Located in the Strip District (an eater’s paradise by any measure), DeLuca's is a storefront café that serves tremendously satisfying morning meals.
Mixed grill is the star of the show: sausage or ham sizzled with a huge heap of peppers, onions, tomatoes, mushrooms, and zucchini, crowned with a couple of eggs (the eggs are optional) and sided by hunky home fried potatoes and a couple of slabs of toast. Among the available varieties of toast are an aromatic cinnamon-raisin, rye, wheat, and white.
“Ordinary” omelets are jumbo, too, stuffed with giant hunks of fresh vegetables and/or your breakfast meat of choice; but for many visitors, DeLuca’s is an opportunity to indulge in one of the really outrageous breakfast items, such as the chocolate chip hotcake sundae, which is a stack of pancakes choc-a-bloc with melted and melting chocolate chips, topped with ice cream and strawberries. We like blueberry French toast made with sweet-smelling raisin bread.
DeLuca’s is open for lunch as well as breakfast, with a menu of hamburgers, cold-cut hoagies, and such square meals as meat loaf or pork chops with potatoes. Milk shakes are served in silver beakers … and topped with a dab of whipped cream.
Expect to wait for a seat at peak mealtime hours, especially on weekends when Pittsburghers throng to the Strip on a kind of eaters’ holiday. For us, the choice place in DeLuca’s is at the counter with a view of the short-order chefs flipping eggs and hotcakes at lightning speed.