What We're Eating: Grilled Cinnamon Buns at Kelly O's

Plus, Kaya Fest brings a tropical block party to the Strip and Six Penn Kitchen offers gluten-free pizza.

Banana Cream French Toast at Kelly O's Diner

Kelly O's grills up sweet morning treat
For those who are always in search of a good cinnamon bun, read on to learn about something way better than Pillsbury. At Kelly O's Diner, the kitchen crew decided to do something others might not have contemplated: grill cinnamon buns. A homemade bun from Oram's is shaped and then sliced in half. Cooks place it on a griddle and end up with a soft, warm bun with caramelized sugar that’s cooked perfectly even throughout. Be sure to get one with freshly squeezed orange juice or a cup of java the next time you're wandering around the Strip on a weekend morning. You can thank us later.

(Kelly O's Diner: Strip District and North Hills; kellyos.com)
— Kristina Martin, PM Associate Editor

Six Penn offers gluten-free pizza for Celiac Awareness Month
We detailed some of the city's finest pizza spots in our November cover story. But few spots offer piping-hot pies without gluten-filled crusts. In honor of National Celiac Awareness month, Six Penn Kitchen is spreading the word about its gluten-free pizza. An off-menu item, the individual-sized pizza is crafted by bakers using SPK’s pizza recipe, just with a special flour blend. Patrons can order the pie all month long and request any topping available for regular pies, including pepperoni and mushroom.

(Six Penn Kitchen, 146 Sixth St., downtown; sixpennkitchen.com)
— K.M.

Kaya Fest takes over the Strip
This Memorial Day weekend, the tastes and sounds of the Caribbean will blend together during the 15th annual Kaya Fest. On Sunday, this tropical block party will take over 20th street with live music and grilled specialties from the restaurant’s menu.

This year's lineup of musical acts will give you plenty of excuses to dance through the streets. Leading the live performances, beginning at 5:30 p.m., will be Pete Bush and Hoi Polloi.

Also demanding your attention is Kaya’s traditional pig roast — which supplies meat for the famous "pig plate", including slow-cooked pork, braised greens and black-eyed peas. Other features on the al fresco menu are jerked chicken skewers, soft tacos with your choice of filling, Kaya dogs and frozen chocolate-covered bananas. Want your favorite Kaya dish? Head inside, where the full menu will be offered.

(Kaya Fest 2013, 200 Smallman St., Strip District; Sunday, 5-11 p.m.; 412/261-6565, bigburrito.com/kaya)
— Abby Maddigan, PM Editorial Intern


Photo by Laura Petrilla

Sienna Sulla Piazza is 'Best New Restaurant'
Chef Matthew Porco wins our hearts again with his perfect Italian-inspired fare at Sienna Sulla Piazza (Italian for “Sienna about the square”). With a relaxed, fun vibe and cool amber lighting, the bar scene at our Best New Restaurant rocks — but it’s the food that stands out. Find Italian classics featuring Porco’s sophisticated touch, such as the osso bucco or handmade ravioli with clams.

“We are having fun with Italian food,” says Porco.  “I would encourage people to try my signature short ribs or any of the things we make a special effort to do in-house — curing our pancetta or making fresh Mozzarella, sausages and homemade pastas.”

Read our list of 2013 Best Restaurants, which includes 34 top local spots. Plus don’t miss special award winners, editors’ choice selections and readers’ poll honorees.

(Sienna Sulla Piazza, 22 Market Square, downtown; 412/281-6363, siennapgh.com)
— Valentina, PM Restaurant Critic

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