An old friend is back in Pittsburgh and missing his previously uber urban Philly lifestyle. This seemed the perfect opportunity to drag someone to chic little Dinette with me. Dinette is located in the Whole Foods shopping complex. This could arguably be referred to as the ‘Eastside’ area. Dinette is located in the upper portion of the complex, close to the South Highland entrance. Its location provides for lots of free parking, a plus.
According to a glowing Post-Gazette review,the place sources local ingredients and is practically a one woman operation. Sounds good. We arrived at 7:45ish to be told there was a 40 minute wait. I am not sure if they take reservations or not – I would certainly call and find out before I ventured there again. We ended up waiting well over an hour and closer to an hour and a half (they do provide a pager). The dining room is tiny but bright and cheerful. There is a small bar area – we were able to grab seats here. I had a glass of Chianti and a glass of Barbera while waiting. My other dining companions were pleased to see Golden Monkey and Iron City ($1 cans – presumably an ode to the fact this is indeed a pizza parlor) on the menu.
After finally being seated, we quickly ordered. Pizzas are meant to serve one. I had the fingerling and gorgonzola pizza. It was speckled with rosemary and topped with an egg. I thought the menu said the egg was to be cooked over easy – it was more like over medium or over hard. This did not detract from my enjoyment of the pizza though – it was really good. All the components of the pizza married perfectly – the crust was thin and crisp but substantial enough to hold all the toppings. One would think a pizza including potatoes and eggs might be heavy – this was not the case. The potatoes were cut paper thin and the gorgonzola was not overpowering. One dining companion said my pizza smelled like “Sunday morning” and inhaled a slice I offered up.
Other pizzas at the table included the broccoli rabe pizza and the prosciutto and arugula pizza. Both were very good. There were complaints of the prosciutto pizza being a bit salty – it was devoured though. As these were not the same pizzas mentioned in the PG review, I believe the menu changes frequently and is printed daily. There was a fairly plain ricotta based pizza on the menu in case you end up there with a picky eater.
Two glasses of wine, a pizza, tax and tip ran me about $45. A little pricey for just pizza. If you have a very hearty appetite, you may also need a starter or dessert to supplement your meal. The limited nature of the menu likely won’t have me running back, but I will return. The food really is very well executed and unique.
Overall pros included the food and the atmosphere. Cons included the long wait.