Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Heinz Field Garnishes Its Menu Franco's Italian Army Gridiron Sausages Lead the Way

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Heinz Field Garnishes Its Menu Franco's Italian Army Gridiron Sausages Lead the Way

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Steelers fans must be feeling pretty good about the 2016 season after last Monday's blowout of the Washington Redskins.

At Sunday's home opener against the Cincinnati Bengals, the faithful will have something else to twirl their Terrible Towels in the air for: some kicked-up food options at Heinz Field. Aramark is dishing up more than a dozen new menu items at the North Shore stadium, and not just in the more exclusive club and suite levels.

You'll still be able to wrap your hands around a Primanti's, of course, or get a bucket of Quaker Steak wings. But how does a Pot Roast Potato Stak grab you? This shareable dish ($15) available on the main concourse is the Pittsburgh version of poutine - a mound of french fries topped with housemade pot roast, gravy and shredded cheddar. To paraphrase presidential candidate Donald Trump, it's yuge.

Fans also will be able to go Mexican with an Al Pastor Street Bowl ($9.75) that pairs shredded pork with pineapple, jalapeno and queso fresco; pig out on a Big Porky sandwich ($12) featuring a breaded pork cutlet topped with sliced hot pork sausage, fresh mozzarella and marinara; or heat it up with a Nashville Spicy Chicken Sandwich ($9) topped with dill pickle and black pepper-lemon mayo.

Other new eats have a hometown connection. In the Ford Fan Zone, Steelers legend Franco Harris has teamed up with the park's food and beverage provider to offer his signature Parks Sausages in five sandwiches ($10-$12). They're being billed as Franco's Italian Army Gridiron Sausages, and serve as an homage to the many Italian-American fans who were among Mr. Harris' biggest supporters in the 1970s.

"When you think of stadium food, you think of hand-held foods, and what better hand-held food is there than sausage?" Mr. Harris asked Thursday in the field's Hyundai Club.

When approached by the Steelers to collaborate, the Hall of Famer didn't hesitate. "It's great to be part of the food scene here, and Scott's done a great job," he said.

That'd be Scott Walton, the Chicago native who's starting his second full season as executive chef for Aramark at Heinz Field. He and his staff started planning the 2016 menu at the end of January. …

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