If you are a native of Pittsburgh, it is likely you have tried a pierogi, no matter your ethnic background. A large number of Eastern European settlers in the area has given rise to the tasty pierogi in Pittsburgh. A classic pierogi is a pasta-like dumpling filled with a number of fillings, such as mashed potatoes and cheese, and served with melted butter and sauteed onions. With a prevalence of Polish and Hungarian grandmas in the area, there is no excuse for having a sub-par pierogi in Pittsburgh. Here are some places to try if you are looking for a tasty pierogi dish, or if you want to take someone from out of town to experience this local favorite.
342 Island Ave.
McKees Rocks, PA 15136
Pierogies Plus serves pierogies made from a traditional Polish recipe. You can get a tasty dish of pierogies for lunch or ship some to your friends across the country. If you long to learn to make pieroges yourself, Pierogies Plus offers an online tutorial video to show you just how to do it. At Pierogies Plus, you can purchase pierogies by the 1/2 dozen or dozen. The menu includes tasty fillings such as potato, potato and cheese, sauerkraut and potato and hot sausage. Special orders are also available with advance notice.
910 Beaver Grade Road
Coraopolis, PA 15108
With locations in Moon Township and Wexford, Forgotten Taste makes it convenient to enjoy yummy pierogies. Forgotten Taste has 13 pierogi fillings to choose from including potato and cheese, cabbage or roasted beef. You can also enjoy Eastern Europe sides such as halluski (cabbage and noodles), sauerkraut, kielbasa and meatballs with gravy. Its the perfect place to enjoy a hearty and warming meal.
Gosia’s Pierogies are made from a secret family recipe. Each pierogie is handmade from scratch (including the dough and fillings). There are no preservatives to worry about. Gosia’s offers seven filling options such as potato and cheese, sweet cabbage, prune, chicken and cottage cheese. The pierogies are packaged for you to take home and enjoy. You can find Gosia’s fresh, handmade pierogies at farmer’s markets throughout Western Pennsylvania, with several at various markets here in Pittsburgh. Check the website for locations.
The Church Brew Works
3525 Liberty Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
Although The Church Brew Works is known for it’s beautiful location and great craft beer, this foodie favorite also makes some great pierogies. The Church Brew Works menu features traditional pierogis with potatoes and cheese topped with melted butter and sauteed onion. There is also an untraditional pierogi dish available each day, which experiments with fillings and toppings. You can also enjoy the pierogi sauté which features potato and cheese pierogies with broccoli, tomatoes and fresh garden herbs topped with a garlic cream sauce.
Pittsburgh Pierogi Truck
If you are wishing that you could get tasty piergoies magically brought to you at work, your wish could be answered by the Pittsburgh Pierogi Truck. This food truck travels around the city, bringing pierogi joy to everyone in its path. The truck offers classic potato and cheese pierogies, stuffed cabbage and halluski hot and ready to enjoy. Plus there are 9 varieties of pierogies that you can take home to enjoy later such as kraut and mushroom, potato and bacon and cabbage. Visit the website to see where the truck is headed today.
Jennifer Stockdale is a native of the greater Pittsburgh, PA area. She is a restaurant marketer and wine enthusiast and one of the hosts of the East Coast Wine Geeks Podcast. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.