Bear N Mom Review of Labriola Food Stores

Leonard Labriola
Leonard Labriola

When I first thought to include Labriola Food Stores on my site as one of the stores where Nunny shopped, I had envisioned just doing a few of their products such as the meats, cheeses and pastas. As soon as I started to talk to Leonard Labriola the current owner of the family owned 4 stores, I knew that this was not going to be the theme of the article. The entire family and their story in the grocery business is too inspiring to just pass lightly over it.

Leonard Labriola Sr. at Pompa Grocery
Leonard Labriola Sr. at Pompa Grocery

Leonard Labriola Sr. immigrated to America and is shown working at Pompa Grocery. The Pompa family was related to Labriola and in 1929 Leonard struck out on his own and opened his first shop on Larimer Avenue in the East Liberty section of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Pittsburgh was a very ethnic city and the Labriola family found that their Italian cuisine and foods were well accepted. So much so that in 1969 they opened their store on Hulton Road in Verona.

Aspinwall Store on Freeport Road
Aspinwall Store on Freeport Road

In 1984 Leonard opened a store on Freeport Road in Aspinwall. This is the store at which Nunny did most of her shopping for Italian meats, cheeses and delicacies. She bought capicola, genoa salami, mozzarella, ricotta, pepperoni and parmesan for her frittata that was a tradition on Easter morning. She bought her smelts and some of her fishes for the traditional Christmas Eve dinner that included 13 fishes.

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Chicken ParmesanLasagnaOlivesSweet and Hot SausagesSticks of PepperoniProvolone CheeseGarlic and Cheese Dip
Chicken Parmesan
Chicken Parmesan
Lasagna
Lasagna
Olives
Olives
Sweet and Hot Sausages
Sweet and Hot Sausages
Sticks of Pepperoni
Sticks of Pepperoni
Provolone Cheese
Provolone Cheese
Garlic and Cheese Dip
Garlic and Cheese Dip

At the Deli Section you will find delights such as Labriola's Lasagna, Parmesans, olives, sausages along with cheeses of every type grated and whole. In front of the Deli you will find baked goods that even though they may not be Labiola brand are mostly Italian.

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Pizza Dough and Pepperoni BreadGarlic Bread
Pizza Dough and Pepperoni Bread
Pizza Dough and Pepperoni Bread
Garlic Bread
Garlic Bread

In the kitchen Garlic Bread, pizza shells, pizzas and pepperoni bread are made. Some are frozen for cooking at home and some are baked on site for sale in the store. Labriola's also carries their own subs and they can be bought at the Deli. In front of the refrigerated section you can purchase pies that are baked in the store and a truly worth the price. Even though the pie is larger than their competitoring supermarket, the store keeps their prices lower and the product is much tastier.

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TortelliniGarlic BreadWedding Soup
Tortellini
Tortellini
Garlic Bread
Garlic Bread
Wedding Soup
Wedding Soup

Moving on to the Freezers, you will find a selection of pastas, soups, pizza's ready to bake, stuffed shells, lasagna and a variety of fishes all put together by the Labiola staff ready for cooking at home.

You will also find my son's favorite cook at home frozen pizza in their freezer section. Except for Lent they only carry a pepperoni pizze in the customary round variety and a larger rectangular size. My son swears by the crust on these pizzas instead of the ones that are purchased from the supermarket and made by famous brand names.

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Labriola Pasta SauceOlive OilGarlic and Basil Oils
Labriola Pasta Sauce
Labriola Pasta Sauce
Olive Oil
Olive Oil
Garlic and Basil Oils
Garlic and Basil Oils

Labriola's has it's own brand of pasta sauce and no visit to an Italian store would be complete without olive oil, garlic oil and basil oil.

Leonard has 4 children and his son, Lenny, sometimes works at the stores. There you have the 3 generations of Labriolas who fulfilled an immigrant's dream of coming to America and raising his family in the Italian tradition.

Since 1984, the Labriolas have opened a third store in Monroeville in 2004 on Monroeville Boulevard and are in the midst of opening a fourth store in Cranberry.

As we take leave of Leonard Labriola's Italian Stores, Inc., I have to point out that they go the extra mile by carrying pasta bowls, pizzelle irons, pasta makers and pizza stones. Mangia everyone -- and as Nunny Says, "try it -- you'll like it !!!"

© 2009 Laura L Scotty

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bearnmom 5 years ago from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Author

I thank Leonard Labriola for allowing me to visit and interview him. Their stores now have their own website which I have linked above. What is great for dawn is that she can now order online and have her favorites shipped to her home.


Debbie (Fiore) Starr 5 years ago

Growing up with my family in Penn Hills, my dad Roland Fiore always shopped at Labriolas. Every weekend we looked forward to some good sandwiches with fresh tomatoes and all kinds of goodies from your stores. It was then and is still today a good old going back home feeling. Its a piece of the old days.

I'm glad it hasn't changed. I love the Monroeville store and get to visit the Aspinwall store from time to time, but the Penn Hills store is my regular stop. Keep up the good work, we all love coming in to shop. I don't know what we'd do without you. God Bless.


dawn comis 6 years ago

Born and raised on Labriola's, I grew up in Plum, however, my grandfather would come every sunday morning after stopping at Pompa's Grocery Store. While on your site today, I saw Pompa's for the first time. I am 47y/o Italian who has the best memories because of these stores. Visiting the burgh over Memorial Day, and have my list of items to buy before traveling home(North Carolina. Maybe we can open one of your stores in Raleigh, many Pittsburghians here who would love it.

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