Old favorite returns to Fifth Avenue in Arnold
“Often imitated, never duplicated” is how the old saying goes.
Such is the case with the legendary P&M Pizza in Arnold.
Many local pizzerias have tried to duplicate the distinctive taste of a P&M pie but only have succeeded in copying the one-of-a-kind recipe that was introduced to the Alle-Kiski Valley during World War II.
Closed since 2004, P&M was bought last year by Phil McKinley, who remodeled the inside to create a nice family atmosphere. And, more importantly, McKinley has come close to duplicating the famous recipe created by longtime owner Mooney Martz.
The Lunch Bunch started with a Pepperoni Roll ($2.25) that was loaded with meat and mozzarella cheese and enclosed by homemade dough that was baked to perfection. This was a pepperoni lover’s paradise, moist inside and crispy on the outside.
Next we tried the Cheesy Garlic Bread Sticks ($3.50). The flatbread sticks, flavored with olive oil, mozzarella, garlic and parsley, “stole the show” in the words of one Lunch Buncher.
The Original P&M Thin Crust Pizza ($9.75 large) was a nostalgic link to days gone by. This three-cheese, cornmeal-encrusted, stick-to-the-roof-of-your-mouth blend of tastes will have P&M devotees debating exactly how close it is to the original. We recommend adding pepperoni to capture the tang of the original pie.
The Hand-Tossed New York Style Crust Pizza ($10.75 large) was a traditional pizza if you’re not looking for something different. The rich, red sauce, bubbling, hand-rolled crust and ample cheese make it a good choice for picky kids.
The New York Style Crust Ultimate White Pizza ($11.75) was an absolutely delightful blend of tastes. A thin crust was packed with cheese, fresh tomatoes and bacon. One Buncher described the creation as “tasting like fettuccine carbonaro,” calling it “the best-kept P&M secret.”
After you try the Original P&M, make this your next indulgence. It is that good.
We also added a Side Salad ($2.75), a nicely portioned serving of crisp iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers and olives. You also can add any pizza topping except sausage for a quarter.
With attentive servers, free Wi-Fi, great food and a clean interior, P&M Pizza is a must-visit for both former regulars and those who’ve not yet had the pleasure.
At P&M Pizza, you really can go back to the future.
Compiled by Eric Felack and guests. Meals are paid for by the Valley News Dispatch and are unrelated to advertising.
Address: 1605 Fifth Ave., Arnold
Hours: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sun.-Thurs.; 11 a.m.-midnight Fri.-Sat.
Credit cards: Not accepted
Smoking : Yes
Prices: Pizza, $2.50-$11.75; Pepperoni Roll, $2; Side Salad, $2.75; Cheesy Garlic Bread Sticks, $3.50