At Storms Restaurant, diners can customize their own pasta by picking farfalle, penne, cappellini, or linguini noodles immersed in the customer's choice of sauce, such as plum-tomato-basil cream sauce or classic marinara. Guests can dig into classic Italian eats such as veal parmesan inside a spacious, 130-seat dining room, which can comfortably host large family gatherings or the world series of musical chairs. On Thursdays, diners can pluck stuffed banana peppers and assorted starters from an appetizer buffet at the bar, which touts a robust wine list and a selection of more than a dozen beers.
A party just isn't a party until someone recites "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" in a top hat shaped like a beer mug. With today's hard-partying Groupon, $15 gets you get $30 worth of party supplies and Pittsburgh-themed merchandise at the legendary Mike Feinberg Company in the heart of the Strip District.
Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh delights children with hands-on learning and interactive exhibits that allow kids to interact with real stuff and do things they wouldn't normally do, such as hammer a nail, build a circuit, and ink a silkscreen. The museum welcomes nearly 250,000 visitors annually, encouraging them to explore its interactive permanent-exhibit areas, which include The Studio, Theater, Waterplay, Nursery, Backyard, and MAKESHOP.
MAKESHOP invites young minds and hands to tinker with sewing machines, woodworking, and electronics. Kids craft boats and build fountains in the nearby Waterplay exhibit, and in the Studio they form clay, paint portraits, and create paper from recycled-newspaper pulp. Infants, toddlers, and their families can play in the Nursery, where they build wooden train systems and then roll their trains around, comb colored sand with hand tools atop lighted tables, and ride a seesaw whose motion generates water bubbles.
The museum’s award-winning, three-story center building is screened by a shimmering wind sculpture and connects two historic structures—the Allegheny post office building and the Buhl Building. In 2006, it became a certified green building and was honored by the American Institute of Architects and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. In 2011, the museum was named one of the 10 Best Children’s Museums in the nation by Parents magazine.
The Penn Brewery’s restaurant menu features a wide selection of European dishes and German-style craft beers. Step into a dining room draped with flags, where you can enjoy foods such as traditional pierogi, schnitzel, and wurst, or try flatbreads and sandwiches. Their beer selection features 19 seasonally-rotating libations which have been honored at events like The Great American Beer Festival and the World Beer Cup Alternatively, guests can sit amid the cobblestone walls of the biergarten to raise a few glasses of Penn Brewery’s signature beers and watch bottles of beer as they blossom on the vine.
W.G. Grinders stoppers watering mouths with a made-from-scratch menu of Italian-inspired classics and more than 20 baked sandwiches. Sharpen incisors on a sirloin-steak grinder’s crispy sourdough ($5.50 for 6 in.) as its peppers and provolone soften hunger pangs. The kitchen salutes France with the chicken cordon bleu ($5.75 for 6 in.), lining a Gallic baguette roll with gourmet ham and swiss. Penne alfredo ($7.95) brims with earthy sustenance such as broccoli and pine nuts, and a panoply of pizzas delights fans of round objects, preventing them from devouring their pocket change.