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Mineo's expansion has opened in Squirrel Hill

Written by Melissa McCart on

Mineo-s-Pizza-House-3Mineo's Pizza House in Squirrel Hill opened its expansion on Monday, which includes a full bar with 42 seats. The restaurant is a third larger than it has been since Giovanni "John" Mineo opened the place in 1958.

"We thought we'd shake things up by opening on St. Patrick's Day," said co-owner Dominic Mineo. His family is originally from Sicily.

Mineo's expansion replaces Engel's Market, run by Claire Engel and her family for 46 years until it closed in April.

Mineo's has been serving beer and malt beverages for the past three years, but no wine or spirits until now. 

The owners have also unveiled additional menu items, such as arancini as well as four types of wings: Buffalo-style, mango-jalapeno, barbecue and lemon rosemary.

Mineo's lore includes the defection of Giuseppe "Joe" Aiello, the employee who left after 12 years to open Aiello's Pizza in 1978.

Since the split, Pittsburgh's pizza fans have remained polarized as each camp maintains devotion to one place or another. Creator of the Facebook group "Mineo's or Aiello's?" explained the rivalry this way on the group's website when it debuted in 2009.

"Pittsburgh's a great town for many things -- count pizza among them. And Murray Avenue in Squirrel Hill may be the Mecca of Pittsburgh ZA. Taste buds are sophisticated, traditions run deep and emotions are high."

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