Under the sprawling roof of First Niagara Pavilion, music greats such as Billy Joel, Rush, and Jimmy Buffett have all taken over the stage as fans throughout the amphitheater space watch, transfixed. Whether enjoying the show from the open-air pavilion or the verdant lawn, concertgoers demonstrate their love for the performers by dancing along to the music or holding up lighters engraved with the lead singer’s astrological sign.
Ovens at Gianni's Pizza & Wings melt the cheese and bake the crusts of specialty or custom-designed pizzas as cooks coat wings in 34 flavors of sauce and spice. They adorn bacon-cheeseburger pizzas with three types of cheese, bacon, and ground beef and philly steak pies with steak, green peppers, and onions to fill in the large cracks ringing them like the Liberty Bell. Crusty strombolis and calzones surround steak, mushrooms, and A-1 sauce or vegetables and cheese, and toasted hoagies sport gyro meat and meatballs with red sauce.
The scents of oven-baked pizzas and Philadelphia steak hoagies waft through the air at Paparazzi Pizzeria, where guests can settle in for a relaxed meal in the dining room or take their Italian favorites to go. Specialty pies, such as the Brooklyn Square, which holds cheese baked beneath its housemade sauce, are all dressed in fresh dough and sauce before they slip into the oven. Paparazzi Pizzeria’s BYOB policy lets guests to bring their own refreshments to enliven birthday dinners or tomato-sauce-chugging contests
The skilled aestheticians at Aniko's Hungarian Skin Care and Spa tend to the skin, hair, and soul with a variety of beautifying services. Nourish the face without bathing it in a bowl of goulash with the restorative 30-minute Light Me Up facial, which employs Éminence organic skin products to exfoliate, massage, mask, and moisturize vexed visages (a $50 value). Dried-out pouts can soak in the three-step lip treatment, which refines the kissers with fruit enzymes, hydrates them with an extra-rich mask, and plumps each with a minty collagen balm. A brow wax tidies and shapes over-eye arches, resulting in refined looks of surprise when cast as the face double for an incredulous movie star (a $25 value).
While boasting a new owner and new look, Schmidt's Tavern still serves up a 78-year old tradition of simple American suds complemented by a hearty, homestyle bill of fare. Under the glow of big-screen televisions showcasing the season's sports, diners are invited to boldly bite into the Big burger ($6.50), which can transform into a Schmidt's mushroom-topped Deluxe with the wave of a magic wand or pinky finger. The restaurant's chefs hand-bread two cod fillets for their famous large-fish dinner, which is accompanied by fry and coleslaw chaperons ($13). Whether munching midday or in the evening, patrons might also choose to fill their plate and palate with Schmidt's reuben sandwich, which binds corned beef, swiss, sauerkraut, and thousand island dressing ($7) as surely as sisterhood binds ballerinas with the same brand of velcro kneepads.
The Sewickley Cafe offers a menu of elegantly prepared, traditional American fare. Begin your gustatory odyssey with truffle French fries ($7.50), savory grilled lamb chops partnered with a choice of mint demi-glace or pomegranate glaze ($15.95), or mini crabcakes ($10.95) from the shrunken seas of Microtopia. For the main event, pick from among a bevy of pastas, including mushroom ravioli with tomato, leeks, and gorgonzola cream ($17.95), or opt for chicken saltimbocca stuffed with fontina cheese and prosciutto ($19.95). Like the rescue dogs of the French Alps, rib-eye ($26.95) and bone-in strip steaks ($28.95) can arrive sporting Burgundy mushrooms, lobster scampi, or gorgonzola cream.