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Suggestions for 2 dinners in Pittsburgh,PA

randeebin Aug 9, 2007 12:02 PM

My husband and I will be in Pittsburgh and need dinner suggestions for Friday and Sunday nights in August.

Friday night we will not be able to get to a restaurant until 9:30 or 10:00 and will be coming from the airport and Sunday night, time is not a problem but some restaurants are closed on Sunday. We are staying in the East End.

We are from San Francisco, and love great food and not too stuffy an environment. We like to have a choice of lighter options, so heavy pizza and burgers are not what we're after.

I found several options checking the web and wondered if any of what I'm listing are really great and/ or does someone have suggestions of someplace wonderful, that shouldn't be missed.

Restaurants so far that sounded interesting are: Casbah, Cafe Allegro, Soba, Olive or Twist,
Franco's, Monterey Fish Grotto and Carlton. We will be staying in the East End so East End, Shadyside, Oakland, Downtown, etc. would be fine.


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    Panini Guy RE: randeebin Aug 9, 2007 01:09 PM

    If this is your first visit to Pgh, you owe it to yourself to do something on Mt. Washington, so Monterey Fish Grotto would be a good call.

    Otherwise, you've got a decent list going. Of that list, the Carlton is old skool fine dining, the others more informal. I'd note that Soba is good for local, but it might disappoint if you're used to better SF sushi/pan-Asian fusion.

    I'd put Vivo and Girasole on the list. Maybe the Bigelow Alchemy menu if you're into the Ferran Adria thing otherwise the regular Bigelow menu is good. And of course, Dish...

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      42duffy RE: Panini Guy Aug 9, 2007 04:47 PM

      Girasole is delightful and allows for soaking up an actual neighborhood feel, save room for decent Gelato upstairs from restaurant. Monterey Fish would likewise be a good call for the food and view

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        Katiekins RE: 42duffy Aug 10, 2007 06:12 AM

        Also in the East End is Point Brugge in Point Breeze. They do the Belgian mussels and fries things very well, the rest of the food is good too, have an excellent selection of beers and a nice atmosphere with limited outdoor seating. http://www.pointbrugge.com/ They also do brunch

        I second the Girasole recommendation.

        Enrico's is another Italian inspired restaurant in the East End. Its very good and the wine list is awesome. http://www.enricos-shadyside.com/

        For the later dinner, 6 Penn Kitchen is one of the few good restaurants in the area to keep the kitchen open later. Its downtown. Their wings are gourmet and amazing. They brine them in sweet tea, then smoke them, and more. Highly recommended appetizer. http://www.sixpennkitchen.com/whatsne...

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      randeebin RE: randeebin Aug 10, 2007 08:34 AM

      Thanks everyone who answered my question about great food in Pittsburgh. From your answers, I would like to try everything, especially Bigelow Alchemy and Dish. However, because of short stay and family obligations, we are going to choose Casbah (because that's where my father in law wants to go) and Girasole, because everyone that wrote said it was good and my sister in law loves it,too. If anyone needs San Francisco suggestions, I have those. Thanks again and happy eating!

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        AbbyFMiller RE: randeebin Aug 10, 2007 09:59 AM

        Good choices! You could also have drinks at the Red Room before Casbah - great atmosphere and right down the street from Casbah.

        Girasole is good and the Gelato place next door is great for dessert!

      2. ChefBoyAreMe RE: randeebin Aug 10, 2007 08:39 AM

        I don't know if it's still around, but there was a good place I used to enjoy called Cento Ano a la Familgia, which was on (South? East?) Washington Street. Probably the best meals I had in PGH.

        Also, it was BYOB, which was nice, assuming you could get good wine from somewhere (not the easiest thing given PA's state monopoly on booze), or brought your own from whever you were coming in from.

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          QSheba RE: ChefBoyAreMe Aug 10, 2007 07:16 PM

          In Regent Square there's a new bistro called Legume..The menu changes daily and looks very good. Everytime I've tried to go there's a wait, but my husband and I will try it one of these days, hopefully! It's on Braddock Ave, one of the main roads in the East End.


          Also, here's a link to Pittsburgh's Top 25 Restaurants, as rated by Pittsburgh Magazine


          Enjoy your visit!

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            Rick RE: ChefBoyAreMe Aug 12, 2007 11:52 AM

            It's now Alla Famiglia on Arlingtion Ave in Alringtion.

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            maycurl RE: randeebin Aug 12, 2007 09:10 AM

            Soba is lovely. The food is great and the atmoshpere is, too. For Sunday night you may consider Girasole. It's on Copeland St., off of Walnut St. in Shadyside. They are open on Sunday. We've had very good meals there.

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