Vincent's Pizza Park, home of the 'Vinnie Pie,' nears reopening after dispute

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Grease-lovers can rejoice -- Vincent's Pizza Park will soon reopen its doors, meaning that the artery-clogging "Vinnie Pie" will be back.

The pizza parlor will continue serving up all of the cheesy pies dripping with grease that are famous among Pittsburgh residents.

Another neighborhood pizzeria, Angelina's Pizza in Dormont, also is slated to reopen next month in a new location.

Started by Vincent Chianese in 1950, Vincent's Pizza Park in North Braddock closed its doors after Allegheny County Common Pleas Court ordered it so last May at the request of business owner Toni Zollner, Mr. Chianese's daughter.

B&C Pizza Inc., operating as a licensed Vincent Pizza Park, has leased the building since 2003 but owed $42,000 in unpaid royalties. Because the licensees stopped paying owed money after Mr. Chianese died in March 2010, Ms. Zollner terminated the agreement in October 2011, but B&C Pizza continued operating, according to court documents.

In addition to the location on Ardmore Boulevard, the company had agreements for locations in Plum, Penn Hills and North Huntingdon to use the name Vincent's Pizza Park.

Ms. Zollner could not be reached for comment but her attorney, Frank Rapp, said he believes the restaurant will open again in the next few months. According to the pizza parlor's Facebook page, the restaurant will open its doors in June.

The building has undergone some renovations, but Mr. Rapp said he doesn't think there will be much change to the pizza parlor's well-known menu.

The same man who cooked and managed the restaurant with Mr. Chianese for years will continue to work there when the facility reopens, Mr. Rapp said, meaning the special recipe that makes Vincent's Pizza Park a staple of the area will remain.

Angelina's Pizza, which was destroyed in a fire in March, is expected to reopen June 1 in a new location in Brookline.

A four-alarm fire ravaged the pizzeria and the apartments above it on West Liberty Avenue in late March. The facility was beyond repair, so the restaurant had to be relocated, said Ben Dowler, owner of the pizza parlor.

Angelina's will move into the former location of Krazy Brothers Pizza on Brookline Boulevard. It will keep the same taste and prices but add some new items, Mr. Dowler said.

Although the old location allowed guests to sit down for meals, there is not enough space within the new facility for anything but delivery or carry out orders, Mr. Dowler said.

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Jessica Tully: jtully@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1159. Twitter: @jessalynn4.


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