Est. 1970

Common Plea Catering began as The Common Plea restaurant, opened by John and Donna Barsotti in 1970 on Ross Street in downtown Pittsburgh. The restaurant soon became the premier dining destination in the area thanks in no small part to the owners’ flair for hospitality and uncompromising commitment to high quality cuisine.

Common Plea expanded the business, opening a catering company and commissary on Smallman Street in Pittsburgh’s Strip District. This centralized location provided us the opportunity to demonstrate our corporate dining capabilities to our new neighbors, offering over 1,800 daily catered meals by mid-2019.

Experience excellence in catering with Common Plea Catering, boasting 40 years of unparalleled expertise and dedication to culinary mastery. Our seasoned team combines decades of industry knowledge with a passion for creating unforgettable dining experiences, ensuring your event is a resounding success from start to finish.

Expanding Our Innovative
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Common Plea Catering, where culinary excellence meets unforgettable events. Elevate your gatherings with our exquisite event catering services, tailored to exceed your expectations. From corporate galas to intimate celebrations, our team combines passion and precision to create culinary experiences that leave a lasting impression. Discover the perfect blend of flavors, presentation, and service that sets us apart. Trust us to turn your event into a culinary masterpiece. Explore all that Common Plea Catering can offer for an unparalleled journey of taste and style.

We are proud to have served the Heinz History Center as their exclusive caterer for more than 20 years. Since 2021, our partnerships have expanded to include locations in and around the Pittsburgh area: Cadence at the Strip. – Cellars Speakeasy, Monroeville’s All American Field House, and North Park’s Cadence Clubhouse.  Our newest venue, Pittsburgh Brewing Company, allows us to showcase a variety of venues and services around the city.

Who We Are

Common Plea Catering provides premier full-service event catering for events large and small. Our event catering facility in Pittsburgh’s Strip District is fully appointed to bring uncommon excellence to your next affair. Our chefs create superior seasonal cuisine, and we will work together to design a menu to suit your occasion.

At Common Plea Catering, we are more than just a catering company – we are culinary architects dedicated to transforming your events into unforgettable experiences. With a passion for exceptional food, meticulous attention to detail, and a commitment to unparalleled service, we pride ourselves on being the go-to choice for event catering in and around Pittsburgh. Whether you’re planning a corporate gathering, wedding, or any special occasion, our team of culinary experts are here to elevate your event with a symphony of flavors and artful presentation. Discover the perfect blend of creativity and taste that defines Common Plea Catering. Your journey to extraordinary events begins with us. Explore our diverse menu options and exceptional service to make your next event truly memorable


At Common Plea Catering, our mission is to exceed expectations with every bite, crafting unforgettable culinary experiences tailored to your unique vision. With a commitment to excellence and a passion for hospitality, we strive to create memorable moments that linger long after the last dish is served.  We provide exceptional catered experiences for our clients, offer rewarding career opportunities for our employees, and strive to maintain a vibrant partnership with our community.

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