A Pimm's Cup at Il Tetto, the beer garden above Emporio.
Beet salad at Il Tetto, the beer garden above Emporio.
Caprese salad at Il Tetto.
Negroni on tap at Il Tetto.
The view of the skyline from Il Tetto, the beer garden above Emporio on Penn Avenue, Downtown.
By Natalie Bencivenga / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The place: Sienna Mercato, a stack of three restaurants at 942 Penn Ave. in the Cultural District that has become the hotspot for the fun and fashionable to be #SEEN.
Why it's hot: Emporio on the street level is a casual meatball joint (with veggie option) that Pittsburghers have flocked to since it opened last year. The second floor, which will be a charcuterie called Mezzo, is slated to open this fall. Il Tetto, the beer garden on the roof -- reached by elevator -- is drawing raves. "It doesn't look like it belongs in Pittsburgh," said patron Jessica Ruffing. "It's so what Downtown needs more of -- outdoor and indoor space that you just have to hang out in after work."
Eat, drink and be merry: At Emporio, the meatball hoagie drenched in homestyle bolognese sauce is a favorite among patrons, along with the homemade ricotta doughnuts that manager Troy Kasper said reminds him of Kennywood funnel cakes. On the top deck, manager Chris Clark recommends trying one of the 32 draft beers, especially the Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout or the Brooklyn Sarachi Ace, a "very drinkable balanced beer." Pair it with the french fries in a duck fat gravy for a truly indulgent after-work treat.
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