Historically Rooted Eatery Opens in Market Square

Plus, an unassuming establishment in Bridgeville serves tasty mixed drinks.

Historically rooted eatery opens in Market Square

The Primanti Bros. owners livened up another section of Market Square in September with the opening of Diamond Market Bar & Grill. Although sandwiches are on the menu, the coleslaw and French fries are traded for toppings like caramelized onions and a house-made white bean spread. Director of operations Marc Teklinski,who has been with Primanti Bros. for 12 years, described it as “a whole different ballgame.” Diamond Market is a “full-service restaurant with chef-inspired food and classic cocktails where you can spend a good time with friends and family from start to finish with appetizers, entrees and great desserts,” Teklinski says. The new restaurant’s history dates back even further than Primanti’s—to the early 1900s. An open public marketplace connected the people of Pittsburgh with fresh goods, and the Diamond Market Lunch Room served them amongst the bustle. The eatery brings back that 1930s-1940s feel; black-and-white photographs from early Pittsburgh are displayed on the walls, linking past with present. But enough about the background, let’s get to the juicy stuff: the menu.

While it features “two-fisted” Angus burgers and in-house smoked pork, chicken and turkey, executive chef Clare Lise added some lighter eats to the “manly meats” with detailed starters, salads and alternative patties: a vegetarian option, made with black beans and corn, and Lise’s personal creation, the seared tuna burger, with pickled cucumbers and roasted red peppers. Additionally, the macaroni & cheese (pictured) was delectable: cheddar, Gruyere and Pepper Jack cheeses melted over a heaping portion of cavatappi pasta, loaded with bacon and a tinge of spice and truffle oil. Just to be clear, that’s on the “starter” section of the menu.   

(430 Market Square, downtown. Hours: Sun.–Thurs., 11 a.m.–10 p.m.; Fri.–Sat., 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Info: 412/325-2000, diamondmarketgrill.com)
—Richelle Szypulski, PM Editorial Intern

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A few spots to visit for post-parade grub
If you're always looking for cost-effective, family-friendly ways to spend your weekend, then chances are you’re heading to Bloomfield's 26th annual Columbus Day Parade tomorrow. Why not make a day of it and take advantage of the many Italian establishments Bloomfield has to offer? Here are three nearby eateries you can visit after the parade for some top-notch grub.

Del’s Bar and Bistro: This Italian bistro is known for its hand-tossed, traditional and gourmet pizzas. If that’s not your thing, Del’s also offers a variety of staple Italian dishes as well as a fully stocked bar. Ask about the weekly specials and, weather permitting, dine al fresco.

(4428 Liberty Ave.; 412/683-1448, delsrest.com)

Donatelli’s Italian Food Center: Not looking for a sit-down meal? Grab some traditional Italian food to take home. Donatelli’s features an in-store bakery and deli as well as a wide variety of meatballs, ravioli and sauces—all you need for a home-cooked Italian feast.

(4711 Liberty Ave.; 412/682-1406, donatellisitalianfood.com)

Grasso Roberto Café: Thinking dessert? The Grasso Roberto Café has you covered with its wide and unique selection of gelato and Italian ice. Go traditional with flavors like pistachio and hazelnut, or, if you’re feeling adventurous, check out some of the more eclectic flavors like lemon ginger or spaghetti (believe it or not).

(4709 Liberty Ave.; 412/818-2584, grassoroberto.com)

To learn more about Bloomfield, check out the neighborhood's entry in our 2011 City Guide issue.
—Rob McCoy, PM Editorial Intern

Unassuming establishment serves tasty mixed drinks

From the outside, Sauce looks like a tiny bar that would only be frequented by locals who happen to stumble upon it; after all, it's located on a corner in a sleepy part of Bridgeville. Once inside, however, it's clear that the small joint is surprisingly lively—and is staffed by talented mixologists. Rather than ordering an imported beer or fruity martini, your best bet is to select one of the "frozen drinks a la Sauce." Having a sweet tooth, Eat Street chose the mudslide and was pleasantly surprised. Made with creamy vanilla ice cream, Baileys, Kahlua and Three Olives Vanilla Vodka, the drink is topped with a cherry and whipped cream—just to add to the heavenliness. Despite all its ingredients, Sauce's mudslide isn't overwhelmingly sweet. When you've finished your beverage, move on to another treat: a slice of decadent chocolate-raspberry layer cake.  

(Sauce, 500 Washington Pike, Bridgeville. Info: 412/221-2300, saucepgh.com)
—Kristina Martin, PM Assistant Editor

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