Fresh food

At the start of a new semester, there are a lot of new things to experience: new classes, new professors, and new friends, to name a few. With all of these fresh starts and exciting new opportunities, why stick to the same old food? Check out these new restaurants in Pittsburgh for a taste of something different.

Marzoni’s Brick Oven & Brewing 4643 Route 8, Allison Park. 412.486.9291.

Popular beer and pizza destination Marzoni’s recently opened a second location in Hampton. In addition to pizza, Marzoni’s serves a variety of other foods, including Italian-style entrées, grilled meats, and seafood. The company brews its own beer, which is shipped to Hampton from the original location. There are six different brews to try, and if you’d like to try them all at once (and are of age), they offer a sampler. Prices here are moderate with the most expensive entrée costing about $22.

Imagines 631 Painters Run Road, Upper St. Clair. 412.221.0350.

While Imagines itself is new, the food isn’t. Imagines is located in Upper St. Clair, and it recently took over the old restaurant Pasquarelli’s. Despite the new name, many of the favorite dishes from Pasquarelli’s are still being served. In addition to the Italian dishes carried over from before, Imagines serves a variety of creative new entrées and meats. Entrées run $9–$28, and the price includes a full meal with bread, soup, salad, vegetables, and either pasta or potatoes. Both lunch and dinner are served daily.

Palate 212 Sixth St. 412.434.1422.

Located downtown in the Cultural District, Palate is a modern bistro serving a variety of foods in the French-fusion style. The prices for dinner and the theater tasting menu aren’t cheap, but the bistro offers a happy hour with $5 appetizers and a few sandwiches. The bar menu hours are 4:00–6:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.–1:00 a.m. Palate also offers a variety of desserts, and the restaurant includes a lounge area in addition to restaurant seating.

Muriel’s 856 Western Ave. 412.322.0476.

Muriel’s, a small restaurant on the North Side, recently won a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reader poll for best American cuisine in Pittsburgh. Located in a Victorian house, Muriel’s has a small dining room in addition to the outdoor seating area. The food is relatively inexpensive and healthy. Muriel’s serves lunch and dinner Monday–Saturday, and a popular brunch on Sundays, which includes a complimentary mimosa.

Sassy Marie’s 422 Foreland St. 412.246.0353.

Sassy Marie’s on the North Side offers American regional cuisine and live jazz performances. The menu includes appetizers, entrées, and desserts, and offers a variety of unique flavors. Everything is made entirely on site, including salad dressings and desserts. Sassy Marie’s is open for lunch and dinner daily, with a brunch served on Sundays. Live jazz performances are held on Friday and Saturday nights, usually with a small cover charge.

Tusca 2773 Sidney St. 412.488.9000.

Tusca, a new European-style restaurant on the South Side, specializes in tapas. The tapas are diverse, with influences from many European and Middle Eastern countries including Spain, Italy, Morocco, and Greece. The tapas are big enough to share with a friend or two, and cheap enough (around $5–$10) to order a few. Tusca also serves a few full entrées and several desserts.

Mojo Bistro 172 Lincoln Ave., Bellevue. 412.761.2828.

This new restaurant in Bellevue serves Thai-Cajun fusion cuisine. Mojo Bistro itself opened as a coffee shop last February, but has since been converted to a full restaurant. Mojo Bistro opens daily at 8:30 a.m. for customers. Dinner may be pricey (up to $50 for two people), but lunch choices are more affordable and a great way to try out the restaurant.