Pizza is good. Some say that even when pizza is bad, it's still good. Beer is good, especially when it's priced inexpensively. And finding a place that offers both is a treat worth driving for.
Over the river and through McKees Rocks sits an interesting little pizza place tucked away in a hilltop strip-mall plaza somewhere in the wilds of Kennedy Township. There, Angelia's Italian Grille serves fine pizza and plenty of suds, and won't bust your wallet.
Angelia's exudes an odd sort of comfort, with dim lighting and comfy booths. Toward the back of the restaurant is a small bar, outfitted with a few stools and what seems like one flat-screen TV per every two people. But the televisions are not bothersome, and the bar and restaurant cohabitate nicely.
The beer menu at Angelia's isn't as extensive as some of the area's beer-upon-beer joints. But not many restaurants, pizza or otherwise, can boast such a magnificent list. The limited but interesting beer roster includes a bank of six taps that rotate periodically, but what Angelia's does well is make interesting selections: Old Thumper, Shiner Bock, Circus Boy, Atwater Vanilla Java Porter may not be totally off-the-wall, but these brews are not what one might expect in a suburban pizza parlor.
Angelia's also boasts some of the most compelling beer specials seen around these parts. Every night there is a beer/food special. On Fridays, 20-ounce Blue Moon drafts can be had for $2.50. Craft-beer bottles are offered at the same price on Wednesdays.
On one Thursday night, 20-ounce pints of Yuengling cost about half the price of a one-zone Port Authority bus ride. When the check came, it was a pleasant surprise to find the Yuengling beers were reduced more than half price. Angelia's specials are quite numerous and, it seems, pleasantly random.
As for the menu, Angelia's offers standard pizza-restaurant fare: calzones, subs, burgers, salads and sandwiches. There are the usual Sicilian and deep-dish pies, plus the gaggle of specialty pizzas.
If this little pizza haus continues to offer even more select labels at these very attractive prices, it's only a matter of time before local beer snobs tap in.
Angelia's Italian Grille
1817 McKees Rocks Road