Pittsburgh has lots of great bakeries and cafes, but nothing quite stands up to Mediterra Café in Sewickley! From the coffee and brunch eats to the overall aesthetic, this bakery-meets-cafe-meets-market is well worth the drive from Pittsburgh. (For context: From the heart of downtown Pittsburgh it's a 30ish minute drive.)
At Mediterra you'll find a counter-service setup with a full breakfast and lunch menu as well as tons 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 have ever had. It's absolutely delicious. If you're not into the sweet breakfast dishes, Lei of The Colé Journal, would recommend the Breakfast Sammie.
If you aren't already one step ahead of you, you should definitely grab a friend and plan your next brunch date ASAP! While you're at it, head down the street to The Loveliest Coffee & Clothes for an extra dose of caffeine and some new swag. Trust me when I say your Instagram feed will thank you.
Heads up: Mediterra is AMAZING so you can expect it to be pretty busy, especially on a Saturday or Sunday. I would try and stick to a small group. A one-on-one catch up was the move for me!
Be sure to give Mediterra a follow on the 'gram for all of the carb inspo you could ever dream of.
Italian food… where to begin. It’s delicious. Throw a giant mound of carbs in front of me and I’m a truly happy camper. Are carb endorphins a thing? For the fellow Italian food lovers out there, I definitely recommend checking out Pizzaiolo Primo in Market Square.
You’ll find antipasto (excuse my fancy Italian way of saying appetizers), salads, pizza, pasta, desserts, and of course wine, beer, and cocktails. You just can’t down a plate of pasta without washing it down with a glass of wine? This is Lauren logic at it’s finest. What can I say?
The space is super cozy. Like post up in the heart of Tuscany cozy. And the dim, candlelit vibes make it the perfect environment for date night. I’m using the definition of date night loosely. Dates with your gal pals and your mom count too!
When you order, definitely go for the “let’s split some stuff” method. You can’t settle for just one thing. You need a little “Mozzarella Fritti” (fried mozzarella), Bianca Pizza, and Gnocchi Sorrentina in your life. (Pictured above)
I tend to get very “hangry” so I’m always one to play it safe with a reservation. There’s nothing worse than being hit with a “it’s gonna be about 2 hours for a table”. Jump on OpenTable to secure your spot. They offer outdoor dining in the summertime, but it usually requires a pretty long wait. (In my experience, they don’t accept reservations for outdoor tables.)
One last tip: Wear something super comfy… and loose. The post-dinner food baby situation is real.
Let’s just all take a moment to really admire the beautiful creation that is this “Banella Crepe”. (*5 second pause*) The picture really says it all, but I’ll still fill you in with the deets.
Just off of Walnut Street, Cafe Moulin is a quaint and cozy cafe serving up the best of both worlds with sweet and savory crepe menus. I mean, they also serve salads and healthier-ish things, but you really can’t experience this place without going all in on a crepe. The greens will have to take a backseat for this adventure.
Perfect for breakfast, brunch, or even lunch, this Shadyside eatery is a hidden gem. (Literally, the space is in a basement.) Hit it up for a group brunch, a lunch date, or even a solo breakfast. A sweet crepe and their bottomless coffee make for the perfect morning if you ask me. My little secret: Sometimes I love dining alone. I don’t feel pressured to keep the conversation rolling and I can just enjoy my meal in my way and on my time. I highly recommend trying it!