Casting off its gritty, industrial reputation, Pittsburgh has become something of a hub for artists, techies, and food enthusiasts.
The city’s new look is best showcased in the East End, where a long-awaited Ace Hotel (doubles from $199) opens in December. One block over, on South Highland Avenue, former attorney Tony Giaramita serves Roman-style pies at Pizza Taglio (pizzas $12–$15). The Greenpointer, made with chili-infused honey and soppressata, is a standout.
Next door, at the Twisted Frenchman (entrées $28–$35), modern French cooking gets a decadent spin in dishes like lamb chops wrapped in lamb sausage. Northwest on Butler Street, the Row House Cinema is a late-night hangout that screens cult classics and old-school blockbusters under weekly themes like “Bill Murray” and “Surrealism.” The adjoining Bierport offers 19 draft beers—all of which are allowed in the theater. For a late-night snack, head to Morcilla, the latest venture from local chef Justin Severino, who serves Spanish classics like house-made morcilla (blood sausage), montaditos (mini open-faced sandwiches), and mouthwatering jamón.