Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Foodie Scene in 'Burgh Gets National Nod

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Foodie Scene in 'Burgh Gets National Nod

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Pittsburgh's evolving food scene is finally getting some national attention. On Monday, Livability.com ranked Pittsburgh as third in the country among its "Top 10 Foodie Cities," behind Coral Gables, Fla., and Omaha, Neb.

Livability.com, a subsidiary of the Franklin, Tenn.-based Journal Communications, is a company that explores small to mid-sized cities for marketing purposes.

The remainder on the top 10 list, in order, are Duluth, Minn; Rockville, Md.; Bellevue, Wash.; Stamford, Conn.; Tempe, Ariz.; Burlington, Vt.; and Walnut Creek, Calif.

The recognition comes on the heels of restaurant and food purveyor shoutouts this month from industry-must read, Eater National, as well as T Magazine online in The New York Times. Last year, Bon Appetit magazine named Pittsburgh "The Next Big Food Town."

Editors of Livability.com cited Primanti Bros., Cafe Du Jour on the South Side and Gaucho Parrilla Argentina in the Strip District as restaurants offering a range of dining experiences that have garnered national attention.

"These restaurants along with many others play a big part in what makes the city attractive to companies like Google and help draw in talented young professionals," they said.

Residents new to Pittsburgh said they're "surprised" by the local food scene. Aaron Hoskins, the new chef de cuisine at Cure in Lawrenceville, moved here from Richmond, Va., in May. He noted that Richmond is a comparable-sized city that is well-known as a food town. "From the outside, Pittsburgh is relatively unknown," he said. "It seems like just now people are hearing about it, and like me, they are impressed."

Dennis Marron, the executive chef of The Commoner in the Kimpton's Hotel Monaco, Downtown, cited the housing market, the rise of tech firms and other press that is bringing "new eyes" to Pittsburgh. "As I uncover cool coffee shops, as I find things at Penn Mac in the Strip or buy meats from Parma Sausage, I'm recognizing how much I have yet to discover," said Mr. …

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