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I moved to Pittsburgh in 2012 right after graduating from Clarion University of Pennsylvania.
While living in Clarion, a small, college town two hours north of Pittsburgh, I would visit Pittsburgh during the spring and summer to enjoy social activities and the “big city” offerings.
During that time, my son was little, so a lot of our trips to Pittsburgh involved visiting places like the Strip District, the Children’s Museum, the Carnegie Science Center and cultural festivals like the University of Pittsburgh’s annual Latin American and Caribbean Festival. It was during one of these visits to Pittsburgh that I first ate at Green Forest Brazilian Churrascaria. Sadly, due to pandemic restrictions, they closed their business in 2020. A great place, it was the first official home for Brazilian food in Pittsburgh.
I started exploring the city a little bit more after I relocated to Pittsburgh, seeing everything as a local with a foreigner eye. So much has caught my eye in my new hometown, including many attractions, places, people – and of course – food!
Pittsburgh gained some great additions to its food scene throughout the last decade. I believe and hope that we will continue to see many new flavors popping up around the city in the next 10 years as well.
Exploring new flavors beyond Brazilian food is something that I also like to do. So, here is a brief list of some restaurants and/or food businesses I’ve enjoyed grabbing a bite at during my nine-year journey in Pittsburgh. This was definitely not an easy task! These are mainly Black, immigrant or women-owned businesses serving great food and providing fantastic service in our area.
Additionally, I know I’m biased, but I have to add Casa Brasil to my list of food places to visit in Pittsburgh. We are very proud of what we do and what we bring to the table, which is a variety of dishes authentic to Brazilian cuisine with an inclusive menu providing food for different dietary needs.
I have always loved going to museums. I always tried to visit as many as I could while living in São Paulo, Brazil. I really enjoy spending a few hours looking at artwork. and I try to get out and visit as many museums in Pittsburgh, too. Here are my local museum recommendations:
Downtown Walking Tours - I love walking in Downtown and looking up, especially at the older buildings. The Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation offers a really cool Downtown Self-Guided Walking Guide. Download the maps and take the tour at your own pace.
I really enjoy exploring all the nature that surrounds Pittsburgh. Here are a few places to keep in mind for your next adventure!
I hope you enjoyed my recommendations and have a chance to enjoy a meal from any of the restaurants or visit one of my other recommendations. And, if you happen to stop by at Casa Brasil, make sure you say hello!