Sometimes it’s about more than pizza.
Since opening in late December, Badamo’s Pizza on Federal St. in the North Side — the second location outside of the very popular spot in Mt. Lebanon — is already becoming a neighborhood destination. And there’s no seating.
“It’s that corner neighborhood spot that’s familiar to everybody,” says owner Anthony Badamo. “No pretension here. Everybody is welcome — doctors, lawyers, homeless people. I’m seeing everybody. That’s the beautiful thing about pizza at $2 a slice.”
The take-out only pizza shop is next to, or rather behind, Crazy Mocha (which fronts North Avenue). Along with its much-loved pizza — red, white, margherita and Sicilian — they also serve hoagies, salads and calzones.
“The neighborhood needed more food options. There’s not too much going on over here,” says Badamo. “I feel like I got in at a good time. I think the next five to 10 years are going to be big.”
Opening on Federal St., in a spot that used to be a pizza shop, was an easy decision. “I have always loved it over here,” says Badamo. “My dad’s side of the family is from here and my granddad lives in Fineview.”
He describes his popular pizza, which easily made our best pizza list, as “thin and crispy — big pies, big slices. That’s what we’ve been doing in Mt. Lebanon. The Sicilian is a hybrid between your classic thicker pie and your grandma pie. (Think N.Y. pizzeria). Since we led with it down here, we’re selling a ton of square pies now.”
While those looked good, we sampled their red pie, two big slices of tomato and cheese perfection on a thin, chewy crust.
It was crazy good, — just what we’re used to from A’ Pizza Badamo in Mt. Lebanon. So we had to ask: Is delivery in their future? (Because we live close by!)
“It’s pickup only at the moment,” says Badamo. “Maybe down the road, business delivery.”
As for scouting other potential locations, Badamo tells us they’re constantly looking — when they’re not busy putting more pies in the oven. “For now we have our hands full. It’s booming. Everybody’s loving it!”