A Taste of Market Square

Written by Gretchen McKay on

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Market Square in the last few years has re-established itself as The Place To Be Downtown, which creates something of a happy problem for Pittsburgh diners.

Should dinner include seafood jambalaya and a Sazarac from the New Orleans-inspired NOLA on the Square, or a mammoth gourmet burger and shot of whiskey at Winghart's? Or maybe you'd rather go Italian at Sienna Sulla Piazza or the newly opened Il Pizzaiolo.

Decisions, decisions. 

Unless, of course, you decide to sample it all.

From 2 to 5 p.m. on Sat., April 13, the inaugural "Taste of Market Square" event will showcase culinary creations from some of the city's oldest and newest restaurants situated on or near the historic city square. 

In addition to food from all the eateries mentioned above, attendees will get to sample signature dishes from more than a dozen others, including Bluebird Kitchen, Allegheny City Smokehouse and Las Velas Mexican Restaurant. The Original Oyster House, which opened in 1870, and Primanti Bros., a Pittsburgh tradition since 1933, also will be representing. 

Tickets, which cost $50 per person (children ages 10 and under are free) must be purchased by 6 p.m. Fri., April 12, by calling 1-888-718-4253 or online here. A limited number will be available the day of by visiting the check-in location at Dollar Bank, 225 Forbes Ave. 

Proceeds will support the PNC YMCA on Fifth Ave. and the Market Square lunchtime summer concert series sponsored by Market Square Merchants Association

Photos, clockwise from top left: NOLA on the Square, Diamond Market, Allegheny City Smokehouse, Las Velas Mexican Restaurant

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