You know the old saying: The best things come in small packages. The same could, arguably, be said for restaurants. Some of the most delectable, memorable restaurants are so small that you might inadvertently pass them by when walking down the street. Here are eight of the best small restaurants in Pittsburgh that are so worth the visit.
1. Girasole Restaurant – 733 Copeland Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Indulge in authentic Italian fare at Girasole Restuarant. The small Pittsburgh restaurant promises dishes, including homemade pastas, made with the freshest ingredients. As the seasons change, so does the menu. The spring menu currently features such dishes as spinach and ricotta ravioli, polenta, and potato gnocchi. Girasole Restaurant is open Tuesday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.
2. Point Brugge Café – 401 Hastings Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Feel as though you're dining in the heart of Europe at Point Brugge Cafe. The quaint cafe, which boasts both indoor and outdoor seating, serves lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch. Choose from such delicious dishes as crab cakes, chicken Milanese, and house made ricotta gnocchi. Stop by Point Brugge Cafe Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
3. Dor-Stop Restaurant – 1430 Potomac Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15216
Sit down to a home-style meal at the Dor-Stop Restaurant. The charming small diner, which serves breakfast and lunch, features a mouthwatering menu. Opt for such breakfast dishes as steak and eggs, burritos, or potato pancakes. Lunch choices include sandwiches, chicken tenders, and burgers. Dor-Stop is open Monday through Saturday from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
4. Micro Diner – 221 Shiloh Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15211
Micro Diner certainly lives up to its name in terms of size. But, the tiny diner promises "big taste." Eat breakfast any time of the day or stop by for lunch, dinner, or a late night snack. Micro Diner's menu features such entrees as French toast, burgers, roasted chicken, and pot roast. Visit Micro Diner Monday from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday from 6 a.m. to 4 a.m., Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 a.m., and Sunday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
5. Cure – 5336 Butler Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15201
Tantalize your taste buds at the small, upscale Cure Restaurant. Peruse the menu that features such entrees as locally-sourced chicken, trout, and New York strip steak. Pasta dishes are also available. Dinner service begins at 5 p.m. Monday and Wednesday through Friday and at 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
6. Sausalido – 4621 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15224
Bring Your Own Beer (BYOB) to this charming restaurant that will make you swear you've traveled to Europe. Tucked in Bloomfield, the cozy bistro serves such delectable dishes as butternut squash ravioli, herb roasted chicken breast, and seared tuna or salmon. Stop by Sausalido Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Sunday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
7. Piccolo Forno – 3801 Butler Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15201
Dig in to a scrumptious wood-fired pizza as you sip on your favorite BYOB drink. Piccolo Forno offers an assortment of wood-fired pizzas. Or, choose from such entrees as lasagna, ravioli, and paninis. Piccolo Forno welcomes diners Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
8. Gaucho Parilla Argentina – 1601 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Add some Argentinian flare to your next meal. The quaint Gaucho Parilla Argentina boasts a delightful menu of small plates, sandwiches, salads, and special plates. Choose from such dishes as paella, grilled chicken, a steak burger, or empanadas. Gaucho Parilla Argentina is open Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.