Pittsburgh has lots of great bakeries and cafes, but nothing quite stands up to Mediterra Café in Sewickley. From killer coffee to a delicious brunch to the overall aesthetic of the space, this bakery-meets-cafe-meets-market is well worth the drive from Pittsburgh. (From the heart of downtown Pittsburgh it's about a 30 minute drive.)
At Mediterra, you'll find a counter-service setup with a full breakfast and lunch menu as well as a full lineup of specialty breads and pastries. If you happen to stop for breakfast or brunch, I highly recommend the Baked French Toast. It was by far the best french toast I've eaten. It was unreal. If you're not a fan of sweet breakfast dishes, Lei of The Colé Journal, would recommend the Breakfast Sammie.
After your next trip to Mediterra be sure to also head down the street to The Loveliest Coffee & Clothes for an extra dose of caffeine and a quick shopping stop. Trust me when I say your Instagram feed will thank you.
Heads up: Mediterra is really popular so you can expect it to be pretty busy during peak hours and weekends. I would recommend sticking to a small group. A one-on-one catch up was the move for me.
Be sure to give Mediterra a follow on Instagram for a daily dose of foodie inspo.
Italian food… there's no denying it’s delicious. Throw a giant mound of pasta in front of me and I promise I'll never complain. For the fellow Italian foodies out there, I definitely recommend Pizzaiolo Primo in Market Square.
You’ll find a well-presented menu of antipasto, salads, pizza, pasta, desserts, and of course wine, beer, and cocktails. The space is intimate with a touch of real "Tuscany" energy. Savor and sip slow. The world seems to slow down here.
I can be a bit impatient when hungry, so I always play it safe with a reservation. Online reservations are readily available on OpenTable. The restaurant does offer outdoor dining in the summer months, but it usually requires a pretty long wait time. In my prior experience, they don’t accept reservations for outdoor tables.
One last bit of advice: Wear something comfortable. The post-meal "food baby" is almost a guarantee.
Just off of Walnut Street, Cafe Moulin is a quaint and cozy cafe serving up the best of both worlds with sweet and savory crepes. They also serve a variety of salads and healthier offerings, but you really can’t experience this place without taking a chance on the "Banella" crepe. The greens will have to take a backseat for this adventure.
Perfect for breakfast, brunch, or even lunch, this Shadyside eatery is somewhat of a hidden gem. Whether it's a group brunch, a lunch date, or even a solo breakfast, a sweet crepe and bottomless coffee make for a perfect morning.
While you're in the area be sure to take some time to browse through some of the great small businesses on Walnut Street. It's worth your time.