V3 Pizza Review – Cheap Flatbreads in Downtown Pittsburgh

When we are exploring downtown Pittsburgh, we often find ourselves lamenting the fact that there are not very many affordable, local restaurants.

But moments after walking in for a pizza at V3 (as guests of the restaurant), we knew we found one. The reason? All pizzas are under $10 (as of 2018)!

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Justin Severino’s Hog Butchering Demonstration at Morcilla

Most Pittsburghers know about esteemed Chef Justin Severino and his two restaurants, Cure (closed in early 2019), that featured his creative and unique charcuterie, as well as Morcilla, focusing on Spanish tapas. But did you know that Chef Severino also hosts semi-annual hog butchering demonstrations where you can take a deep dive into his world of meat curing while enjoying a multi-course meal?

We've long been fans of Severino's work and were so excited that we recently had the chance to finally enjoy one of these events at Morcilla.

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Driftwood Oven Review – Pizza Truck Turned Restaurant

Driftwood Oven was a popular Pittsburgh food truck until early 2018 when the owners decided to ditch the wagon and open a brick and mortar restaurant right in the heart of Lawrenceville.

We were always big fans of this particular pizza as, well, who could say no to mobile brick oven pizza? We were a bit bummed to find out they wouldn't be at our favorite breweries moving forward, but were also excited to see how they'd expand their pizza into a traditional restaurant concept.

They didn't disappoint.

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Cinderlands Beer Co. Review – Creative Food and Beer

Although new breweries have been popping up all over the region the past few years, a newer trend is breweries that have their own restaurants. Cinderlands Beer Co. in Lawrenceville is one such brewery/restaurant hybrid that offers creative and delicious beers with interesting small plates and entrees.

Cinderlands Beer Co. has two locations, one right on Butler St. in lower Lawrenceville and a second in the Strip District- both in really cool buildings.

While the bulk of this review is based off our visits to the Lawrenceville location, we've also enjoyed The Warehouse in the Strip District many times as well. The Lawrenceville spot features cozy wooden booths along the length of the restaurant, an upstairs seating area, an exposed brick wall with a huge Cinderlands logo painted on it, and of course, the sophisticated bar that makes you feel like you've been transported back in time.

But Cinderlands has more than just good looks. We visited shortly after they opened (and several times since) and one thing that strikes is just how interesting and good the beers are for being such a young brewery. Tea kolsch, coffee double IPA, and strawberry sour IPA are just some of the unique beers you'll find here. And although the food menu is somewhat small, we really appreciate the effort they're putting in to crafting and creating these dishes.

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The Pittsburgh Vintage Mixer – A Bi-Annual Event Full of Nostalgia

The Pittsburgh Vintage Mixer is a bi-annual event that showcases local and regional vendors selling vintage home goods, furniture, clothes, and other collectibles.

Started in 2011, this event typically takes place in the spring and fall and combines dozens of vintage vendors, DJs, drinks, and food to make one memorable and fun event.

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Ki Pollo Review – Fried Chicken and Empanadas in Lawrenceville

Ki Pollo is the brainchild of Roger Li (Umami) and Domenic Branduzzi (Piccolo Forno), and it's located in Lawrenceville right next to another establishment of theirs, Ki Ramen.

This one serves up an interesting mix of Korean style fried chicken and Argentinian empanadas.

The restaurant focuses on making everything from scratch, right down to the dipping sauces for the fried chicken. This low key BYOB spot is a perfect place for a quick bite or a takeout meal.

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Burgh’ers Review – Novel Takes on Classic Burgers

Burgh'ers is a local burger joint that began with their first location in Zelienople, PA (about 30 minutes north of the city).

I had been eating at this one for years but never had the ability to write a review. So when they opened their second location right in the heart of Lawrenceville, I knew I'd finally get my chance to share my opinion of this growing, locally sourced restaurant.

As I expected, the new location did not disappoint.

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Poulet Bleu Review – A French Dining Experience in Lawrenceville

The newest Richard DeShantz spot and the first to be located outside of downtown's Cultural District, Poulet Bleu in Lawrenceville is perhaps our favorite DeShantz endeavor yet.

The attention to detail in everything from decor to service to the food really creates a lovely and complete dining experience focused on a French theme.

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Dive Bar Review – A Modern Gastropub in Lawrenceville

Dive Bar is, in contrast with its name, a modern gastropub with three locations in the area in Lawrenceville, South Side, and Wexford. The menu features several standard bar favorites like burgers and wings but mixes it up with some twists including unique appetizers and sandwiches. They've also got a great happy hour deal which is $2 off draft beer and half off appetizers.

We visited the Lawrenceville location recently for happy hour and were pleasantly surprised at our meal. We thought Dive Bar was going to be just another mediocre bar in the sea of many in Lawrenceville, but there were a few things that set it apart.

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