DeMore's Pizzeria is the resident pizza shop of Millvale, a small borough located just across the Allegheny river from Lawrenceville. Although you'd expect this spot to be home to a couple of neighborhood pizza joints, what you may be surprised to find out is that this particular shop has won local competitions for their pies.
We knew this before DeMore's reached out to us to visit for a review, and we decided to put their award winning pizza to the test on our first sampling.
Award Winning Specialty Pizza
The competition that launched DeMore's Pizzeria to local fame is the Best Pizza in the Burgh competition by the 100.7 Star radio station. DeMore's Eggplant Parm pizza took home first place in the competition in 2015, and the staff were more than happy to recommend this favorite as our first pie to try.
Naturally, we obliged.
The base crust and sauce of the pizza here is fairly standard for shops in the region, which is a bit on the doughy side for crust and sweet side for sauce. As such, it is the kind of pizza that is a bit like a blank canvas and your opinion will be entirely based on the ingredients that go on top.
Topped with huge slices of breaded eggplant, roasted tomatoes, roasted garlic, ricotta, and fresh basil, the flavors of this one were a bit unreal. I really have to hand it to DeMore's pizza for finally making an eggplant that tastes good on a pizza, rather than being the traditional mush you find when it is cooked improperly. The richness of the ricotta and strong flavors of the garlic and roasted tomato offered a good counterpoint to each other, making for a really flavorful pie through and through.
In fact, we enjoyed the toppings on this one so much we returned a week later to try their BBQ pizza, a specialty of the month, which was topped with house-made brisket, onion rings, cheddar cheese, and barbecue sauce to name a few. Much like the Eggplant Parm, the toppings on this one were the star of the show, and made us forget about any opinions we may have about the crust and sauce- although I am happy to report that the pizza itself had little to no grease, which was a bit of a surprise considering the toppings!
So when visiting this one, do yourself a favor and go for the specialty pizzas over some of the more conventional pizzas- the toppings are worth it.
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A Couple of Sides to Try, Too
To finish our meal, we also ordered a side of their loaded fries which would rival the Smallman Street fries at Primanti Brothers. Although fewer toppings, this one makes up for it by being completely covered in melted cheese and, if I had to guess, likely a half dozen pieces of bacon crumbled on top. Rich and cheesy fries that clearly have no calories in them whatsoever (right?) are fine by me!
Another unique side we were able to try from DeMore's is their unique sandwich called a wedgie. I'm hesitant to call this a sandwich as, although it is marketed as such with pizza crust replacing bread, it is more like a massive pizza covered with sandwich toppings and folded over onto itself and sliced to make a sandwich. At $9.99 for the Italian this massive sandwich is worth every penny for its size; however, it is most suited for those who love pizza crust and would enjoy that as an alternative to other more typical kinds of bread than being a standout on its own.
Overall, DeMore's Pizzeria is a cozy little neighborhood pizza shop in Millvale that serves up some big flavor with their unique toppings. If you're looking to grab a bite to eat after a Strange Roots (formerly Draai Laag) run, or are simply in the mood for trying out a new pizza shop in the region, definitely consider giving this one a try.
Just be sure to try the specials!
We'd like to thank our friends at DeMore's Pizza for inviting us out to try their pies. The second pizza mentioned in this post was purchased anonymously by us.
DeMore's Pizzeria is located at 1256 Evergreen Road in Millvale.
For more Pittsburgh pizza, click the previous link to read our write up of all pizza shops we've tried to date!