Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

City's Biggest Eats to Air on 'Ginormous Food'

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

City's Biggest Eats to Air on 'Ginormous Food'

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Pittsburgh features on Food Network's "Ginormous Food" on Friday and proves why it's a ginormous-worthy city.

In the 8 p.m. episode titled "Pittsburgh: Bacon and Burger Bonanza," Josh Denny stops by Emporio, Primanti Bros. and Bakn to get massive helpings of sandwiches and a taco.

Downtown's Emporio crafted The Six Pack, which the Food Network website describes as "a gut-busting sandwich made from a full loaf of ciabatta packed with half a dozen huge meatballs." Primanti's flagship Strip District location came up with the Triple Pitts-Burger, a triple-size sandwich with the usual coleslaw and fries as well as a triple-size serving of capicola and three fried eggs. And Bakn in Carnegie cooked up the Bakn Quake - three 20-inch tacos stuffed with fried eggs, cheddar and seven types of bacon, drizzled with maple syrup and folded over like tacos.

Emporio's marketing director, Jesse Ament, said the film crew spent about 12 hours at the restaurant on a late April day, with Mr. Denny helping out in the kitchen and later sharing the completed jumbo-size meatball sandwich with restaurant guests. Adding to the party atmosphere, a hockey stick autographed by Pittsburgh Penguin Bryan Rust was raffled off.

Primanti's, which often gets chosen for these sorts of shows for its fries-and-slaw-topped sandwiches, was another stop.

"The publicity we get from these shows is so great," said senior marketing coordinator Amy Smith. "They always air [the shows] 12,000 times afterward."

Filming at Primanti's took place on a Monday as it's usually not a full house. Restaurant employees invited friends and family to join the walk-in crowd to fill the restaurant. The film crew did several interviews, and "there was no shortage of people who wanted to talk about the first time they ate a Primanti's sandwich and how late at night it was," Ms. Smith said. When the kitchen staff brought out the final ginormous sandwich, everyone cheered, she said.

The Triple Pitts-Burger isn't on the standard Primanti's menu, but it could be made for a customer if someone asked for it, Ms. Smith said.

When the Food Network contacted chef Randy Tozzie of Bakn, it was decided that a play on the restaurant's Bakn Cake Tacos would be a good showcase of Bakn's food. …

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