Pizza House

One of the best

Pizza House in Ambridge, PA is not your typical pizza parlor. No call-aheads, no delivery, no tables and chairs: Everything is to go. And if you ask directions to Pizza House, you will most likely elicit blank stares, since it is known far and wide as Police Station Pizza. So that means it must be next to the local police station, right? Nope, the police station moved away years ago, but the nickname stuck.

This is Ohio Valley-style, a.k.a. Steubenville-style pizza. Large trays of bready pizza emerge from the well worn ovens covered with only tomato sauce and cheese, a blend of three different provolones. Four or five men immediately descend on the tray, with one responsible for slicing it into squares, also known as cuts, while the others start applying the cold (actually room temperature) toppings.

What separates this from other Ohio Valley-style pizzas is the crust, which is tall, yet so light and airy, with pleasing crunch. Once inside the hefty cardboard box, toppings further bake and melt right into the crust.  This hot/cold combination is magical.  Sure, the mushrooms are canned, but fancier ingredients on this of-the-people pizza would be out of place. Here is a case of the end product being greater than the sum of its parts.

As quirky as Police Station Pizza is, of course the ordering process is quirky, too.  As soon as you walk in the door, one of the men behind the counter points at you and asks, “How many?” My typical order is six cuts — three for immediate gratification and three more to reheat the next day.  Don’t make the mistake of telling them your toppings yet. A short time later, the same man will inquire what you want on it. There are eight different toppings to choose from, at 25 cents each per square.  He will then calculate what you owe — in his head, as nothing is ever written down. You will quickly have your boxed-up squares in hand. Out the door you go. Total time inside is not more than 10 minutes, unless it is a particularly busy weekend night.

Since we live almost an hour away, we eat in the car. Or if it is a nice day, on the steps of the post office across the street. There is nothing gourmet or sophisticated about this pizza.  It is blue-collar, dashboard dining at its finest.

What to Eat
Pizza House, Pizza with pepperoni and mushrooms
Pizza with pepperoni and mushrooms
A close-up of the airy crust
Pizza House, Pizza with pepperoni, mushrooms, anchovies and sweet peppers
Pizza with pepperoni, mushrooms, anchovies and sweet peppers
My wife's typical order: pepperoni, mushrooms, anchovies, and sweet peppers.
Pizza House, Corner square of pizza
Corner square of pizza
The choice cuts in every tray are the corners, which provide even more crunch.
Pizza House, Box of six pizza cuts
Box of six pizza cuts
Six squares of pepperoni and mushroom, packed tightly in their box. Suggestion: bring a roll of paper towels.
Pizza House, Pizza with pepperoni and sausage
Pizza with pepperoni and sausage
Sausage is crumbly, held in place by the cheese.
Directions and Hours
Monday5:00pm - 10:00pm
Tuesday5:00pm - 10:00pm
Wednesday5:00pm - 10:00pm
Thursday5:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday5:00pm - 10:00pm
Saturday5:00pm - 10:00pm
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Dinner, Late Night
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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