Intimate wine bar in a historic firehouse
Every weekend, this natural wine bar turns into the spot for scoring an elevated brunch, with an ever-changing list of offerings that leans heavily on the savory side. Hearty dishes like smoked salmon Benedicts and rock shrimp & grits are the stars of the show, but you’d be remiss not to snag a plate of Bar Marco’s bomboloni: fresh-made sugared donuts with dipping sauces that change seasonally, like bourbon caramel and lemon curd. And, with one of the best wine programs in the city, there’s no excuse not to have a glass (or two) of vino while you’re there.
Hybrid café, deli, and restaurant that serves seriously good Italian specialties
DiAnoia’s Eatery is one of our city’s most unique spaces. Equal parts deli, bar, restaurant, and bakery, the all-day Italian spot serves everything from house-made linguine with clams and zeppole donuts to porchetta-stacked panini and steak Florentine -- not to mention the incredibly indulgent gnocchi bowls. The Sunday brunch program combines the best elements of the restaurant’s offerings into one menu. You’ll find Italian-inspired comfort foods like veal Parmesan with a sunny-side-up egg and a side of spaghetti, and panettone French toast drenched in maple syrup. Plus, DiAnoia’s in-house bakery churns out those piping-hot zeppole like they’re going out of style. Word to the wise: If the Nutella panzerotti (fried dough stuffed with Nutella) is on the menu, get it.
A restaurant incubator with four concepts and a local-based bar
You’ll find four restaurant concepts (and a great bar) under one roof at Pittsburgh’s original restaurant incubator Smallman Galley, which means that no matter how picky your entourage is, everyone will find something they love. The incubator’s current crop of restaurants at this shared space include Iron Born (Detroit-style pizza), BA-CO (Latin American street style food), Home (comfort food with Southern flavor), brunoise (elevated upscale American food), Colonia (a Latin-American concept) and Banhmilicious (serving Vietnamese fusion), all offering brunch specialties on the weekends.