There’s something about a really good oven-fired pizza that you just can’t beat. Mercurio’s, on Walnut Street in Shadyside, is home to authentic Neapolitan pizza in a perfect lunch location.
Mercurio’s is known for genuine Italian pizza. From simple and sophisticated choices like margherita and romana pies to more complex dishes like the salsicca e funghi and capricciosa, they use fresh ingredients and house-made cheeses for an authentic experience. There’s even a giant oven in the back of the restaurant where you can catch a glimpse of your pizza cooking.
If you’re not in the mood for pizza, Mercurio’s also has excellent salads, calzones and paninis. They also have several gluten-free pizzas so nobody has to miss out.
While this cozy spot doesn’t have a ton of seating, it feels comfortable and doesn’t ever get too loud considering the space. It’s a great place to stop by for lunch on the weekend while shopping along Walnut Street. Get there for an early dinner or try an odd hour for lunch. You can always wait during busier times, but what’s the fun in that?
There’s another thing worth mentioning about Mercurio’s — the gelato. Even if you come in for dinner, you’ll be tempted by the dozens of gelato flavors at the front of the store. They make the gelato every day and are constantly rotating out the menu. It’s another reason to stop by Mercurio’s if you find yourself out on Walnut Street.
And like most great pizza places, you can order online and carry out. Again, this is helpful if you get a craving during peak hours.
Mercurio’s holds a special place in my heart because it’s the first restaurant I ever ate at in Pittsburgh. It’s a nice place to stop by with friends that doesn’t require a reservation. Hit it up the next time you find yourself in Shadyside!