Each month we ask one of our favorite Pittsburghers the question:
If you only had 24 hours to show a friend the best that urban Pittsburgh has to offer, where would you take them?
How Long: 37 years
A born and bred Pittsburgher, her name is synonymous with design in all corners of the city (and far beyond). Her shop, Weisshouse, has landed in the pages of Elle Decor and was featured in HGTV’s newest design show Restored by the Fords, and it’s largely because of Stacy herself. From her incredible art collections to her shrewd eye for spectacular vintage pieces to handpicking new lines for her iconic Highland Avenue shop, Stacy Weiss never misses a beat.
We had to ask: what spots in the city meet the standards of this local design icon?
Breakfast: Nothing beats an old-school diner, and DeLuca’s is one of Pittsburgh’s best! It’s been a Strip District staple since I can remember (which is a long time). This is my favorite breakfast spot! First, stop by La Prima to grab latte for the always-expected wait in line (that’s how good it is) then it’s a dash across Penn Ave to DuLuca’s. I love the old school diner vibe — very 50’s! I’m partial to the South of the Border omelet, but the French toast is tasty, too.
Lunch: In a town with a history of solid Italian food, the family-run Dianoia’s is a standout. Their authentic Italian food is fresh, simple and delicious. The vibe is casual and the staff is super friendly. Always start with their house-made bread and whipped ricotta! Really, you can’t go wrong with anything on the always-changing menu. Share with friends as you will want to taste everything.
Dinner: Food and Wine named Superior Motors on of the best new restaurants in 2018, and I have to agree. From the artfully composed dishes to the interior, everything in the space is on point. The space is a wonderful mix of new and old Pittsburgh with an outstanding view of an active steel mill alongside beautiful artwork by Mia Tarducci, amazing floral arrangements by 4121 Main and handcrafted dishes & platters from Reiko Yamamoto. The interior is all glass, wood and brick with an open kitchen to watch the chefs cook. Also, check out the new courtyard — Barebones Productions has opened an intimate theater in the back. I also have the added bonus of sneaking in with last reservations, as my brother-in-law is one of the owners!
Another favorite is Poulet Bleu. Immediately when you walk in, you feel like you’re in the French Countryside. Old wood benches, a zinc bar, floral wallpaper and Moroccan floor tiles made a total transformation in this space. The traditional French Bistro food is spectacular. I am a French fry aficionado, and I give theirs a high rank. And if you’re going all out, you might as well order your chocolate soufflé when you arrive — it’s divine.
Bar: Since my twenties, Kelly’s has always been one of my go-tos. The look has remained the same since I lived next door in the late 70’s and they still have one of the best jukeboxes in town. It’s always a fun late night spot. Around the corner is a new fave, the Ace Hotel lobby bar. Back in the day it housed the YMCA, and the restoration kept the great bones while adding another favorite restaurant, The Whitfield. The original photos taken by Teeny Harris in collaboration with the Carnegie Museum of Art are a real treat, and the gym now hosts parties and dodgeball games.