The kitchen staff at Giuseppe's Cafe draws on the age-old culinary traditions of southern Italy using family recipes. The tasty results take form in al dente pastas, flaky fish, and succulent meats. In addition to the classics, nine signature foccacia flatbreads are smothered in everything from sausages to shrimp.
But Italian cuisine isn't the bistro's only specialty. American staples such as fish and chips and baby-back ribs are delivered to diners, who can enjoy an outdoor patio in warmer months. To foster a sense of community, this setting also hosts live entertainment at Sunday pig roasts.
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.
At Asian Picnic BBQ Buffet, diners gather around each table's personal hibachi grill to cook succulent meats and self-assemble meals infused with the flavors of Korea, Japan, and China. Culinary explorers can meander through a sprawling buffet line to fill their plates and travel suitcases with meats, seafood, veggies, and sauces before cooking personal creations back at their tables. Alternatively, the kitchen prepares predesigned Asian classics including crispy sesame chicken, sushi, and beef curry. Rich purple tones surround patrons as they relax inside cushy booths and debate whether chopsticks or tongs are best for a TV antenna impression.
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.