Like to eat fresh and local? These Pittsburgh farm-to-table restaurants have partnered with local farmers to emphasize local and sustainable foods, from heirloom fruits and vegetables, to free-range, hormone-free beef, pork, lamb, and poultry. Enjoy fresh, organic ingredients, elegant presentations, and daily-changing, seasonal menus.
This highly-experimental restaurant in Pittsburgh's Garfield neighborhood is almost always one of the first ones mentioned by area foodies when asked about local farm-to-table dining. The local, ever-changing chalkboard menu features whimsical, complex seasonal cuisine.
2. Legume214 N. Craig Street, Oakland
This in-demand bistro recently moved into larger digs in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood. The menu incorporates locally sourced food as much as possible, including seasonal produce and organic meats. The daily-changing French cuisine-inspired menu is posted online by 5:00 p.m.
3. Dinette5996 Penn Circle South, East Liberty
Sustainability is key at Dinette, which specializes in thin-crust pizza and appetizers featuring fresh vegetables, herbs and cheeses. The short menu changes daily, featuring the freshest, local ingredients to be found in the area. In the summer, the restaurant's green rooftop garden supplements local produce stock. They even filter and bottle their own water in-house.
4. Bona Terra908 Main Street, Sharpsburg
One of Pittsburgh's first authentic farm-to-table restaurants, Bona Terra is well known for its extremely fresh, seasonal menus that change daily and its BYOB policy. Ranked among the 100 best farm-to-table restaurants nationally by Gourmet magazine in 2007.
5. Habitat510 Market Street, Pittsburgh
Nestled inside the upscale, LEED-certified Fairmont Pittsburgh Hotel, this sleek but elegant restaurant is not your typical hotel restaurant. The fusion menu has an international flair, with a strong emphasis on fresh, local ingredients (within a 100 mile radius of Pittsburgh) and unusual small plates. Be sure to save room for dessert!
6. Stagioni4770 Liberty Avenue, Bloomfield
Local, seasonal and sustainable with an Italian flare describes this casually elegant BYOB restaurant in Bloomfield. Chef Stephen Felder even makes own sausage and pickles, pasta, and preserves. The menu changes daily and are posted online by 4:00 p.m. each day.
This downtown restaurant is large and generally hopping - especially during the late night hours. The food is a bit on the exotic side, but with plenty of homecooked favorites (think pork chops or meatloaf, but with a twist). Both the food & cocktail menu change frequently taking advantage of seasonal products delivered by local farms & growers' cooperatives. Expect to leave full because the portions are huge.
Contemporary cuisine at Elements in Gateway Center draws inspiration primarily from France, Italy and the Mediterranean with bold flavor and beautiful presentations. The menu features local, fresh, seasonal ingredients, including locally sourced meats and cheeses for their extraordinary charcuterie list.