Of the Steel City’s many claims to culinary fame, nothing is more inviting than its abundance of European restaurants. These range from the humble, take-out only Pierogies Plus (in a former gas station) to the Hungarian home-cooking treasure Jozsa Corner. In the strip district, Enrico Biscotti makes stupendously good coffee-companion pastries and serves true-Italian trattoria lunches al fresco. Walking into Five Points Artisan Bakeshop smells like France, its air swirling with the delectable perfumes of just-baked peasant breads. Prantl’s bills itself as a “bakery in the German tradition,” although its insanely delicious specialty, the burnt almond torte, was conceived when founder Henry Prantl took a trip to California and brought back a carload of almonds.
Pierogies are the featured attraction on a menu that also includes haluski (noodles & cabbage), stuffed cabbage, hunter's stew, and kielbasa. A Pittsburgh best!