Pittsburgh Restaurant Week offers new places with no reservation options

Pittsburgh Restaurant Week has something for every diner, says director Brian McCollum.

For those interested in trying a new eatery, there are a number of first-timers at the event, which starts on Monday.

For indecisive diners, the website offers a restaurant roulette that will choose a place at random.

For last-minute planners, many dining options do not require reservations.

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For those who don’t think one week is enough to take advantage of dining deals, many restaurants are extending their deals for a second week.

The restaurant’s official summer week dates are Monday through August 14. Many of the deals will run through August 21, as indicated on the website with an orange “Two Weeks” icon next to the restaurant’s name.

It’s all about giving people more options and more flexibility, McCollum said.

“We usually focus on making reservations and planning ahead, which we definitely encourage people to do, but there are some places that don’t take reservations and will specifically cater for walk-ins,” he said. “If you’re looking for a place to go and you haven’t planned ahead, you can look at the list of entry places and say, ‘Let’s go there.’

“You don’t have to pick an exact time, you can just show up.”

The maximum price for the featured menu is $40.22 for a two- to four-course meal. All participants offer dinner, and some include a lunch option.

Summer Restaurant Week typically features lighter fare than the winter event, McCollum said. Many places also focus on locally grown produce and other local products.

Menus include everything from budget burgers and sandwiches to upscale steaks and seafood.

First time participants

Among the early visitors to Restaurant Week is Piada Italian Street Food, a Columbus, Ohio-based chain with 45 locations in seven states. Piada has five new locations in the Pittsburgh area – East Liberty, North Hills, Oakland, Robinson and South Hills.

All five offer a do-it-yourself lunch or dinner option for two, priced at $20.22. Each diner chooses a pasta or salad and adds protein, toppings, dressing and a fountain drink. The meal is finished with a bag of crunchy cannoli chips tossed in powdered sugar and served with chocolate cannoli cream.

“Piada is really bringing something new to Pittsburghers—a fast, casual approach to Italian food with fresh ingredients,” said Katie Bergman, community marketing coordinator for Piada. “Piada was created with the belief that you don’t have to sacrifice quality and taste for speed and value.

“We opened our first restaurant, Piada, in 2010 with the mission of creating fresh, modern Italian food focused on the preparation of high-quality ingredients and attention to simplistic cooking,” she said. “Today’s consumers are looking for healthier, higher quality food with convenient and fast delivery to accommodate their busy lifestyles.”

Other first-timers include Sullivan’s Steakhouse in downtown Pittsburgh, Tupelo Honey in Station Square and Getaway Bar & Grill in Brooklyn.

Texas de Brazil in Station Square, which serves meats grilled in the Portuguese churrasco style, is back for the first time since the pandemic halted, McCollum said.

McCollum advises interested diners to keep checking the Restaurant Week website at pittsburghrestaurantweek.com as locations and menus continue to be added.

Shirley McMarlin is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Shirley can be reached by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .