After indulging (over-indulging, actually) in delicious turkey dinners with all the tasty trimmings on Thanksgiving (hat tip to Aunt Tina - she can REALLY cook a bird!), the Buds were finally hungry again come Monday.
Deciding to stick with the Italian fling they started last week, the Buds headed to Steubenville to try out a pizza joint that has been serving the Ohio Valley for more than 25 years, yet somehow managed to escape Bud-detection. The Buds were anxious to see what Pittera Pizza, located at 2311 Sunset Blvd., was all about!
Pittera Pizza - "home of the only stuffed focaccia" - offers dine-in, carry-out and delivery, and has an extensive menu that boasts an array of fresh salads, calzones, round and square pizza, gourmet pizzas and paninis as well as Italian breads and soup. Their website claims everything is always fresh - never frozen. Umm umm! The hungry Buds were ready to chow down!
Grilled Chicken Salad
The stuffed focaccia certainly grabbed the Buds' attention (freshly baked round flatbread stuffed with salami, capicolla, cheese, lettuce, Roma tomatoes and Italian seasonings then drizzled with oil and balsamic vinegar) however, it requires an advanced order so sadly, it wasn't an option on this visit. Next time, for sure!
Wavering between a calzone and a salad, Bud Em finally settled on the large grilled chicken salad which rang in at $7.50. Since said Bud is a real sucker for bread, she also got an order of bread sticks with sauce which tacked on an additional five bucks.
The yummy salad was composed of a bed of iceberg topped with grilled chicken, tomatoes, black olives, onions and shredded mozzerella. While it wasn't huge - as some large salads tend to be - it was the perfect size for a meal and the chicken was tender and nicely seasoned. Bud Em truly enjoyed the salad.
The order of breadsticks WAS huge. Made from their tasty pizza dough, the slices were topped with Italian seasonings and Parmesan cheese. Their homemade sauce was perfect for dipping. Bud Em enjoyed every bite and had half an order left to take home.
Bud Shaunna ordered the "Maria's Best" panini/hoagie for $6. It was labeled a customer favorite on the menu, and what's not to love about a fresh bun stuffed with sliced Roma tomatoes, chunks of Buffalo mozzerella, pesto and olive oil and then seasoned. The combination of flavors was dynamic and delicious. The sandwich was served cold, and while it was good, Bud Shaunna would like to try it toasted next time. That mozzerella would be divine all melty! She added a small garden salad on the side for an additional $4 to complete her meal.
While the Buds did not get any pizza on this visit, they have it on good authority from a Steubenville resident that Pittera's makes a pretty fabulous white pizza, made with diced Roma tomatoes, olive oil, Italian seasonings and cheese. Sounds like the Buds will have to make a return trip - remembering to order in advance next time to try the stuffed focaccia bread!
The Buds can be reached at tastebuds@timesleader online.com