It’s only 9am, but the kitchen at Pierogies Plus already smells like butter and onions.
It’s an aroma reminiscent of Pittsburgh kitchens where families have prepared closely held, made-from-scratch recipes for generations, brought over by the Polish immigrants who first settled Pittsburgh. The wafting, savory scent makes it impossible not to be hungry for the hearty dumplings, even before breakfast.
At Pierogies Plus in McKees Rocks, just outside of the city, the pillowy dumplings are prepared in the Polish tradition by an expert staff hailing from Ukraine, Russia, Poland, and Pittsburgh. "A league of nations," as the shop’s CEO, Helen Mannarino, calls her staff of 16.