Pittsburgh Restaurant Week offers new venues, no-reservation options
Pittsburgh Restaurant Week has something for every diner, says manager Brian McCollum.
For those interested in trying out a new restaurant, there are a number of new event attendees starting Monday.
For undecided diners, the website offers a restaurant roulette that will choose a place at random.
For last-minute planners, many restaurants don’t require reservations.
For those who don’t think one week is enough to take advantage of meal deals, many restaurants are extending their deals for a second week.
The official dates for Summer Restaurant Week are Monday through August 14. Many deals will run through August 21, as indicated on the website by an orange “Two Weeks” icon next to the restaurant name.
It’s about giving people more options and greater flexibility, McCollum said.
“Generally we focus on bookings and planning ahead, which we certainly encourage people to do, but there are places that don’t take reservations and cater specifically to walk-ins. “, did he declare. “If you’re looking for a place to go and you haven’t planned ahead, you can look at the list of walk-in places and say, ‘Let’s go.
“You don’t have to pick a specific time, you can just show up.”
The maximum price for the featured menu is $40.22 for a two to four course meal. All attendees offer dinner and some also include a lunch option.
The summer restaurant week typically offers lighter fare than the winter event, McCollum said. Many sites also focus on locally grown produce and other local products.
Menus include everything from budget burgers and sandwiches to upscale steaks and seafood.
Among Restaurant Week’s newbies is Piada Italian Street Food, a Columbus, Ohio-based chain with 45 locations in seven states. Piada has five new locations in the Pittsburgh area – East Liberty, North Hills, Oakland, Robinson and South Hills.
All five offer a make-your-own lunch or dinner for two, priced at $20.22. Each guest selects pasta or salad and adds protein, toppings, dressing, and fountain drink. The meal is completed with a bag of crispy cannoli chips mixed with powdered sugar and served with chocolate chip cannoli cream.
“Piada gives Pittsburghers something new – a fast, casual approach to Italian cuisine with fresh ingredients,” said Caity Bergman, community marketing coordinator for Piada. “Piada was created with the belief that you don’t have to sacrifice quality and flavor for speed and value.
“We opened our first Piada restaurant in 2010 with a mission to create fresh, modern Italian cuisine with a focus on the preparation of high quality ingredients and attention to simplistic cuisine,” she said. “Consumers today are looking for healthier, higher quality foods with convenient and fast delivery to fit their busy lifestyles.”
Other new entrants include Sullivan’s Steakhouse in downtown Pittsburgh, Tupelo Honey in Station Square and Getaway Bar & Grill in Brookline.
Texas de Brazil in Station Square, serving grilled meats in the Portuguese churrasco style, is returning for the first time since the pandemic shutdown, McCollum said.
McCollum advises interested diners to keep checking the Restaurant Week website at pittsburghrestaurantweek.com as locations and menus continue to be added.