Long-time West View restaurateurs honored for community commitment
In the more than 40 years since Pietro “Pete” DiPietro began operating an Italian eatery in West View, his goal of creating a dining experience that keeps patrons coming back for more has been a recipe for success.
But the native of Guardia Lombardi, Italy, has done more than just serve a great meal. He has contributed to the community in ways few people may know.
“Pete has always been generous when we’ve asked for donations for the fire department or to help fund community events,” said Mayor J.R. Henry. “But what really sets him apart is that he often steps up to help even when he hasn’t been asked.”
Henry recalled an instance in which DiPietro contacted borough officials following a large fire to inquire if there was “anything I can do to help the fire department or the people who were affected?”
“He’s just a very community oriented person who cares about helping others and finds ways to do it,” the mayor said.
DiPietro and his wife Rina recently were honored for their commitment to West View with a Certificate of Congratulations that was presented by the mayor and Council President William Aguglia.
DiPietro, 77, said he was “humbled” by the honor and thanked borough officials and residents “for being such great neighbors.”
The DiPietros have been operating their business in West View since 1978 when they opened a pizza and sandwich shop.
During the ensuing decade, the business grew into a full service restaurant — DiPietro’s Ristorante — featuring traditional dishes that draw on family recipes prepared with the freshest ingredients available.
As the business flourished, so too did DiPietro’s deep connection to the community.
In 2011, he was selected to serve as the grand marshal for Pittsburgh’s annual Columbus Day parade.
At the time, parade committee chairman Guy Costa said DiPietro’s selection as grand marshal “was a logical choice because of his involvement in the North Hills and generosity to the Italian-American community.”
In 2016, the National Restaurant Association recognized DiPietro’s community spirit with its Faces of Diversity Award, noting that he has played “an important role in the community, supporting numerous organizations.”
DiPietro said assisting with initiatives that help the community is his way of returning the kindness he has received.
“To me, it is very important to help the community because the community helped me when I needed their business,” he said.
Tony LaRussa is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tony at 724-772-6368 or [email protected] or via Twitter @TonyLaRussaTrib.