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Pastry Pizza Crust

Re: Pastry Pizza crust
From: Carol
Date: 3/1/2022, 12:23 PM

On 3/1/2022 10:24 AM, Carol wrote:

Are you up for a probably impossible challenge?

Hi, my name is Carol.  I hope you are doing well.

More than 50 years ago while dating my boyfriend (in April he will be 
my husband for 50 years) he took me for my first pizza at a place in 
Jeannette PA called Fort Pitt Pizza.  Their pizza was unusual since it 
was more like a pastry crust...thin flaky and sweet.  I would love to 
make this old favorite for my anniversary.  Restaurant has been out of 
business for many years.  There are other restaurants in the area which 
make similar crusts... Jioio's and Falbo's in Latrobe PA. And Vallozzi's 
in Greensburg PA.  

I am not sure if this is your type of search area so if not thanks for reading.  

I do want to THANK you for 2 recipes that I found on your site. One being 
Duggan's juice pie and A&P's Spanish Bar Cake... Both were favorites of ours 
and the recipes are spot on.

Thank you

Hi Carol,

I'm always up for a challenge!

This type of pizza is variously known as "pastry crust pizza", "white pizza", "white Sicilian style pizza", "Western Pennsylvania style pizza" and probably other names.

I could not, unsurprisingly, find any actual, authentic recipes from Fort Pitt Pizza, Jioio's, Falbo's, or Vallozzi's.(Recipes like that just don't get passed around.)

However, enterprising cooks have come up with copycat recipes for Jioio's and Vallozzi's. See these sites:

Jioio's pizza copycats:

Cookbook Create

Pizzamaking Forum 1

Pizzamaking Forum 2

Vallozzi's copycats:

(I'd try this one first!) White Sicilian Pizza 1

White Sicilian Pizza 2


Well Phaed,  you have just blown me away….2 hours from my sending out the email 
to receiving your wonderful reply.  You are amazing with your detective skills.  
You have given me some upcoming enjoyable time in the kitchen trying these out.  
Thank you for sharing the wonderful gift that you have.   Carol 

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