The only word I can think of to describe Pittsburgh’s weather during our recent visit is “schizophrenic”. On March 20, the first day of spring, it was pretty miserable. The next day, it snowed for a few hours. Not light, pretty snowflakes, but large clumps of snow. That afternoon, it warmed up to lovely, sunny weather perfect for an afternoon walk.
We walked from the Hyatt Place on the North Shore over the Fort Duquesne bridge to Point State Park, then to Sienna Sulla Piazza in Market Square for dinner with friends. I can’t remember the last time I visited Market Square. It’s changed quite a bit.Unfortunately, I had partied a little too hard at Liz’s bachelorette party on the South Side the night before. Sienna had an excellent wine menu, but I had to pass on that. I wasn’t sure if I could handle real food, especially rich Italian food, but Sienna’s Housemade Ricotta Wild Mushroom Gnocchi ($19), surprisingly, helped cure my hangover. I asked them not to include the pancetta. Fantastic gnocchi dish with gorgeous mushrooms. John got his haircut that afternoon, and the stylist told him that Sienna’s food is great, but the portions are small. He ordered one of the vegetarian flatbreads and a side of brussel sprouts. Uhh, these portions are definitely not small at all. He ended up with way too much food! Here’s a really dark photo…After dinner, we had a few drinks at Olive or Twist, a cool bar/lounge in downtown Pittsburgh. I love how a lively, crowded bar on a Friday night in Pittsburgh is so nice and spacious by NYC standards. We later stopped by our Zach’s house in Lawrenceville, met his cute animals, and then visited Christina’s new condo. Fun night out!