You might remember our article from a while back about Pizza Heaven, what is arguably the best ‘za joint in State College. Believe me, I live just a short drive away from New York City, home of the world’s best slice, and Pizza Heaven is the only place in town that holds a candle to world’s pizza capital when it comes to combining to dough, cheese, and tomatoes into one of America’s favorite greasy delicacies.
You also might remember a video we produced just a few months back detailing Pizza Heaven’s imminent move, as CVS had bought out the property.
“I hope I’m around,” owner Tom Gibson said in December. “I will be making pizza somewhere local here, we just gotta find a spot. If it takes a couple months before I have a new place, it will, and I’ll be back. I just like making pizza. It’s a calling. My plan is to keep making pizza, I just don’t know where I’m going to do it yet.”
You can stop holding your breath, because Gibson was thankfully able to find a new venue to house his creative pizza creations. Pizza Heaven is now open again at 301 Science Park Road, which is unfortunately a hike and a haul from campus and nowhere near as convenient as the previous location on North Atherton.
The pizzeria is now housed in a nondescript office building lobby with no sign out front to let you know that some of the best pizza in Pennsylvania is behind those doors. Gibson will certainly get his fair share of business from employees that work at 301 Science Park, but without a car it won’t be all that easy to get there from campus, downtown, or the Vairo area.
Despite reopening in a fairly unfortunate and disappointing location, I can assure you that the pizza has not suffered along with the move. Just last week I stopped by the new Pizza Heaven, which actually looks a whole lot nicer inside when compared to the North Atherton spot. It might have taken a couple calls to figure out exactly where the restaurant was located, but a small puttanesca pie and an order of Heaven Sticks more than made up for the somewhat long drive.
Don’t expect to get pizza from them as late as you were able to in the past, though. Pizza Heaven’s new hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and they are only open from Monday to Friday, most likely because of the loss of business that would occur when the office complex that houses Pizza Heaven is empty.