The orange neon fish sign at the corner of Butler & 55th in Lawrenceville is the gastronomic version of the beacon atop the Grant Building. Nied’s Hotel Bar has held this corner since 1941 and, like all great joints, it’s a neighborhood within a neighborhood.

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  • Issue Quarter Summer
  • Issue Year 2009
  • Sub Heading Fish and family in Lawrenceville
As the great American playwright Tennessee Williams once said, “I think Italians are like Southerners without their inhibitions.” Williams could have made that observation from a table at Girasole, which combines the best of Italy and Pittsburgh: sometimes it can be a little bit pazzo, but it is always honest.

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  • Issue Quarter Fall
  • Issue Year 2010
  • Sub Heading Dinner and a show
There are two features that are essential before any establishment can become a neighborhood joint, and Square Café in Regent Square has both.

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  • Issue Quarter Fall
  • Issue Year 2009
  • Sub Heading Friendly variety
There is a relationship that regular patrons have with Johnny’s Restaurant in Wilmerding that is a lot like the one shared by old married couples. They promise each other not to be the first to go, because the survivor will be lost until the end. And after a yearlong hiatus, Johnny Fusilli is…

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  • Issue Quarter Summer
  • Issue Year 2010
  • Sub Heading A dining respite in Wilmerding
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