Threadbare Review – Local Ciders and Artisan Pizza in the North Side

Posted By Jeremy in Eat & Drink


Disclaimer: Discover the Burgh uses demographic data, email opt-ins, display advertising, and affiliate links to operate this site. Please review our Terms and Conditions for more information and our Privacy Policy.

Threadbare Cider House in the North Side is the brainchild of the folks at Wigle Whiskey, arguably Pittsburgh's most famous local distiller.

When wanting to branch out into a new venture, the owners stumbled upon the history of Johnny Appleseed (or John Chapman by his real name)- a rather eccentric fellow who, in the late-1700s/early-1800s, wandered around the region, preached conservation and planted nurseries to be tended to by locals (giving rise to the modern legend), and spreading the gospel far and wide.

Some stories of his travels had him based near Pittsburgh for a while (possibly even during the famous Whiskey Rebellion that Wigle proudly promotes), and when the owners realized this the idea for Threadbare came to life. Fast forward a few years, and they are now ramping up production of fine ciders made with locally sourced apples and are serving them at their North Side production facility along with stellar artisan pizzas.

Shortly before opening, our friends at Wigle gave us a call and invited us down to try out their menu- and sample the menu we did. Between three separate visits we had just about everything they offer!

Threadbare Ciders are a Slam Dunk

Threadbare Cider House

At the time of opening, Threadbare had three ciders available that were all strikingly different from each other.

The dry was more wine-like in its character, and offered relatively crisp apple flavors with minimal sweetness.

The farmhouse was the most traditional with a moderate sweetness (Threadbare describes it as off-dry) and is the kind of cider you could drink all day. If you've had any hard cider before, this is probably the closest match despite being far less sugary (allowing the apple flavor to come out more- a good thing).

Finally, you go a bit further down the rabbit hole with the Wild, a limited release. This one is spontaneously fermented and more like something you'd find at Strange Roots Experimental Ales (formerly Draai Laag) rather than a conventional cider house.

Threadbare Cider

This is what makes Threadbare a bit different in the cider scene as they are focusing on all kinds of experimentation- be it for the right yeast with the right apple varietal, adding hops to add subtle nuances, aging cider in bourbon barrels, to letting things happen spontaneously with the Wild.

Suffice it to say, this means that their menu will change often, which gives you a number of reasons to return as the weeks and months go by.

Going further, if straight cider is not your thing Threadbare has a cocktail menu that mixes their delicious creations with Wigle's spirits, producing combinations unlike anything we've had before. They also have a great local beer list that showcases some of the wonderful breweries found all over Pennsylvania.

If it is on the menu, go for the Johnny's Flannel cocktail. It is made with their farmhouse cider, Wigle's wheat whiskey, chai tea, lemon, brown sugar, and bitters. It is quite possibly the best cocktail we've had with Wigle's products to date- and we drink their creations often.

The Artisan Pizza is Worth the Visit Alone

Pizza at Threadbare

If the cider was not enough to get you down to Threadbare, their pizzas are sure to do the trick.

The pizzas here are personal sized (12″ round) and focus on seasonal toppings loaded up on perfectly cooked crust. In fact, if we ignore the toppings for a minute we would eat these pizzas for the crust alone which is about as high praise as we can give as far as Pittsburgh pizza menus are concerned.

In the fall their topping combinations included a pie with charred fennel, peach, preserved lemon, mozzarella, and brie, while another was topped with roasted apple, bacon, grilled red onion, mozzarella, and sage cream.

Yeah, they're kind of like that.

These artisan pies do come at a premium when compared to other similarly sized counterparts in the region, but when you have flavor combinations like these we think it's worth it. And as much as we want to try one of their “pick your own” creations, it's hard to say no the specialty pies on the chef-curated menu.

Pizza at Threadbare

If you're not hungry for a whole pizza, there are a few other things to nibble on like meat and cheese platters. The meat platter comes with a pate, coppa secca, and genovetta, along with a grainy mustard and a delicious spicy chili jam. A mix of local and international cheeses can be found on the cheese plate which on our visit showcased a barrel-aged Bulgarian feta, truffled pecorino, Goat Rodeo's Chickabiddy, and Clover Creek's Pirate Blue.

Meat and Cheese Tray at Threadbare

Both the meat and cheese platters come with homemade crackers which are the star of the tray (and yes, we're calling the crackers the star of meat and cheese platters). They are brilliantly made using spent grain from the whiskey making process from Wigle and are thin, crispy, flaky, and very addicting!

You won't find that anywhere else!

Brunch is Worth a Return Visit

Brunch Pizza at Threadbare - Roasted Apple

Another surprising and delicious feature at Threadbare is Sunday brunch. At first we wondered if it would be weird to eat pizza for brunch, but a few bites in and we realized it was ingenious.

The pizza menu at brunch still had the spicy tomato pizza found on their dinner menu, but it swaps out the other pizzas for more brunch themed ones- a potato scramble pizza and a roasted apple pizza. We absolutely loved the roasted apple pizza with impossibly thin slices of sweet-tart apples, gooey mozzarella and cheddar cheeses, creamy scrambled eggs, and a sprinkle of fresh thyme.

Dutch Baby at Threadbare

If you're not in the mood for pizza at brunch, the meat and cheese platters also appear on the brunch menu, as well as a sweet Dutch baby pancake that's eggy and rich with a dollop of whipped cream and nutmeg- a perfect breakfast treat if there ever was one. We'd order this one more, but the pizzas are just too good to resist.

Cider Bloody Mary at Threadbare

There are a few special brunch drinks as well, including Threadbare's take on a mimosa and a Bloody Mary (containing cider, of course) in addition to their standard menu items that are available at all hours.

For those who have read our reviews you'll already know that we aren't the biggest Bloody Mary fans out there, but we can certainly appreciate this one for being different.

We'll stick to a morning cider cocktail, thanks!

The Plans for the Future Have Us Intrigued

Threadbare Cider in Pittsburgh

We would be remiss if we talked about Threadbare and did not make a note about some of the plans they have for the future, as this new spot is not settling for traditional ciders alone!

In 2018 Threadbare is planning to roll out a vast mead menu as well as more barrel aged ciders (to name a few). So while their menu may seem to be a bit small right after opening, it is going to expand significantly very, very soon!

You can be assured we'll be the regulars when that happens.

Threadbare Cider in Pittsburgh

Threadbare Cider House is located at 1291 Spring Garden Avenue in the North Side, just a few blocks further down from Wigle's BarrelhouseWe were invited to Threadbare Cider House by our friends at Wigle Whiskey for a veritable feast. As always, all opinions are our own.

Book a Hotel in Pittsburgh

Looking for a Pittsburgh hotel? Check out the following!

Looking for more? Search for a great deal on Booking.com!

Shop for Pittsburgh Products


Steelers Tickets / Gear - Penguins Tickets / Gear - Pirates Tickets / Gear

For more products, check out our Pittsburgh shopping guide!

Find More To Do in Pittsburgh


Get started in finding the best spots in Pittsburgh in our ultimate guide to the city!
Looking for a new recommendation? Answer a few short questions in this quiz to find a new spot in Pittsburgh

Find a new spot by region on our Pittsburgh map by clicking here!
Click here to read recent posts

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

175 Shares
Share174
Tweet
Pin1
Email