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Caliente Pizza & Draft House announces new menu items for 2021 

Caliente Pizza & Draft House announces new menu items for 2021

PITTSBURGH — After months of meticulous planning, Caliente Pizza & Draft House is proud to announce the release of its new menu debuting on March 22.

Chicken is the new pizza at Caliente Pizza & Draft House. With a rise in popularity of chicken sandwiches and the infamous chicken sandwich wars, Caliente wants a piece of the action. The new menu will debut three chicken sandwiches and a chicken parmesan hoagie.

There’s something for everyone at Caliente Pizza’s five locations including Bloomfield, Hampton, Aspinwall, Monroeville and Mt. Lebanon. Vegan fans can now enjoy Caliente’s freshest vegetables and beloved signature dough on a new gourmet pizza topped with a dairy-free, soy free, gluten free and Non-GMO Project Verified Mozzarella cheese.

Returning to the menu is a fan favorite – the Luca Brasi – which was recognized as a finalist at the Trofeo Caputo Cup World Championships in Naples, Italy, in September 2019.

The award-winning restaurant releases new menu items every March and regional chef, Eric von Hansen, starts experimenting months in advance.

“I keep a notebook by my bed because too often my ideas come to me at night, “said von Hansen. “I call it ‘mad scientist syndrome’ because I’m constantly experimenting with a dab of this and a dash of that to find that unique combination. With the recent chicken wars, I was inspired to create our own take on the sandwiches by adding the savory Caliente flavors our customers love.”

Below is a complete list of all of the new items available on Caliente’s new menu:

Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich

To satisfy those with a spicy side, this breaded chicken sandwich has a bit of a kick to it featuring Nashville hot sauce, pickles and pepper jack cheese, served with a side of tots or fries.

Chicky Chicky Parm Parm Chicken Sandwich

Much like the hoagie, this sandwich contains breaded chicken breast, mozzarella cheese and marina sauce, served with a side of tots or fries. This creation allows Caliente to highlight two significantly different cultures in one dish.

The Company Chicken Sandwich

By incorporating pickles and mayonnaise together inside a bun, this breaded chicken sandwich is a classic rendition of popular chicken sandwiches everywhere. Tots or fries are served as a side as well.

Chicky Chicky Parm Parm Hoagie

To include a popular staple of Italian-American cuisine, this hoagie features a blend of mozzarella and provolone cheese, breaded chicken and marinara sauce.

Forces of Nature

Topped with cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, roasted red peppers, onion, black olives and vegan cheese, this vegetable-lovers pizza features plant-based ingredients that are animal-friendly and come from the earth.

Luca Brasi

This unique creation features Caliente’s signature dough, crushed plum tomato sauce, sweet sausage and a roasted pepper medley made with fresh basil, banana peppers, roasted red peppers, sweety drop peppers, Jalapenos and green chili peppers. Ropped with fresh mozzarella for a tasty spin on the mobster hitman in the Mafia crime classic.

Get Saucy 

We’re debuting three new wing sauces – Nashville Hot, Caliente Rub and Salt & Pepper. For those who like their foods extra spicy, Caliente is offering two new take-home sauces, which include the Caliente Hot Pepper Oil for $8.99 and Mike’s Hot Honey for $12.99.

The menu will still include the team’s award-winning pies including the Mee-Maw, recognized as the Best Pizza in America 2019, and the Quack Attack, voted #1 pan pizza in the world.

Chef Eric talks about all of the new menu items on our YouTube page here.

ABOUT CALIENTE PIZZA & DRAFT HOUSE

Caliente Pizza & Draft House is an award-winning, locally owned and operated pizza restaurant known for its roster of gourmet pizzas and craft beers. With five locations in the Pittsburgh area, Caliente is also known internationally as three-time World Pizza Champions and represents Pittsburgh on the World Pizza Champions Team. In 2019, Caliente Pizza & Draft House earned the title of Best Pizza in America. For locations and more information, visit www.pizzadrafthouse.com.

Year, New Menu!

Caliente Pizza & Draft House announces new catering menu

Caliente Pizza & Draft House announces new catering menu

Award-winning pizza chain announces new menu items for large families and groups in response to COVID-19

PITTSBURGH (January 25, 2021) – In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Caliente Pizza & Draft House is proud to announce the release of its new catering menu for large families and groups looking for takeout options.

Whether you’re feeding a family of 10 or an ‘army’ of 20, the new menu includes half and full pan options. Rounding up Pittsburgh’s favorites, family items include meatballs in marinara, hushpuppies, pierogis, buffalo chicken salad and more. For larger groups, traditional onion rings, chicken tenders, wings, salads, hoagies and pizzas are all available for purchase.

“With many families staying inside or quarantining together, we wanted to revamp our catering menu to serve smaller groups,” said Regional Chef Eric Von Hansen.

In January, Caliente made a delivery to the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS) to donate items from its new catering menu.

To view the full catering menu, visit Caliente’s website here. You can also follow Caliente on Facebook and Instagram to keep on top of all of its latest updates.

ABOUT CALIENTE PIZZA & DRAFT HOUSE
Caliente Pizza & Draft House is an award-winning, locally owned and operated pizza restaurant known for its roster of gourmet pizzas and craft beers. With five locations in the Pittsburgh area, Caliente is also known internationally as three-time World Pizza Champions and represents Pittsburgh on the World Pizza Champions Team. In 2019, Caliente Pizza & Draft House earned the title of Best Pizza in America. For locations and more information, visit www.pizzadrafthouse.com

Caliente Pizza & Draft House announce new DIY calzone kits for at-home use

Caliente Pizza & Draft House announce new DIY calzone kits for at-home use

PITTSBURGH (January 11, 2021) — Caliente Pizza and Draft House has a new DIY kit available –
calzone kits.
“Our pizza kits were such a big hit last year, we decided to let home chefs try their hand at making another Caliente specialty: calzones,” said Regional Chef Eric Von Hansen.

The new Calzone kits include two dough balls, sauce, ricotta cheese, garlic butter, Parmesan cheese, mozzarella-Provolone blend, and a choice of two toppings. The kits are $24.95 each and are available for takeout and delivery. Want a cooking lesson on how to craft and bake the perfect calzone? Check out this tutorial from Chef Eric.

“DIY meals have been growing in popularity over the past few years and we get it – people love the combination of the convenience and the feeling of making a home-cooked meal,” said Nick Bogacz, founder and owner of Caliente Pizza and Draft House. “We hope these kits provide a fun and memorable way for families to get in the kitchen and create something with their loved ones.”

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Gretchen McKay featured Caliente’s Calzone kits in a recent story. Read her story here.

Caliente’s take-home pizza kits are still available for $22. The pizza kits included two medium pizzas, dough, sauce, cheese, seasoning and hand-picked toppings. Much like the calzone kit, instructions are located within.
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ABOUT CALIENTE PIZZA and DRAFT HOUSE

Caliente Pizza and Draft House is an award-winning, locally owned and operated pizza restaurant known for its roster of gourmet pizzas and craft beers. With five locations in the Pittsburgh area, Caliente is also known internationally as three-time World Pizza Champions and represents Pittsburgh on the World Pizza Champions Team. In 2019, Caliente Pizza & Draft House earned the title of Best Pizza in America. For locations and more information, visit www.pizzadrafthouse.com

Caliente Pizza collects 200 pounds of canned goods during fourth annual food drive

Caliente Pizza collects 200 pounds of canned goods during fourth annual food drive

PITTSBURGH (January 2, 2021) — Thanks to the help of its customers, Caliente Pizza & Draft House collected 200 pounds of canned goods during its fourth annual food drive to feed families in need over the recent holiday season.

The food drive officially ran from Nov. 1, 2020 through Dec. 25, 2020. Customers were encouraged to drop off items at any Caliente location or given to delivery drivers. All donations were delivered to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank in efforts to make families who are facing hunger happier and healthier.

“We are so grateful to have customer who share our passion to help, especially during the holiday season,” said Nick Bogacz, founder and owner of Caliente Pizza & Draft House. “Food insecurity has skyrocketed in our area over the past year. We hope this effort made a difference for local families in need.”

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ABOUT CALIENTE PIZZA & DRAFT HOUSE

 Caliente Pizza & Draft House is an award-winning, locally owned and operated pizza restaurant known for its roster of gourmet pizzas and craft beers. With five locations in the Pittsburgh area, Caliente is also known internationally as three-time World Pizza Champions and represents Pittsburgh on the World Pizza Champions Team. In 2019, Caliente Pizza & Draft House earned the title of Best Pizza in America. For locations and more information, visit www.pizzadrafthouse.com.

Caliente Pizza & Draft House reintroduces their exclusive ‘Big Dill’ Pickle Pizza

The seasonal pie is back on the menu for a limited time at all five Caliente locations

 Pittsburgh, PA. (November 9, 2020) – Caliente Pizza & Draft House announces the return of the ‘Big Dill” Pickle Pizza to their selection of gourmet and award-winning pizzas. Caliente is partnering with Pittsburgh Pickle Co. for the third year in a row to bring pack the popular fan favorite in honor of National Pickle Day on November 14.

Made with Caliente’s signature dough, the ‘Big Dill’ features a house-made garlic butter sauce, mozzarella, provolone, ricotta and topped with a bed of Pittsburgh Pickle Co. pickles. The pizza will be available at all five Caliente locations for dine-in, pick-up or delivery. One size, all the flavor for $17!

“We always challenge our chefs to create the most inventive and uniquely delicious pizzas, and the ‘Big Dill” is one of our favorites,” said owner Nick Bogacz. “For the third year in a row, the ‘Big Dill’ will represent two Pittsburgh owned and Pittsburgh proud businesses through our partnership with the Pittsburgh Pickle Co.”

The ‘Big Dill’ Pickle Pizza will be available beginning November 14 for National Pickle Day. To learn more about the ‘Big Dill” Pickle Pizza and other menu items, visit their website here.

ABOUT CALIENTE PIZZA & DRAFT HOUSE

 Caliente Pizza & Draft House is an award-winning, locally owned and operated pizza restaurant known for its roster of gourmet pizzas and craft beers. With five locations in the Pittsburgh area, Caliente is also known internationally as three-time World Pizza Champions and represents Pittsburgh on the World Pizza Champions Team. In 2019, Caliente Pizza & Draft House earned the title of Best Pizza in America.