Survey shows one in three Pennsylvania families say Thanksgiving dinner will be take-out this year

Health experts are advising people to have smaller gatherings, which means less turkey being served.

With the demand for smaller turkeys expected to rise, more Pennsylvanians plan to ditch the pots and pans.

“This is a family tradition, something DeNunzio’s restaurants have done for many years,” said Anthony DeNunzio II.

The take-out meal is a Thanksgiving tradition for the Westmoreland County Italian staple.

“This is something our entire family is part of, in fact our owner Ron has been taking food from our kitchen and straight out to our customers’ vehicles and he has done this with his sons and every member of our family contributes to the cause on Thanksgiving,” DeNunzio said.

Since 1977, it’s meant preparing a traditional Thanksgiving menu for pick-up.

“Whether it’s someone who is a large family eating at home or someone just eating at home with a small group, we have the ability to provide that as well. Even individual meals too,” DeNunzio said.

DeNunzio’s is adjusting to the pandemic, as they have done all year, and they are anticipating smaller-sized orders.

“We are very thankful that we are still able to be open and provide for our customers, provide for our families, and provide for our friends,” DeNunzio said.

Many other Pittsburgh area restaurants are joining the Thanksgiving take-out train, including STATION in Bloomfield, Bob’s Diner in Carnegie and Bistro 19 in Mount Lebanon. They all say you should place your Thanksgiving order as soon as you can.