Locals say that Mineo's has the best pizza in "the Burgh." Choose from toppings like pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, feta, ricotta, roasted peppers, and shrimp, or for a twist, order a white or Sicilian pie. Be sure to bring cash – like many other places in the city, they don't take credit cards (there is an ATM in the store). BYOB.
When Pittsburgh natives crave authentic German cuisine and genuine Bavarian beers, they head to Max's Allegheny Tavern. This festive eatery features five types of sausage, six varieties of schnitzel and a not-to-be-missed potato pancake Reuben. If you can't decide which to try, Max's lets you create a sampler platter with mini-portions of three of their German specialties. Sides include potato pancakes and dumplings, sweet and sour cabbage and homemade spaetzle. For dessert, Max's serves delicious bread pudding and – you guessed it – German chocolate cake.
Tessaro's serves complete lunch and dinner menus, but its burgers draw Pittsburgh natives to the festive eatery. These whoppers are full half-pounders, cooked to order. Every topping imaginable can be had, from traditional offerings (fresh tomatoes and sharp cheddar) to non-traditional options (Russian salad dressing). Regulars swear that Tessaro's hardwood grill gives the burgers their distinctive flavor and has been awarded the "Best Hamburger" in the city.
With a menu featuring a seductive blend of Mediterranean and Northern African specialties, Casbah rocks well into the evening. The wide-open space sparkles with ornate paintings and furniture, and lattice window covers dignify the interior with a feeling of exclusivity and separation from the outside bustle. In addition, a year-round heated patio is a cozy spot to dine. Couscous and lentils with shrimp tease out a surprisingly full flavor without the heaviness of beef or lamb tainting palate and wallet. A prix-fixe brunch for $22 is offered that includes a cocktail.
"How Lee Cow!" is likely what you'll think when you see your order from this delicious Chinese joint. Be prepared to take the tasty food outside after paying. Not only is there no seating inside, but you'll want to escape with the bounty, thinking they may have given you way too much food by accident. Don't worry, they didn't – portions are just that huge. N.B. The place is also popular with students who carry the Carnegie Mellon Card.