As I mentioned last week, I love to travel. If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram you will often see me posting photos of my travels around the country and sometimes around the globe! There are just so many exciting places right here in the U.S. that are on my list to visit and I had the opportunity to check one of them off recently when I paid a visit to Pittsburgh. For a while now I have been hearing people talk about Pittsburgh and all of the things that the city has to offer. Leading up to the trip I was really excited to experience a new city, so I packed my schedule full with all sorts of fun activities and food.
Today I’m going to share a brief overview of the city with you and I have two other posts planned that talk about a couple of individual experiences that I had while there. If you have not yet had the chance to visit Pittsburgh I would highly recommend planning a 2-3 day visit to check it out!
First, I want to talk about a little bit history from the city. Pittsburgh is situated on the west end of Pennsylvania and has been known for many years as the ‘Steel City’ because of the more than 300 steel related businesses that reside there. It is also know as the ‘City of Bridges’ because of the more than 446 bridges located around the city. I’m pretty sure I crossed about 445 of them!
My husband and I stayed over in the East Liberty district, which is an up and coming area, at the Hotel Indigo. The hotel is fairly new and features stylish rooms, a business center, fitness facility and free WiFi! I loved that the hotel featured touches of the historic neighborhood including theater, entertainment and charitable heritage. The beds were comfortable and plush, we had a nice sitting area, in-room coffee and a huge bathroom. I love that the price of this hotel did not break the bank and provided a comfortable stay while we were in the Pittsburgh area.
One of the areas that we had heard so much about was the Strip District. This area is located right along the Allegheny River and features a variety of delicious restaurants, shops and housing. The area is known for their wholesale shops from back in the day and you can visit many of them still including Penn Avenue Fish and the Pennsylvania Macaroni Company. The Pennsylvania Macaroni Company made me want to collect a picnic basket filled with meats, cheese and wine and find a park to relax! This area is also home to the original Primanti Bros. restaurant, where you always get fries ON your sandwich!
I was most excited to visit Lidia’s Pittsburgh because I have been to her other restaurants in New York and Kansas City. If you’re not familiar with Lidia Bastianich is an Italian-born chef, author, celebrity and restaurateur. And her food is amazing. She offers an amazing menu of delicious Italian food in all of her restaurants and one of my favorite things is the Pasta Tasting Trio option. Each night they offer 3 homemade pasta dishes, brought around in steaming hot pans, served table-side. And….you can eat as much of it as you want! I always get this option because it allows me to try many flavors while I’m dining. Shawn opted for the Gnocchi with Braised Duck Ragu, which is one of his favorite dishes. Overall the meal was amazing and topped off perfectly with tiramisu!