Located in an Erie landmark eatery, la bella entices appetites with an extensive menu of homemade dishes served in a casual setting. Wanting to look perfect for its big dinner plate, the curly-leaf spinach takes a quick dip into the deep fryer ($6), while the sweet italian sausage prefers a long, hot bath in a sweet-and-sour poached-fig-and-date sauce ($8). Patrons looking for traditional Italian specialties find the ragu bolognese ($15) leading a roster of palate-pleasing pastas, as the lobster mac 'n' cheese ($25) and honey-jalapeño ahi tuna ($18) flaunt their flavors elsewhere on the menu. A nearby plant hatchery supplies the key component for vegetarian classics such as the eggplant parmesan ($18) and the eggplant veracruz ($17). Gluten-free guidelines help diners discern diet-friendly dishes such as the bittersweet chocolate-apricot cake ($8).
Anchored by its fresh-baked dough made from scratch from an old family recipe, Papa Joe's pizzas conquer hunger with their formidably large size and plethora of toppings options. Crusts can be rolled thick or thin, then topped with a traditional red sauce, pink sauce, spicy ranchero, or garlic and oil. Carnivorous cravers might opt for meaty toppings such as pepperoni, sausage, bacon, or chicken, and herbivorous appetites will pine for layers of spinach, mushrooms, or jalapeño peppers resting on a mozzarella bed. This Groupon is good for carry-out and dine-in, though those looking to enjoy a relaxing meal in Papa Joe's casual dining area can also take advantage of the free WiFi, ideal for quickly settling heated dinner debates over whether New Delhi is the capital of India or Indiana.
Founded in 1924, the Pittsburgh Inn appeases rapacious appetites with a menu consisting of hearty, home-cooked American comfort fare. Seafood-savorers can coronate a romantic meal across from a spouse or a seventeenth-century skipper by ordering a crab-cake appetizer, where homemade crab cakes come paired with creamy dill sauce ($4.99). For entrees, diners can order up a house favorite such as the almond fried-chicken breast, where boneless chicken is drizzled in homemade maple-honey mustard ($9.99), or engorge on a meatless meal such as the eggplant parmesan, topped with provolone cheese ($9.49). The Pittsburgh Inn's walls commemorate Pittsburgh-area legends with framed pictures, including its Honor Roll for soldiers on duty in Iraq.
Bootleggers Bar and Grill fills hollow bellies with an extensive and eclectic menu of American classics plated up within a warm, casual atmosphere. Share a premeal snack of chicken or beef macho nachos, a mixture of chili con queso, refried beans, sweet peppers, and shredded cheese blanketing house-made tortilla chips ($5.99) while discussing the benefits of naming children Chevy Nova, or prepare solo stomachs with the popular Texas-seasoned baked-potato soup ($2.50 for a cup, $3.75 for a bowl).
Miller's Pizza Place is the go-to restaurant to get your pizza fix. From plain pepperoni to ham and pineapple or a heaping pile of fresh veggies, the pizza-makers create pies sure to conquer all cravings. The menu doesn't end with pizzas, though?the chefs also make calzones, subs, salads, jumbo wings, and breadsticks. Takeout and delivery are available.