Pancakes, pierogies and Primanti's

Written by Gretchen McKay on

RachelRayscreen"The Rachael Ray Show" gives Pittsburgh a shout-out today, with a segment that has Cake Boss' Buddy Valastro visiting three city restaurants.

The New Jersey baker starts his culinary tour at Pamela's Diner in the Strip District, where he samples (and helps make) a plate of its crepe-like hotcakes, stuffed to the brim with fresh strawberries, sour cream and brown sugar. "So good," he exclaims. "That's how you do hotcakes, Pittsburgh style!"

Then it's on to Lawrenceville's The Church Brew Works, baby, for a taste of the microbrewery's famed pierogi pizza. It also gets a resounding thumbs-up.  

"The garlic ... forget about it!" he says after stuffing a cheesy wedge in his mouth. "You got good pizza here, chef."

That's followed -- you guessed it -- by a trip to Primanti Bros.' original location on 18th Street in the Strip. Again, no surprise here that he loved it. 

"You gotta open one in New Jersey, come on!" he tells Toni Haggerty, who's been making sure customers get everything they expect for almost 40 years. In Mr. Valastro's case, that was a thick sandwich made with Black Angus top sirloin, sweet sausage, pastrami and roast beef. 

The tastiest part of the segment, though, is when Rachael, who appeared at the Settlers Ridge Barnes & Noble in Robinson in June to promote her latest cookbook, "The Book of Burger," declares our beloved 'Burgh a city worth visiting. 

"I love Pittsburgh. It's a great food city," she tells the studio audience, as Mr. Valastro nods in agreement. "I have such a great time there, and the people are fantastic."

Aw, we love ya, too, Rach! 

You can watch the video here

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