Mineo’s Pizza to open a third location in the North Hills
There is a third slice to this Mineo’s pie.
The Squirrel Hill pizza staple for more than six decades, which also has had a location in Mt. Lebanon for 25 years, will celebrate a trifecta — opening on Wildwood Road in Hampton.
The expected time frame is by the end of the year.
“Customers have been asking for years and years and years ‘when are you going to open in the North Hills?” said Dominic Mineo, who co-owns the business with his brother Giovanni Mineo Jr., on Friday while sitting at the bar at the Squirrel Hill shop. “We’ve been looking for about 15 years, but we wanted to find the right space. And we feel we did.”
“It is pretty exciting,” said Giovanni Mineo Jr. “We want to bring Mineo’s Pizza to the North Hills. We are looking forward to it. I think my dad would proud of his sons, and the fact they have kept the business rolling and expanding.”
The new location is the former Tuscan Inn, located about four miles from where the brothers grew up in Shaler.
Built in 1888, it’s an historical building that was a hunting lodge, hotel and restaurant built by the wealthy. It had been owned by a few other people and there was a small fire there in 2017. It was a restaurant where many members of the Mineo family had gathered for special occasions.
Ownership includes Dominic Mineo and his son, John Dante Mineo, and daughter, Elissa Mineo Filson, and Dominic’s brother, Giovanni Jr., and his son, Giovanni III.
“I am super excited, said Elissa Mineo Filson, whose husband, Shawn, will also be heavily involved in the new location. “We loved the Tuscan Inn when I was little, and we want to bring back those memories. We plan to update it while keeping the charm of the space and keeping it cozy.”
Giovanni Mineo III said he remembers being at the Squirrel Hill pizza shop from the time he was 6 years old with his grandfather, who he was named after. When the youngster was in third grade, he told his teacher he wanted to be a “pizza man.”
“I love the smell of the restaurant and the taste of the food,” he said. “I have been prepping for this my whole life.”
Giovanni Mineo Sr. came to America in 1955 from a small town in Sicily, called Palermo, Bagheria. He started the business and knew about the Mt. Lebanon location, which opened in 1994. He died in 1996.
Mineo’s Pizza celebrated its 60th anniversary last Oct. 2 with a party.
“I believe we have lasted because of the way we do things. Our key to success is that we are a family-oriented business that puts out a quality product, and we have never deviated from that. … We don’t cut corners,” Dominic Mineo told the Tribune-Review last October. “My father never cut corners. We use top-notch quality products. … We cut our own vegetables and grate the cheese.
“It’s a lot of work, but you never get tired of hearing how great the pizza is.”
Reaction to the pizza shop’s Facebook post has been strong. It says, “Cheers to 60 years, 3 generations and 3 stores.”
In less than 24 hours, the announcement had 1,200 likes, 408 comments and 539 shares.
The 9,000-square-foot space need some work but it will have a room for private parties, a menu similar to the other locations, and there will be a full-service bar and seating for 100. There is ample parking.
They will be looking to hire some people.
JoAnne Klimovich Harrop is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact JoAnne at 412-320-7889, [email protected] or via Twitter .