Fox's in business more than 30 years on Jeannette's Third Street
By Margie Stanislaw
Published: Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
One of the best kept secrets in Jeannette might just be the cozy dining room at Fox's Pizza Den located at 620 N. Third St.
The dining room is decorated with vintage photographs of owner Vaughn Gongaware's family including a large photographic portrait of his great-great grandmother Margaret Ludwick and a panoramic picture taken in 1912 of a family reunion at Oakford Park.
The room also sports a wood burning to stove to add to the vintage feel.
Gongaware is from North Huntingdon where he resides with his wife the former Peggy Conway, who is a graduate of Jeannette High School. The couple has two sons, Joshua who is attending St. Vincent College and Alec, who is a junior at Norwin High School.
Fox's Pizza, according to Gongaware is a “family operation.” Recently, another family member has joined the crew. Peggy's brother, Patrick Conway, is the new chef. A graduate of Jeannette High School, Conway has been in the restaurant business for 30 years, working 25 of those years as a chef.
Gongaware purchased the Fox's franchise 34 years ago and has been in business at the Third Street location ever since.
“Our location is different than most Fox's which are just take-out and delivery,” he said. “Very few have eat-in, fewer have liquor licenses and even fewer have the extensive menu that we have.”
Since hiring Conway, the menu has expanded and both Gongaware and Conway hope to grow the business in the dining room. As well as carrying the traditional Fox's menu which includes appetizers, pizza, pasta, soups, salads and other Italian fare, the restaurant now has a daily special menu created by Conway that includes dishes such as stuffed banana peppers, asiago chicken lasagna and sandwiches that include a French onion burger with caramelized onions and Swiss cheese.
“Pat bakes our bread, we make our own sausage,” Gongaware said. “Fox's use only quality ingredients and we don't skimp. Patrick knows what he is dong and he does it right. We are small enough that we can do that.”
A full catering menu is available and Fox's has catered events for as many as 350 people. The dining room is also available for small parties and events for up to 60 people, such as showers, birthdays and graduations. The bread and butter of Fox's Pizza Den is the take-out and delivery business. Gongaware said most of his customers live within one or two miles of the restaurant.
There are about 10 people employed by Gongaware and most are from Jeannette. Gongaware is also the owner of the Fort Pitt Hotel which is a bar business downstairs which serves the full Fox's menu.
Hours of operation for the dining room are Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 4-9 p.m. Take-out hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Monday through Friday, Saturday from noon to 11 p.m., and Sunday from noon until 8 p.m. The tavern is open from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m., Monday through Saturday.
Gongaware is on site most of the time except for a few hours on Monday. For more information, call 724-527-9875 or visit the website at FoxsPizzaDenJeannette.com.
Margie Stanislaw is a freelance writer.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.