Eat + Drink is Pop City’s weekly glance at the lastest happenings in the food scene in Pittsburgh.
A new bar on Carson Street? This one has a twist.
, a new rooftop bar and lounge space located at 1601 East Carson Street, opened last week.
The seventh venture from Adam DiSimone’s AMPD Group, Skybar boasts Pittsburgh’s first-ever rooftop bar and swimming pool, four private rentable cabanas, and food delivery from sister restaurant Local.
The rooftop pool is open during the bar’s daylight hours, and at night, is covered by a transparent platform, making it part of the lounge area.
Skybar is open to the public, but requires either a ticket or reservation on weekends. Ticket prices for varying degrees of access at Skybar range between $10 and $1,000. DeSimone says there won't be a cover on weekdays, but there's only one way to skip any possible lines.
"A membership guarantees you access any time you want," DeSimone says.
Taverna 19 set for mid-July opening
Pittsburgh will get a monstrous addition to its outdoor dining scene next month when Taverna 19, a Greek restaurant and bar, opens at 108 19th Street in the Strip District.
Specializing in Greek and Mediterranean fare, the 20,000-square foot spot will feature belly dancers on Wednesday through Saturday evenings and a nightclub space on its upper level, bottle service in VIP areas and walls lined with flowers and herbs grown for use in house cocktails.
Taverna 19 will also offer brunch service on Saturday and Sunday.
Stroll the Strip offers a little bit of everything
From a food standpoint, Pittsburgh has no more eclectic neighborhood than the Strip District. Tomorrow night, the second annual Stroll the Strip
event will turn the district into a neighborhood party, offering participants a chance to sample nearly all of it.
From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Stroll the Strip invites participants to wander between the event’s 20 host locations
— from Wholey Seafood to the Society for Contemporary Craft — and experience all the Strip has to offer in food, drink and art.
Participants may walk between locations or take advantage of the Pittsburgh Tour Company’s double-decker bus, which will be circulating around the area and stopping at various locations.
The evening will conclude with an after part at Cruze Bar. Tickets to Stroll the Strip are available through ShowClix
for $45, or may be purchased at the door for $55.
Randita’s Grill brings vegan fare to Saxonburg and beyond
Last May, Randy Cinski started Randita’s Grill
— a food truck specializing in vegan cuisine that popped up everywhere from Washington’s Landing to outlying towns such as Cranberry and Butler. When a storefront came open in Saxonburg earlier this year, she jumped at the opportunity to establish a permanent location.
“People were asking us to open a restaurant,” Cinski says. “It’s been jumping ever since."
Randita’s Grill, located at 210 West Main Street in Saxonburg, offers lunch and dinner service on Tuesday and Thursday, and lunch exclusively the rest of the week. When she’s not in the restaurant, Cinski is likely out with her truck, spreading the word that eating well and eating healthy are not mutually exclusive.
“I want to help people figure out how to eat healthy,” Cinski says, adding that her clientele ranges from strict vegans and organic food enthusiasts to people looking to make significant changes in their diets and lifestyles. “Sometimes, I don’t think people even realize what they’re eating is vegan,” she says.
Cinski points to BBQ seitan wraps, African peanut stew and vegan meatball sandwiches as being among her most popular items, and says that she uses local ingredients and materials wherever possible.
“That sometimes dictates my menu,” she says. “We try really hard to buy from local people, right down to our eco-friendly disposable materials.”
Writer: Matthew Wein
Sources: Becky Rodgers, Randy Cinski, Adam DeSimone