I recently had the opportunity to visit Park Pizza and Cream at 7600 Forbes Avenue. The pizza shop is located across the street from Frick Park, and more importantly, it sits caddy-corner to one of the busiest intersections in the city of Pittsburgh.
I was warmly welcomed by one of the owners, Jim Reddy. As he spoke about his new business, I could tell he was serious about making a quality, delicious pie.
A few days prior to this visit, I stopped in for a few slices of plain pepperoni- yes they sell pizza by the slice! My cuts were served within 2 minutes. The slices of pepperoni were crisp and salty- the thin, yeasty crust was flavorful and chewy- just like New York Style pizza. My favorite part of the slice was the cheese- it was rich, stringy, and packed with flavor. Today I returned to try the white, or Bianca pizza with olive oil, crushed garlic, the house cheese blend, ricotta (with some secret spices) fresh mozzarella, fresh tomatoes and garden basil. The non-traditional ricotta mixture proved to be tasty, and added a unique savory texture.
Slices of pizza start at $2.00- toppings will run you an additional $.50. Small 12” pies are $8.50- Large 16” $12.00, and the Extra Large 18” pies are $14.00. In addition to delicious pizza, you can pick up a Meatball, Philly Cheesesteak, Hot Sausage, Veggie, Italian, or Chicken Parmesan sandwich- a half 6” is $5.50, and a whole 12” is $9.50. Pizza Park and Cream also offers fresh Garden, Caesar, and Grilled Chicken salads.
Jim Reddy, and his partner Brian Shipkovitz get most of their supplies from Sunseri Brothers in the strip. The exceptional cheese blends, and unique sauces proved to be a perfect pairing for the high-quality product they were in search of developing.
Pizza Park and Cream is family friendly- it’s a great spot to sit, enjoy your pizza, and have a scoop of Kerber’s or 3-Rivers Ice Cream. During the summer months, the soft-serve machine will be in operation. Soft pretzels, cheesy nachos and other park-friendly foods will also be offered.
If you happen to be a police officer, or emergency medical worker, you automatically get 15% off everything- not bad.
Don’t be intimidated by the bustling traffic at Forbes and Braddock- there are plenty of places to park on the side, or behind the store. Even if it takes a few extra minutes to negotiate your parallel parking skills, it’s worth it- the pizza is that GOOD!
Chef Chuck Kerber