Hit the Street: 7 Things We Love About West View

Check out this city neighborhood with family-owned businesses, great chocolate and authentic Italian food.


photos by john altdorfer

Start your day at the family-owned Schorr Bakery [433 Perry Highway, 412/931-0653], which operates its main location in Perry North. Try the “hot dog,” a powdered-sugar doughnut with French-cream filling, or an apple fritter — perfect for fall.


Check out Stamp Fanci [460 Perry Highway, stampfanci.com] for a wide variety of paper, die cuts or, of course, stamps. They come in all shapes and sizes.

West View Floral Shoppe [452 Perry Highway, westviewfloral.com] provides the typical services for funerals, weddings and other fresh-flower needs, but owner Beth Schellhaas also has populated her showroom with gift items and antiques — many that were passed down to her. “It’s like my little family museum,” she says.

Take a trip back in time to enjoy a chipped-ham sandwich at I.s.a.l.y.’s. [448 Perry Highway, 412/931-9994]. Rick Sebak once called it the best example of what the landmark stores used to look like.

Shop for anything you may need for biking at Scholl’s Bicycle Centers [649 Center Ave., schollsbikes.com]. This family-owned bike shop has been in town since 1955 and sells kids’ and adults’ bikes (as well as stationary varieties), clothing, equipment and more.

Pietro Di Pietro arrived in Pittsburgh from Naples in 1970 and has been making Italian specialties at Di Pietro’s Ristorante [412 Perry Highway, dipietrosrestaurant.com] since 1978. He says, “My motto is if I don’t serve it to myself, I don’t serve it to my customers.”  

While You’re There
Stop by the Betsy Ann Chocolates Factory Store [322 Perry Highway, betsyann.com] and sample one of the signature truffles, which are made in multiple flavors. The family-owned chocolate factory has been hand-producing its sweets in West View since 1961.

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