Nightlife: Our Favorite Tapas Spots
Summer is the perfect time to eat light and fresh at these local hotspots.
Seviche photo by Dawn Biery
Summer has arrived, and there’s no better time for tapas. Pittsburgh has plenty of stellar spots where the décor is lavish, the crowd is lively and the flavors are exquisite. Here are a few favorites:
This downtown jewel combines Asian and Latin cuisines for a Nuevo Latino experience, and you couldn’t ask for a tastier fusion. True to its name, the ceviche bar offers radical variations on the Latin specialty (think Cuban sushi roll) while the regular bar offers some of the most enticing bebidas in town. Start with the renowned happy hour and see where the evening takes you.
Not only is Ibiza an atmospheric tapas and wine bar in the heart of South Side, but this beloved establishment also boasts a generous patio. As the neighboring sister restaurant of Mallorca, Ibiza specializes in small plates such as grilled salmon and octopus in vinaigrette, plus wine pairings.
In Portuguese, “Bossa Nova” means “new trend.” Like tapas itself, Bossa Nova is no longer a novelty in Pittsburgh; now, it’s a pillar of fashionable dining. The establishment’s vast interior showcases tasteful design and beautiful artwork. Equally artful is the menu, which combines traditional fare with the inventive (chicken cupcakes, anyone?).
Market Square has two prime seasons: winter, when the Christmas tree twinkles, and summer, when the renovated Square is an inviting spot for an evening stroll. Perlé’s balcony offers a beautiful view to go along with the smoked salmon, duck rillettes and various crepes. Prep before you go: Perlé has a formal dress code.
Pittsburgh Independent Film Festival
Never before has Pittsburgh housed so many filmmakers. Sure, we’ve hosted our fair share of Hollywood studios, but indie directors are sprouting up everywhere. It was only natural that an independent film fest would debut last year. This revue of shorts, documentaries and features was so successful that “IndieFest” is back for round two. Catch this three-day screening at its new location in the Ryan Event Center, and watch brand-new flicks from across the city and around the world.
(420 Chartiers Ave., McKees Rocks; pghindie.com)