Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Tastes of the City Food Tours of South Side, Squirrel Hill to Debut

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Tastes of the City Food Tours of South Side, Squirrel Hill to Debut

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'Burgh Bits & Bites Food Tours is launching a tour of the South Side, one of several new food tours around town.

The company already runs regular tours of the Strip District, as well as Brookline, Bloomfield, Lawrenceville and the North Side.

Owner Sylvia McCoy decided to add South Side after visiting friends at Zoltun Design on Bedford Square and learning that the building once housed the Yost Produce Co. It has a tunnel that was used to deliver produce and eggs to the South Side Market House, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Taking a walk, Ms. McCoy discovered Tootie's Famous Italian Beef on South 16th Street and met the owner, Karl Horn, while trying a sandwich. Continuing on down Carson Street, she got a shake at the Milk Shake Factory, some dolmades (stuffed grape leaves) at the Mediterranean Market and sampled a giant slice of pizza at Benny Fierro's.

She grazed the trail, and a tour was born. It will also include stops at Le Petit Chocolate and S&S Candy & Cigar Co. and will cost $39 per person on Fridays starting June 10. Ms. McCoy will do a practice run on Tuesday for a 20 percent discount - $32.80 per person. For more details, visit http://burghfoodtour.com.

'Burgh Bits & Bites also is working with Bike the Burgh Tours to do a first-time bicycle food tour of Lawrenceville and Millvale. The 'Burgh, Bites & Bikes tour will run from 2 to 4 p.m. June 4 and include tastings of Greek spanakopita, pierogies, local chocolate and a Croatian pastry in honor of the famous Maxo Vanka murals at St. Nicholas Croatian Catholic Church. It starts at the Healthy Ride station at 4200 Butler St. in Lawrenceville, where attendees can rent bikes. Cost is $45.

Ms. McCoy says that tour could become a regular one, as she enjoys partnering with Bike the Burgh owner Valentina Scholar. …

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