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Taste Buds: Carlini’s

Shadyside pizza shop satisfies hungry Buds

February 16, 2012

The Buds have a go-to plan for when they are short on both time and money.

It's name is "pizza by the slice" and there are several pizza shops in the valley which offer this tasty fare. As they are each unique, the Buds never tire of sampling the many different takes on crust, sauce, toppings, etc.

Earlier this week, the Buds had the pleasure of getting acquainted with Carlini's Pizza at their Shadyside location, which opens for lunch. Having been in business for nearly 20 years, they must be doing something right, and the Buds were anxious to find out what.

Pizza at Carlini's can be purchased by the slice (90 cents) or by the tray (16 slices/$13). If you are looking to kick it up a notch, they also offer several tempting specialty pizzas in tray form: meatlovers (sausage, meatballs, pepperoni, ham and salami); veggie (green pepper, onion, black olives, mushrooms and hot or mild peppers); deluxe and super deluxe (your choice of 5 or 7 toppings); and a white pizza (olive oil, garlic and Italian seasonings).

In addition to pizza, the menu at Carlini's features a pretty big selections of eats. Appetizers include wings in seven different flavors, fried ravioli, chicken tenders, cheese sticks and a couple of tempting sweet options: fried cheesecake bites and fried brownie bites, both served with icing. Be still our sugar-lovin' hearts!

Carlini's also offers calzones, pepperoni rolls, breadsticks, cheesy breadsticks, 6 or 12 inch hoagies and seven different salads. There is sure to be something on the menu to suit everybody.

Bud Shaunna opted to try one of the lunch specials - a pepperoni roll, a slice of pizza and a can of soda all for just $3.25. The pizza and the pepperoni roll were served hot from the oven. The sauce and dough are made fresh daily and it was evident from the very first bite. Crispy on the outside but soft on the inside with ooey-gooey cheese and spicy pepperoni, this pepperoni roll was a slice (or roll) of heaven! The pizza was also delicious-we love homemade, crispy crust. But what really thrilled Bud Shaunna was the plethora of canned beverage choices available. Not only did they have Coke Zero, but they also had Vanilla and Cherry Coke Zero (not to mention pretty much every other soft drink known to have come in a can). Score!

Since Shaunna went the pizza/pep roll route, Bud Em decided to go the salad and breadstick route, choosing a chef salad and an order of regular breadsticks, and a can of soda. The salad was a typical iceberg bed of lettuce topped with green pepper, onion, tomato, black olives and plenty of shredded cheese and rang in at $5.49. The salad was a good size and the ingredients were fresh, satisfying Bud Em's ever-present salad craving.

The breadstick order was much bigger than she expected. The large portion of dough was cooked, sliced and topped with oil, garlic and seasonings with a side of dipping sauce for just $2.25. The tasty sticks went well with the salad and there were plenty left for an afternoon snack. Very good indeed!

The next time you get a hankering for a slice of pizza or are in need of a fast and affordable meal, the folks at Carlini's are cooking up something delicious!

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