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Greenfield's Rialto is big — or huge — on pizza and taste

| Thursday, July 21, 2011

Customers wanting takeout better make sure their cars are big enough to hold one of the pies created at Rialto Pizza.

The RialtoGiant is 49 slices and comes in a 30-by-30-inch box. It can be challenging to fit it in a vehicle.

"We make sure customers can actually get the pizza home when they call to order one," says Bruce Famili, owner of the Greenfield establishment. "It's one of our biggest sellers. But you have to have the space to transport it."

This is a pizza you definitely have to see. It's round, but not cut in traditional fashion. Slices are carved at an angle in varying sizes. The cheese option is $29.99. Toppings are $4.49 each. There's also a white pizza version for $34.48.

"A lot of people buy the Giant for parties, because it feeds a lot of people," manager Ryan Freeman says. "People love it."

You don't have to go that big, however.

Rialto Pizza definitely can accommodate a variety of other appetites, from the 6-inch mini pan pizza for $4.99 to the 18-inch extra-large at $12.99. Two sizes of Sicilian are available, as well as many white pizza options. Individual slices cost $2.

Of the 20 specialty pies, the Ranch Steak is the most popular. It has garlic sauce, onions, steak, french fries, mozzarella cheese and is drizzled with ranch dressing after baking. It costs $14.99 for a small, $19.99 for an extra-large.

"I think what makes all of our pizzas unique is the taste," Freeman says. "They taste like they are made from fresh ingredients. The sauce tastes like fresh tomatoes, because we don't add a lot of spices. The cheese is the finest cheese you can buy."

The food has John Bonacci of West Homestead coming back for more.

"I am in there almost every day," says Bonacci, who often brings his three sons for ice cream and pizza while their mother, Brenda, is working. "I have had pretty much everything on the menu, and it's all very, very good."

Famili opened the shop in 1992. It's named after the Rialto Bridge in Venice.

An enclosed glass party room has windows which open for summer and high-definition televisions where you can watch you favorite Pittsburgh sports team. It's heated for winter dining. There are tables outside nestled among a beautifully landscaped area, complete with sunflowers.

The extensive menu includes dinners such as baked ziti, chicken Parmesan and fettuccini alfredo, which includes a salad and breadsticks. Prices range from $7.99 to $11.99.

Start off with one of 18 appetizers from chicken fingers for $4.99 to Buffalo fries for $3.49. Burgers are from $5.99 to $6.99. Hoagie choices encompass Italian, turkey, tuna and veal Parmesan which cost $4.35 for a 6-inch. Save room for an ice cream sundae or Italian doughnuts, which are pizza dough, deep fried and sprinkled with sugar for $3.99, or a chocolate chip, M&M or macadamia nut cookie at 65 cents each.

"We know a lot of the customers by name, which is what a neighborhood pizza shop is all about," Freeman says. "Greenfield is a wonderful neighborhood. People are so friendly and they support businesses in their community."

Additional Information:

Rialto Pizza

Location: 623 Greenfield Ave., Greenfield

Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays; 10:30 a.m. to 12 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

Details: 412-421-2121 or website

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