Divine pierogies turned out here
Pizza Heaven, Bennett Street,
Luzerne. (PETE G. WILCOX/THE TIMES LEADER)
So, how did YOU spend National Pierogi
Day? Whats that? You didnt know it was
National Pierogi Day? We forgive you. You have time
to make it up to a signature NEPA cuisine that we
hope got its due and then some Oct. 8.
In honor of the humble pasta pocket, we set out to
find some of the homemade variety and didnt
have to look much farther than Pizza Heaven in Luzerne,
which puts out more than sweet pizza.
Here, its best to buy your rogies by the
dozen ($7.95 prepared or $6.95 frozen) because theyre
small in size though huge on flavor. You have essentially
two choices: with butter and onions or fried. We had
one order of each, and both impressed. The potato-cheese
filling was cloud-soft, evocative of the billows that
appear around the gleaming Pearly Gates on the Pizza
Heaven website. Think mashed potatoes whipped mercilessly
with nary a lump. In the butter-and-onion incarnation,
the onions were diced up tiny, a pleasure for onion-lovers
but a bit frustrating for a hater who had a harder
time picking off his enemies.
The fried variety was the real surprise, with each
pierogi resembling a deep-fried ravioli only bigger
but not crisp. Instead of an overly crunchy coating
of fried grease, picture something lightly breaded
and flash-fried. These came with sour cream and could
be eaten as a finger food. Handy.
Having paid homage to pierogies, we moved on to the
pizza and wing family, given the name of the establishment
A seven-cut tray is $8.75, plus $1.75 per topping,
and onions are standard, so specify if you dont
want them. The important thing to know is the style
of the pizza, of course: Here its rectangular,
with that lightly fried bottom and light-cheese,
fresh-tomato, sweetish top. Rather like Pizza LOven
(if thats what you were thinking) and probably
because the recipe apparently has some roots there.
We oohed and aahed and heaped praise upon it.
We rounded out our meal with a pound each of Heavenly
Bites, Pizza Heavens take on the classic
boneless wing, one Heavenly Mild and one
Purgatory (medium). When they say bites,
they do mean bites, so dont expect anything
nearly as big as a wing. In fact, think one bite per
bite and order appropriately. (One pound is $7.95.)
The great news is here a bite actually tastes like
a tiny chicken wing. We all said it. Forget diced-up
chicken breast with some wing sauce over top; here
the bite is actually crisply coated with a nice little
crunch we loved.
We also loved the heavenly theme that carries throughout
the online menu and the soft interior décor.
Onion rings are called angel halos, for
example, and, for a foil, wings can be ordered Hot
The place is small but fun and peaceful, too. Welcoming
and cozy, with a friendly staff. Rather like we hope
the real heaven will be. If we make it.