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.

Expanding Our Innovative
Concepts for the Future

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 three up-and-coming locations in and around the Pittsburgh area: Monroeville’s All American Field House, North Park’s Cadence Clubhouse and Cadence at the Strip. 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 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.

Perfection informs our work as Pittsburgh caterers. Chefs and assistants create exquisite food, managers and planners oversee every detail, and an always-attentive service staff promise to exceed expectations.

At Common Plea Catering, each of us devotes our personal attention to you. Whether you’re hosting a small intimate gathering at home or a large celebration at one of Pittsburgh’s unique venues, our comprehensive team will assist you with each detail of the event planning process. We are attentive to every element of entertaining: delicious food and drink, elegant linens and decor, attentive and courteous service. From tasting to toasting, Common Plea Catering will ensure your vision is fully realized.


To provide exceptional catered experiences for our clients, offer rewarding career opportunities for our employees, and to maintain a vibrant partnership with our community.

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