A self-proclaimed sculpture-cake confectioner, Sweetest Desserts rolls out a menu filled with fresh batches of hand-decorated and artfully crafted cakes, cupcakes, and other desserts. Using quality ingredients, the bakery creates a variety of custom cupcakes ($12.50/dozen), which are available in more than 25 base flavors, such as classic crisp vanilla, decadent mocha crunch, and moist southern red velvet. Optional fillings ($2.25/dozen) include chocolate ganache, lemon cream, and va va vanilla mousse. Fresh, succulent strawberries are drizzled and dressed in milk, dark, and white chocolate before being accessorized with nuts and coconut shavings ($19.95 for 18), and tasty tartlets ($13.95/dozen) are stuffed with apples, berries, and white chocolate mousse before they sashay across your mouth’s red carpet. Customers can either visit the bake shop in person or opt for delivery, which is available to Pittsburgh and surrounding areas within a 50-mile radius for an additional fee of $6 to $11.
Though its sweet shoppe is a new addition, Charlie's has been serving ice cream for over 30 years, long enough to witness both I Love the '80s and its original source material. Try your tongue on one of Charlie's time-honored soft-serve treats in chocolate ($2/medium), vanilla ($2/medium), yogurt ($2.35/medium), or Dole ($2.35/medium) in a cake cone. Charlie's can also add any of 36 flavors, including butterscotch, espresso, cheesecake, mango, and many more into any of its soft-serve flavors. Or opt to sharpen your teeth on two scoops of classically flavored hard-serve in a cake cone ($2.25). Sugar-free options in butter pecan and fudge ripple help keep discerning diets in tact. Ice cream is also skillfully injected into cakes, pies, and cookie sandwiches, bridging the gap between Charlie's old and Charlie's new with a filling more satisfying than caulk. Swing by the sweet shoppe portion of the dessertery to pick up some home-style baked goods, such as cookies, brownies, crème horns, muffins, tarts, apple dumplings, cakes, savory pepperoni rolls, and more. Pie, cake, and other large orders must be placed 24–48 hours in advance.
The McGinnis Sisters specialty stores are run by the coincidentally named McGinnis sisters. This is a truly familial enterprise, founded by their mother and father in 1946. The daughters expanded the store's selection and gravitational pull throughout the years while still retaining the literal mom 'n' pop attention to detail and quality. Fresh and local products dominate the shelves in each of the cozy markets. Chicken and pork fill meat cases, while recently reeled catches grace the icy displays at the seafood counter. You'll find quality deli meats and even freshly prepared lunch sandwiches ($4.99–$5.99) at the in-house delicatessen. Follow your whiskers to sniff out locally acquired cheese or daily-made bakery sensations.
The "wood-fired pizza has us fired up about Bella Luna Trattoria," declared the Pittsburgh City Paper after its reviewers sampled the thin-crust pies pulled from the restaurant's blazing oven. Chefs adorn these doughy creations, available in sizes ranging from an 8-inch mini to a 14-inch large, with red or white sauces and an arsenal of traditional and inventive toppings. On the stovetop, freshly made angel hair, fettuccine, and linguine bathe in marinara, bolognese, and alfredo sauces, and the frying pan imbues cutlets of hand-breaded eggplant parmigiana with a golden tan worthy of the Italian Riviera.
Kohinoor Indo-Pak Cuisine welcomes patrons into its world of Indian-Pakistani fare seven days a week. Diners sit atop wooden chairs as they devour meals ranging from kebabs to curries, all aptly paired with tandoori-baked naan. Art lines the dining area's walls, and a mounted flat-screen TV gives patrons somewhere to show off their channel-changing psychic powers. The BYOB eatery's chefs also prepare feasts for special occasions, which can be celebrated in the restaurant's private event space or catered to another location.
In business since 1959, Rudy’s Subs specializes in one thing: freshly prepared subs. Of the more than 30 varieties, combos such as the cheesesteak, meatball, or ham and cheese can be ordered as half or whole subs, folded into a wheat, spinach, tomato, or plain wrap, or loaded into a slingshot and fired straight into the customer’s mouth. Rudy’s franchises span three distinct concepts—sub-only stores; stores offering subs, fries, and Vincent’s pizza; and those with a license to sell alcohol.