Pittsburgh City Paper

Ed Sheeran-inspired pizza, Picklesburgh dates, and more Pittsburgh food news

Amanda Waltz Mar 14, 2023 6:00 AM
Photo: Partly courtesy of Caliente Pizza & Draft House
Caliente Pizza & Draft House will sell an Ed Sheeran-inspired pizza for National Pi Day

Caliente Pizza & Draft House x Acrisure Stadium
Multiple locations. worldsbestpizza.com

The club isn't the best place to find a lover, but Caliente is the best place to find pizza inspired by pop star Ed Sheeran. The chain cooked up a National Pi Day deal in honor of Sheeran's Mathematics Tour coming July 8 to Acrisure Stadium. On Tue., March 14 only, Caliente will serve a "Calebrese-style pizza featuring Caliente’s signature dough, crushed plum tomato sauce, Calebrese Soppressata, roasted red pepper medley, fresh mozzarella and provolone." The Pi pies will come in size large for $20.

The promotion also includes a chance for customers to win free concert tickets to Sheeran's Pittsburgh show. Follow Caliente’s social media accounts, as each post about the Pi Day pizza will feature a chance to win.

6168 Centre Ave., East Liberty. cinnaholic.com

East Liberty will soon welcome Cinnaholic, an Atlanta-based bakery chain described in a release as offering "plant-based, allergen-friendly cinnamon rolls and other delicious desserts seven days a week." Head to the Eastside Bond Development building on Fri., March 17 for the store's grand opening, during which, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., each guest will enjoy one of Cinnaholic's signature cinnamon rolls for $2. The location marks the beginning of a Pennsylvania expansion for Cinnaholic, touted as currently having more than 70 locations in the United States and Canada.
Photo: Courtesy of Cinnaholic

Rita’s Italian Ice
Multiple locations. ritasice.com

Temps are still low, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy some cold treats. On Mon., March 20, visitors to all Rita’s locations, including the 18 spots across the greater Pittsburgh area, will receive a free order of Italian ice in any flavor, including the chain's new flavor, Gummy Bear Ice. In addition, now through Mon., March 20, all Rita’s app users could win Free Ice for a Year by entering the promo code SPRING23 into their Rita’s app.

Swissvale Dari Delite
1990 Monongahela Ave., Swissvale. swissvaledaridelite.com

Soft serve fans will soon welcome the return of another local ice cream place. Swissvale Dari Delite announced on Instagram that they will open on Wed., March 22 for the spring and summer seasons. Go there on opening day from 12-9 p.m. for the first taste of your favorite flavor.


Did a whiff of brine just hit your nose? That's because Pittsburgh's award-winning specialty food festival, Picklesburgh, will soon return. The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership announced that this year's event will take place from Fri., July 21 through Sun., July 23. A PDP release promises that the 2023 festival will include "dozens of live music performances alongside popular activities like Pickle Cocktails, Pickle Beer, the Pickle Juice Drinking Contest, and an abundance of pickle-themed apparel, merch, and more." A location has yet to be determined and more details about the "expanded" 2023 event will be announced in the coming weeks.
Photo: Renee Rosensteel/Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership

Pigeon Bagels
5613 Hobart St., Squirrel Hill. pigeonbagels.com

A Pittsburgh cult bagel company just announced that they now accept pastry preorders. A recent Instagram post says Pigeon Bagels will take orders at least two days ahead for a selection of its classic pastries by the dozen, as well as for its challah bread and buns. Other items available to preorder are cookies, rugelach, scones, chocolate babka, and more.

412 Food Rescue x Cinderlands Beer x DiAnoia’s Eatery
dianoiaseatery.com and cinderlands.com

Three local institutions are teaming up again to fight hunger while rescuing discarded food. 412 Food Rescue, Cinderlands Beer, and DiAnoia’s Eatery created Con Pane, an IPA beer described as being made from recycled bread from DiAnoia’s and flaked rye. This is the second time the three have made and distributed the brew, the proceeds from which support the work of 412 Food Rescue. Con Pane is available to purchase at Cinderlands. Cans are also available for purchase at DiAnoia’s, most local Giant Eagle and Whole Foods locations, and small beer distributors.

Simply Burgers & Fries
4115 Butler St., Lawrenceville. simply-burgers.com

One new business promises to combine beer, burgers, and movies, all in one convenient locale. Simply Burgers, a new spot specializing in smashburgers, launched on March 10 as part of the neighborhood's Market House concept. Diners can enjoy a meal in the lower level of Bierport, directly connected to the single-screen boutique movie theater, Row House Cinema.

Sticklers Ice Pops

Stickers, a business that sold all-natural, handmade popsicles, announced that it would not return for the 2023 season or any other season. The owner announced on Instagram that the business and its equipment will go up for sale. Any interested buyers should email sticklerspgh@gmail.com