From our beginnings in the early 1900s, the Isaly family and its successors have pursued one mission: bringing deli and dairy products of consistent freshness, purity, and unbeatable flavor, made according to original Isaly’s recipes to your family table. We are best known for our “signature” products, Original Chipped Chopped Ham, Original BBQ sauce, and Old Fashioned Whitehouse Cherry Ice Cream. For everything you want to know about Isaly’s favorites, including recipes, fascinating history, and much more, browse this site.
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I worked for isalys in Clairton while in High School (GO BEARS) in the early 1960's. Couldn't begin to tell you how many skyscraper ice cream cones I made, under the watchful eye of then Manager Percy Grocott. Loved the chipped ham and all the other goodies Isaly's had to offer. Although I now live in Michigan (Brrrr) my heart will always belong to the Pittsburgh area especially Clairton. You can take the boy out of the Burgh but you can never take the Burgh out of the boy.
Billy Alderson Midland, Michigan
Growing up I ate at Isaly's many times. My mother worked very close and my sister and I went to school just a block away. At least once a week we got to meet her for lunch. At 16 I got what I consider the world's best job there. I was a stock boy and I cleaned up. Mostly it was evenings and an occasional Saturday or Sunday during the day. What made it so great was #1......I worked with 8 of the prettiest girls I went to school with. #2.....At 7 PM we cleaned up the cafeteria and took all the food to the kitchen to be put away in the cooler for the night and to clean the pans and containers. We always made a big plate for ourselves for our break. #3 Just before 10 (Closing time) one of the girls would make milkshakes or sundae's for when we left. #4 Mr. Cunningham the owner was one of the nicest employers I ever had. If I had to work a Saturday or Sunday it was rough at times, especially if the Chipped or Baked ham was on sale. Thinking back it may of been 50 cents a lb. Well I'd operate the slicer for what seemed eternity chipping ham. My right arm would be numb before noon. The baked ham had to be sliced when the customer ordered it since no two ever wanted the same thickness. I now live in south Fla and I wonder what TSA thinks every time I come back from Pittsburgh since I generally have 1/2 a dozen jars of BBQ sauce and a cooler with chipped ham. Yes I can get a close copy of the chipped chopped ham here but it's not the exact same. PLUS explain to someone at a deli the thickness of CHIPPED as they don't quite grasp the concept. I am really surprised that no one has opted to franchise Isaly's out as it would be a good addition to all the food establishment options we have today.
Dave Horvat Weirton, Wv
I lived on Fifth Ave in Oakland we would go to the park or Panther Hollow and on way we would stop and get chipped ham sandwich and little cartons of milk. On way home we got skyscraper ice comes. Best chipped ham ever and when I come to pittsburgh I always get some. Some of the best days ever.