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Pittsburgh favorites

Sorry didn't mean to make you feel bad - and you don't have to necessarily. I hear they have good donuts, but I would rather go to a place where my friends are welcome, and not just their money. It's up to SfPaulina if this matters or not, but thought it worth mentioning.

Dec 19, 2010
chowness in Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh favorites

Shadyside has Mercurio's - a good gelato shop very close to Girasole if you end up there

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Girasole
733 Copeland St Ste 1, Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Dec 18, 2010
chowness in Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh favorites

For breakfast, I also enjoyed The Enrico Biscotti Company Cafe in the strip. The pastries/biscotti are great. Or stay for lunch - it's a small menu but good

Dec 18, 2010
chowness in Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh favorites

I'd go with Chaya or Umi, but know that Chaya is small so get there early. And Umi is priced like it's in SF and NYC. I've tended to hit Sakura in Squirrel Hill - it's a more casual sushi place. solid, but nothing special. It's just got reasonable prices and a large dining area. Sorry, this is a repeat of a later comment - sorry if it's redundant.

If you like Thai food, I'd go with Bangkok Balcony and Silk Elephant, both in Squirrel Hill. Or Green Mango/Noodle Hut out in Regent Square.

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Squirrel Hill Cafe
5802 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217

Bangkok Balcony
5846 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217

Sakura
1144 E Chocolate Ave, Hershey, PA 17033

Umi Restaurant
5847 Ellsworth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Dec 18, 2010
chowness in Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh favorites

Tessaro's has a great Thursday night bbq rib special. They have great food normally but there are weeks when I can't wait for Thursday to come so I can have some ribs.

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Tessaro's Restaurant
4601 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15224

Dec 18, 2010
chowness in Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh favorites

I know everyone in Pittsburgh loves Sushi Too, but honestly, I always felt there were better options around. Umi, for sure, but it's priced like SF or NYC. Chaya is more reasonable, with a good mix of other Japanese dishes as well, but always crowded as it is such a small shop. I ended up going to some of the other places in town, like Sakura in Squirrel Hill - not stellar like Umi, but reasonable prices and a large space.

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Squirrel Hill Cafe
5802 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217

Sushi Too
5432 Walnut St, Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Umi Restaurant
5847 Ellsworth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Sakura
, Harrisburg, PA 17101

Dec 18, 2010
chowness in Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh favorites

I enjoyed La Tavola in Mt. Washington for Italian. It's more out of the way but the owners were great and the food was excellent, without being pretentious. It's a local restaurant that has grown over the years and it retains much of that down to earth flavor.

I second Dish Osteria, Piccolo Forno and Girasole, though I'll have to say that Dish Osteria stood out more.

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Girasole
733 Copeland St Ste 1, Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Dish Osteria Bar
128 S 17th St, Pittsburgh, PA 15203

Piccolo Forno
3801 Butler St, Pittsburgh, PA 15201

Tavola Restaurant
400 West Sproul Road, Springfield, PA 19064

Dec 18, 2010
chowness in Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh favorites

For pastries and snacks, I like CoCo's Cupcakes in Shadyside, Dozen Cupcakes in Squirrel Hill, and Jean-Marc Chatellier’s French Bakery in Millvale.

I would've loved to try Peace, Love and Little Donuts, but there's been some controversy about his hypocritical marketing. Personally it affected my decision but I'll leave that to you - just google "peace, love and little donuts" and "immoral minority" if you want to know more.

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Squirrel Hill Cafe
5802 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217

Dec 18, 2010
chowness in Pennsylvania