Mancini's Bread Company infuses its dough with 85 years of bread-baking expertise, helping to earn it the 2013 title of Best Bread in Pittsburgh by Pittsburgh City Paper. Owner Nick Mancini Hartner assumed the reins of the family business after learning the rules of baking from his grandfather and attending artisan bread classes at the San Francisco Baking Institute, twin educations that get baked directly into each loaf of twist bread, marble rye, and european multigrain. The popular pepperoni roll combines the family's crusty specialty with spicy pepperoni and all the transportable ease of a piano on wheels.
For more than 50 years, Beto’s Pizza has pampered Pittsburghers with a hearty menu of unconventionally prepared pizza alongside an array of hoagies. The pizzeria's signature pie-making process entails adding shredded provolone cheese and generous layers of toppings ($0.50 each) to every slice or cut ($1.25 each) after the dough and sauce have been baked. A full pizza contains 28 pizza rectangles ($34.11), each boasting an inimitable texture of hot crust and half-melted cheese that serves as an interactive alternative to tasteless geometry textbooks. For less saucy fare, patrons can try a steaming steak hoagie, capped by a layer of bubbling cheese ($5.39 for a half; $10.69 for a whole). A high-powered veggie telescope grants herbivores access to a planetary bowl of tossed salad, available with orbiting sides of fried cauliflower, mushrooms, and hot peppers ($3.89+).
Baristas at BeanThru fill drive-thru customers' morning cups with a menu of bold espresso, foamy cappuccinos, and aromatic teas. Meticulously selected beans brew into a savory black ambrosia to forge hot coffee, iced coffee, and 12 icy Chiller blends. White-chocolate mochas quench cocoa cravings with Ghirardelli chocolate and a punch of caffeine, and steamy chai lattes thaw frostbitten fingers in a duo of coffee-free flavors. Berries-and-cream protein smoothies fuel sippers with vitamin C, antioxidants, and whey protein, fusing decadence with nutrition like a broccoli-shaped gummy bear. Though not included with this Groupon, driver's-seat diners can also partake of the barista booth's range of on-the-go oatmeal, freshly baked cookies, and toasty belgian waffles.
Bruegger's bagels are created using fresh, wholesome ingredients and then kettle-boiled in the New York tradition, resulting in chewy centers with crisp outer crusts. Awaken your taste buds with a savory combination such as the rosemary olive oil bagel smothered with onion and chive cream cheese ($2.39). Or, prove yourself to be a sweetie by adopting a family of 13 bagels and washing them up and behind the ears in the two tubs of garden-veggie cream cheese in the Big Bagel Bundle ($13.99). Bruegger's deli menu is flanked by an array of breakfast sandwiches and lunch fare. Bury thoughts of the snarky snooze button with the breakfast bagel bearing an egg, melted cheese, and a choice of bacon, sausage, or ham ($3.99), or wrap your mitts around the Leonardo da Veggie lunchtime sandwich and bite into tomatoes, roasted red peppers, red onions, and muenster cheese on an asiago Softwich ($5.49).
The dessert-inspired martini list at Olive or Twist hosts a range of sweet digestifs including the cake-batter cocktail, the tiramisu martini, the chocolate-covered-pretzel martini with a salted rim, and the key-lime-pie martini. In addition to inventive mixes, Olive or Twist hosts a wide selection of craft beers, ensuring guests find the ideal beverage to compliment upscale American fare from the full kitchen. Its range of appetizers and entrees sate any size of appetite, with options such as truffle fries, housemade crab cakes, and filet mignon with peppercorn sauce. While they dine, patrons can feast eyes on the dark-mocha wood accents that lace the bar and lounge areas at Olive or Twist, offsetting the cream-hued plush seats.
The servers behind the counter at Dream Cream Ice Cream all have a dream. Some want to pay off their student loans. Others want to raise money for a charity. Each of the shop's unique flavors corresponds to a server's dreams, and each month a percentage of proceeds benefits each dreamer's declared cause. Patrons can help make dreams come true while enjoying scoops of peanut-butter-cup, cookies 'n' cream, or mint ice cream or sampling a scoop of their favorite flavor submerged in hot chocolate.