Pre/Post marathon dinner recs in Pittsburgh
Will be in Pburgh this weekend with some fellow Philly hounds for the marathon and was hoping to get some recs for an early dinner on Saturday and a late afternoon meal on Sunday. I'm a vegetarian but my running buddies are omnivores. We're looking for basic pasta on Saturday night, nothing too upscale, but would like something more chow-worthy than Spaghetti Warehouse or Olive Garden. Location isn't a big factor, but somewhere between Oakland and downtown would be a bonus. On Sunday we'll be whacked out from the race so something along the lines of high end comfort food would be great (if anyone is familiar with the Philly chow scene think Continental or Jones). Also, we'll probably want to avoid the immediate downtown area due to all of the marathon mayhem. Thanks!
2601 Smallman St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
83 E City Ave, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004
First thing that comes to mind for pasta would be Lidia's (http://www.lidias-pittsburgh.com/) in the strip. The unlimited pasta trio may be just the type of quality carbo-loading you're looking for. There are a number of pasta+redsauce options on Liberty Ave/Bloomfield/Little Italy. For something chow-worthy, you could try Stagioni's (http://www.stagionipgh.com/) if they have enough pasta options for you.
For Sunday comfort, I think Six Penn (http://www.sixpennkitchen.com/) would definitely be a good fit, but not sure if the location is going to be problem for you. Another option that comes to mind is Harris Grill, not upscale, but more of a fun, bar, brunch sit outside kind of thing on Ellsworth Ave/Shadyside.
A general option if you're stuck and can't decide is the Church Brewworks (http://www.churchbrew.com/). The food can be a little hit or miss sometimes, depending on how picky you are, but the venue is fantastic and unique, with great beers crafted on-premises.
5747 Ellsworth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15232