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Pittsburgh Food Scene: Steel City Staples

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Pittsburgh Food Scene: Steel City Staples

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Pittsburgh Food Scene: Steel City Staples

Published Nov 14, 2013
Updated Jan 16, 2019

Pittsburgh’s strong roots in Eastern Kielbasa Another popular way to serve European culture allow for a wide variety of local, regional and international fare. If food defines a culture, than Pittsburgh is blessed with its very own dialect.

Pittsburgh Pierogi 

Most foodies would agree that the ultimate Pittsburgh culinary experience lies in the Pierogi. This labor-intensive yet diminutive handmade dumpling is traditionally crafted from unleavened dough that is filled with potatoes, sauerkraut, ground meat, mushrooms, spinach, cheese or fruit and then boiled, before baking or frying in butter, sometimes with onions.In this way, they range from sweet to salty to savory to spicy

The name Pierogi has distinct Slavic origins and the name is derived from a root that actually means ‘festival.’ This could explain why restaurants in Pittsburgh have even been known to host pierogi happy hours!

Kielbasa - Best Food in Pittsburgh

Also known around town as kolbasi, kielbasi, klobase and kolbassi, this Pittsburgh staple is often served right alongside pierogi. This delicious sausage is typically made from ground pork mixed with a variety of spices then smoked. Kielbasa is served in many ways, including as a cold cut, hot with sauerkraut, grilled or glazed as an appetizer. High quailty kielbasa is available all around the ‘Burgh.

Best Chipped Ham Pittsburgh

Boston has baked beans, Louisville has the Hot Brown, Cincinnati has goetta, Philadelphia has the cheese steak and Pittsburgh has chipped ham. This processed loaf of lunchmeat is sliced razor thin by “chipping” the meat against the blade of a commercial-grade meat slicer.

Served on a bun with barbeque sauce, even the slicing process is referred to as “Pittsburgh Style” throughout western Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia and Eastern Ohio.The most popular way to cook chipped ham is to fry it in a pan, which is often referred to as “frizzle fry” on menus throughout the Steel City.

Stuffed Cabbage Rolls Pittsburgh

Also known as cabbage rolls, halupki, galumpki, golabki or sarme, this humble dish is much-loved throughout the ‘Burgh and has become the go-to soul food of sorts for the city’s residents. Often served with pierogi, these steamed cabbage rolls are typically filled with a mixture of ground beef, rice, onion, celery, eggs and a variety of other seasonings, depending on the family recipe of origin.


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