Why? Pittsburgh Eats!

As I started to tell you about on Monday, Matthew and I spent this past weekend in Pittsburgh, exploring the city thanks to an invitation from Visit Pittsburgh. It was a full weekend, especially with all the eating and drinking we packed in!

Friday evening, we found an adorable beer bistro called Sharp Edge, just across the street from our hotel. This place had a food menu filled with German pub favorites (hot pretzels, wienerschnitzel, and more), but we were most impressed with their huge Belgian beer selection.

IMG_7364Since there were so many choices, a sampler of four of the draft beers was a great way to get some libations without having to make any tough decisions. The fun atmosphere and great beer list would make Sharp Edge a must-stop for me on our next trip to Pittsburgh.

Saturday morning, we got up bright and early to have breakfast at Pamela’s Diner.

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Pamela’s is best known for their crepe-style hotcakes, which are light, crisp at the edges, and entirely delicious!

IMG_7371Pamela’s also has stuffed crepe hotcakes, which Matthew enjoyed filled with strawberries, brown sugar, and sour cream. The small, bustling diner atmosphere was a great way to start the day and by the time we left around 8:30am, there was already a long line forming outside.

As we made our way around the city Saturday afternoon, we wanted to stop for a small bite and a cocktail. We stumbled upon the Market Square area, which had a lot of restaurant options surrounding a wide courtyard with plenty of outdoor seating.

IMG_7393We stopped in at NOLA on the Square, where we enjoyed tasty cocktails and some spicy gumbo, which was just the right sustenance for the rest of our afternoon.

IMG_7395We wanted a special dinner on Saturday evening and so chose from one of the many restaurants at the top of the Duquesne Incline in the Mount Washington neighborhood: Bella Vista Ristorante Italiano.

The view from our table was spectacular!

IMG_7407Of course, Scott spent most of the time contemplating the view of the Rubber Duck Project.

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I had the veal piccata for my entree and the sauce had a nice flavor, with white wine, mushrooms, artichokes, and capers.

IMG_7413Matthew had the beef wellington special, served with shrimp scampi. The wellington was tender and rich and would truly be a special worth ordering again!

IMG_7412For dessert, we enjoyed one of the best cannoli I’ve had in a long time!

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Bella Vista has a truly traditional Italian menu, filled with veal, chicken, seafood, and pasta dishes. The prices are high, particularly since the portions are not large, but the food is very good, the view is wonderful, and the service is warm and unhurried in a good, enjoy-your-experience way (we were at the restaurant nearly three hours).

Before heading out of town on Sunday, we made a stop at Church Brew Works, a brewery located in an old church.

IMG_7416A sampler of their in-house microbrews and a wood-fired pizza made for a great ending to a weekend filled with a lot of good eats!

IMG_7420We found that Pittsburgh has a lot to offer, both in terms of sights to see and places to eat! We definitely did not leave hungry!

***Disclosure: I was invited by Visit Pittsburgh to spend a weekend exploring the city. While I was asked to tweet and Instagram our travels, I was not asked to blog about them. In exchange, I received hotel accommodations and spending money for the weekend. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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