The Doughbar Pizzeria & Rotisserie opens on the South Facet of Pittsburgh

A Mexican restaurant with shutters on the south side will soon be home to pizza and fried chicken.

Doughbar Pizzeria & Rotisserie has taken over the space on East Carson Street.

Scheduled to open on March 10, the menu features 14- and 12-inch New York-style pizzas, as well as pan options, roast chicken served as a whole or half bird, with options for wings or tender, stone-baked hoagies and a selection of starters, salads, side dishes and sauces.

It belongs to the former chefs of Sienna Mercato and Emporio from Downtown Pittsburgh: A Meatball Joint, Matthew Porco from Franklin Park and Donnie Amman from Dormont. You have teamed up with Chris Clark, General Manager of Superior Motors in Braddock.

“We plan to improve our game with the pizza and chicken we serve,” said Porco.

Porco said there is something about pizza and chicken. Whenever he buys pizza for his family, he prefers to throw chicken in it. He and Amman started out in the pizza business.

The pizza dough is made fresh and fermented for 48 hours, Amman said.

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Ovens at Doughbar Pizzeria & Rotisserie, due to open March 10 on the South Side of Pittsburgh.

You have an electric deck oven from Italy that can reach 950 degrees. The menu will be expanded in the future.

Chicken will have a spice massage. They will salt the poultry.

There will be dine-in and carry-out.


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The dining room at Doughbar Pizzeria & Rotisserie, due to open March 10 on the South Side of Pittsburgh.

The hotel is located in the former Mexican Steel Cactus Cantina and has a bar with 35 seats and restaurant service for 90 people. The owners plan to start with eight faucets and grow to 16.

The decor was painted by local artists. There are 10 large screen televisions. A room on the upper floor for late evening meals is planned for the future

“Pizza has an amazing pizza culture,” said Porco. “Everyone is welcome here. We are family friendly. Pizza is something that everyone likes. “

They have an area with “Golden Girls” wallpaper and figures of the four women from the show near the relaxation rooms, which are painted in brightly colored patterns. The 1980s and 90s décor is a nod to the comedy television series of the time that featured four women in the same household in Miami Beach, Florida.

“The concept is to reflect that we don’t take ourselves too seriously,” said Porco. “We want this to be a fun place and a good time. So why not the ‘Golden Girls’?”

“The ‘Golden Girls’ are the best,” said Amman.

A red chandelier is the first thing guests see when they walk through the door.

Due to the pandemic, opening hours will be limited, Clark said.

“With covid-19 in our rearview mirror, we want to make sure we have a good opportunity for everyone to enjoy themselves, enjoy refreshing drinks, great service and great food,” said Clark. “It will be a festival for sure.”

The Doughbar Pizzeria & Rotisserie is located at E. Carson St. 1831.

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop is a contributor to the Tribune Review. You can contact JoAnne at 724-853-5062,, or on Twitter.

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