Home of the Steel City's famous "Roethlisburger" sandwich, a monster sub packed with ground beef, hot sausage, fried onions, scrambled egg, and american cheese ($7.26), Peppi’s creates a savory collection of sandwiches, from cheese steaks to burgers to chicken breasts. Scope the menu for everything from The Wiz, a 6-ounce cheese steak with grilled mushrooms and onions ($7.15), to the Santucci, “a delectably messy sandwich” with extra italian beef, cheese, and both hot and grilled peppers ($6.25). Peppi’s nestles each juicy ingredient on a springy 10-inch bed of Mike & Dave’s italian bread, which holds together the confluence of ingredients like a beaver dam manages to contain a rushing tide of nacho cheese.
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+).
By channeling the many famous Andrew's of Pittsburgh—Carnegie, Mellon, and Warhol, to name a few—the chefs of Andrew's Steak & Seafood add a touch of genius to every dish they craft. One of five restaurants located inside Rivers Casino, Andrew's has gleaned numerous OpenTable Diners' Choice Awards for its gourmet Steaks and Seafood selections, such as the signature 21-day-aged New York strip and the hollandaise-drenched oysters Rockefeller. The wine list has also attracted attention, earning Wine Enthusiast magazine's Award of Unique Distinction for its selection of 200+ varietals hailing from throughout the globe.
Near the peak of Mount Washington sits a small and unassuming Tudor building. Aged wooden crossbeams hug its stucco walls, lending it the appearance of a solitary cottage that would not look out of place in the Pennsylvanian countryside. The Georgetowne Inn, however, is not as rural as its exterior might suggest. Its windows look out on a view of the Pittsburgh skyline—that twinkling mass of buildings that rises from the intersection of the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers.
This dramatic view of downtown Pittsburgh meets its culinary match in specialties such as broiled mushroom caps stuffed with lumps of crab and tender filet mignon topped with slow-melting maître d'hôtel butter. These tender entrees lead into desserts of pecan ball and peach melba—the latter of which was named for opera singer Nellie Melba, whose high-pitched soprano could famously split open the stone seed of a peach.
The chefs of Lunardi's Ristorante bring the flavors of Sicily and Milan across the Atlantic to top plates of succulent meats and pastas with parmigiana, pesto, and marsala sauces. Their creations add pops of color to white marble-topped tables that, along with the dining room’s art-covered walls, impart a feeling of being well taken care of before a waiter even sidles up to the table.
For $16, you get a dozen wings (up to a $10 value), two sandwiches or burgers (up to a $16 value), and one hour of pool (a $6 value; up to a $32 total value). For $27, you get two dozen wings (up to a $17 value), four sandwiches or burgers (up to a $32 value), and one hour of pool (a $6 value; up to a $55 total value).