Year in Review: 2019’s very Pittsburgh Food Moments

We asked a group of local foodies to spotlight their favorite Pittsburgh Food Moments of the year. Here are their picks.

by Aadam Soorma
December 30, 2019

It’s end-of-year recap time; and we decided to flip the script a bit.

We let Pittsburgh’s food (and beverage) community lead the conversation. What were their favorite (Pittsburgh) food moments of the year?

Scroll down for a curated look at Pittsburgh’s top food moments of 2019.


A shoutout to Driftwood Oven in Lawrenceville; and, more specifically, their incredible sourdough crust.


Churchview Farm hosts a series of pop-up farm dinners and we’re in love with these adorable goats.


The return of Coop de Ville – very exciting and we are all VERY much looking forward to what they have planned for 2020.


This adorable selection goes a bit beyond food. PGH Food Dude celebrated the birth of a baby earlier this year.


Pittsburgh Plates comin in hot with the dessert plug. Whew, dang we love Mediterra.


We had a blast at this year’s Western PA Lamb Fest. A very Pittsburgh food moment, indeed.


Cheese. And. Pasta. Heaven. Here’s a mouthwatering selection that comes in via Arlecchino Ristorante in Canonsburg.


2019 was a great year for pizza and the launch of Pizzeria Davide (located behind DiAnoia’s) was major key.


Bob Batz Jr has been writing about food and beverage in western Pennsylvania for far longer than the existence of Instagram. When he speaks, we listen.

“Well, I love the seasons of Pittsburgh food, whether that’s the bounty at the farmers markets or the old-school holiday ethnic stuff…(here’s) the Party Cake Shop in Brookline on Fat Tuesday, when the place was busy while it was still dark out selling the fat stuffed doughnuts called paczki.”


RIP Cure. A nostalgic and beautiful pick from Steeling Pittsburgh.


Fooduzzi picked a food moment that goes above and beyond the call of duty. Peep her Guide to the Ultimate Pittsburgh Date Day. You can hit all four of her recommendations in a pinch; they’re all on the same street and super easy to walk between.


An impactful moment in Pittsburgh food (and beverage) from BreeliciousBites. We asked her to help Very Local moderate a panel discussion focused on diversity in the beer industry. Our July 2019 event (Very Local, Very Fresh) took place in the Hill District and was part of our build up to the Fresh Fest Beer Festival in August.


“My favorite food moment is every time I go to Mola!”

We’re always down to explore new takes on sushi and imyoujean is here for this adventurous East Liberty restaurant. Fun Fact: Mola earned recognition from Pittsburgh magazine as one of their top 10 new restaurants of 2019.


A well-deserved shoutout to Merchant Oyster in Lawrenceville. Their sustainability efforts and lowkey stellar bar menu makes them a highlight of the year for us too.



immasnack writes: “Pittsburgh finally got serious about its barbecue this year.” And we’re here for this content.

A lovely shoutout to Mitch’s BBQ in Wexford.


Love this one from boundless_eats. A shoutout to Pittsburgh Sandwich Society’s hot chicken sandwich for Picklesburgh 2019. Fun Fact: boundless_eats actually split her 2019 (half in Pittsburgh // half in Portland). We miss you in the Burgh! Xoxo


Yinzhungry412 is still thinking about this past September’s Steelworker Sando – a braised ham sandwich on house-made Hawaiian rolls from Blue Sparrow. The one-day-only sandwich deal was actually part of Very Local’s brewery / sandwich collaboration event series, Local x Global. Stay tuned for more Blue Sparrow collaborations in 2020.


Header Image: Blue Sparrow food truck parked outside Brew Gentlemen in Braddock for Hawaiian Night (special menu event in partnership with Very Local, September 2019).

In 2012, Aadam moved to Pittsburgh. He's currently parked (sans chair) in Lawrenceville and plans to stay a while. On the weekends, you'll find him driving a small green bus (Porter Tours) as he leads tours at local breweries. Got a fun story idea? DMs are open: @asoorma.

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