An old (eek, makes me sound, well, OLD) sorority sister and I decided to meet for dinner about a week ago. Due to logistics, the meet-up was going to take place in Southside. Both of us wanted something casual and have eaten just about EVERYWHERE in the area. What to do? Head to (fairly) new Giotto!
This place, located at 1610 E Carson used to be the Carson Street Deli. They have cleaned it up a bit and offer some seating (you order at the counter). A shiny oven and yeasty aromas make the place pretty appealing.
My partner and I eyed up the ‘by the slice’ selection. The slices were very big. An array of pizzas were available by the slice, including an interesting curry pizza. I believe the guy behind the counter also commented that he could add any toppings you wanted to a piece of plain.
I am not sure why, but I went for a cheese-less pizza – just a thick layer of sweet, baked tomato sauce and a sprinkle of whole basil leaves. The slice is tossed back into the oven for a few minutes before serving. The crust was thin and crisp, yet chewy. However, I can’t help but think a full just-baked pizza would be the ideal way to eat this – by the slice just didn’t seem as fresh.
The side salad was an extremely generous size and the perfect accompaniment to the pizza. So good! Giotto is owned by the same family as Girasole – the Giotto salad is very similar to the salad offered at Girasole. Delicious vinaigrette, sunflower seeds, gorgonzola, olives. Yum.
A drink, large slice of pizza, and side salad ran me a little under $10. As previously mentioned, I think I would try a full pizza next. The place also offers a few sandwiches. Stop by and check it out. Looks like they will be setting up some outside tables as the weather warms.
Edit: As of fall 2009, Giotto is now known as Blue Grotto. (Clever one letter change for the sign for the large ‘GIOTTO’ sign gracing the building). I am not sure exactly what happened here but I believe the place still serves pizza. I do not know if it is still affiliated with Girasole in Shadyside. If any one has any information or an update on the service/food, let me know!