Sciulli’s Pizza Celebrates Forty-Year Anniversary Amidst COVID Hardships
“We go together like pepperoni and pizza or spaghetti and meatballs. We have fun, we are family, there is nothing like it,” says Tim Sciulli, co-owner of Sciulli’s Pizza. Alongside brother Luciano and Uncle Oriente, Sciulli’s has been serving up pies, hoagies, and appetizers to Oakland residents students, workers, and neighborhood friends for four decades. Tim reminisces, “Luciano and I probably started working here at about six years old, making pizza boxes, taking orders, and running the cash register.” Their family is still happily serving the Oakland community to this day.
Located at the corner of Fifth and Halket, Sciulli’s was founded in 1980 by three brothers: Gabrielle, Antonio, and Oriente. Coming from the small village of Gamberale in Abruzzo, Italy in 1965, Oakland has remained their family’s home in residence and in business. “Oakland is where many Italians settled and made their home. We loved hangouts like Forbes Field, Pitt Stadium, St. Lorenzo Italian Social Club, George Aiken’s, Isaly’s,…” Tim says the list could go on and on.
Over the years, Sciulli’s has established catering relationships with its neighbors at UPMC, Carlow University, and The University of Pittsburgh. “It was an amazing feeling to make 120 pizzas for Pitt’s Homecoming game and deliver them to Heinz Field. There have been times we’ve delivered hundreds of pizzas to UPMC Presbyterian, and the staff seem to look at us thinking, ‘How in the world did two brothers just knock out this many pizzas?’”
With deep ties to the local community, the Sciulli’s have done everything they could to continue feeding the patrons they love through takeout and delivery amidst the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions that have hit the restaurant industry particularly hard. “We received multiple large orders for our frontline care workers, and are very grateful to still be able to serve our neighbors.”
Recently, Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Joe Haden purchased 600 pizzas for local UPMC employees. “It was incredible to make so many pizzas for our heroes. We are beyond thankful for Joe and everyone who has placed orders to support healthcare workers and support our business during this pandemic.”
Now operating in the Green Phase, Sciulli’s Pizza is open for dine-in at 50% capacity and continues to offer takeout and delivery. As the fall semester approaches, Tim is hopeful that students will be back on campus, hospitals will be running smoothly, and the streets of Oakland will feel normal again.
“As a small business, we love our neighbors and our community. We are an Oakland staple, and there is nothing we are more passionate about than our history and our pizza.”
Sciulli’s is, and always will be, focused on providing delicious Italian fare for the neighborhood they call home. Today, you can easily find them through their website at sciullispizza.com, order online through Slice or Grubhub, find them on Facebook or Instagram, or simply stop in or give them a call at 412-687-9287.
Tim remains positive in his outlook for Sciulli’s future. “Things are changing quickly in Oakland, but who’s to say Sciulli’s Pizza can’t be in the same location for another forty years?”