red sauce. The pie included a smattering of mozzarella which was the only real negative as it could've used just a bit more overall to balance the sauce.
That being said, I really wish I could eat this one more often as the flavors were quite good.
Don't Forget the Daily Specials
When waiting to place my order, I couldn't help but notice a small photo pinned to the wall featuring the daily special slice, the Jalapeno Popper pizza.
You know where this is going already. I had to order that as well.
The Jalapeno Popper pizza is one of those custom pizzas that is as intriguing as it is weird. Covered in cheese, jalapenos, and bacon, this one is almost like a deconstructed jalapeno popper that was packing a lot of flavor and a fair bit of heat in every bite.
Going beyond this, City Oven also has a number of sandwiches, sides, and crust options (even gluten-free) that we look forward to trying soon- hopefully not in three years like it took us to get in the first time.
Overall, City Oven is a surprisingly good pizza shop downtown that has a stellar lunch-time deal that is hard to ignore. We're just sad this one is only open on weekdays for breakfast and lunch, as we'd be frequenting this one much, much more.
City Oven is located at 336 Fourth Avenue in downtown Pittsburgh.
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