About Eric Fontana

Restaurant Gems of Pittsburgh Restaurant Reviews


About Eric Fontana

Restaurant Gems OF PITTSBURGH Restaurant Reviews

It's a pretty familiar thought..."Where should we go out tonight?"

"I know what I don't want!" someone chimes in.

"I don't care where we go as long as I don't have to go through the Squirrel Hill tunnel!" another says, not kidding.

"I only have $10..."

Perhaps you've been here before.

There are so many great bars and restaurants in the Pittsburgh area...

...but finding reliable information on the internet can feel like an exercise in futility.

How many fake-sounding Yelp reviews can you read before you throw in the towel and hit up the Olive Garden?

I'm here to tell you that you do not need to settle for the "same old" with so much to experience in Pittsburgh, and you do not need to spend a fortune to have an amazing time.

There is another way! But first, a little background...

At Penn State, I discovered a site called theΒ State College Bar Tour.

It had all the drink specials at every bar, every day of the week. It was updated weekly.

As most of you know, when you are in college, funds are limited, having access to see where you can drink cheap in college is a huge asset. This was the first time I was like, "wow, how useful to have this information available any time, right at your fingertips - tailored to my location and written by people I trust!"

As I moved on from my college years, I noticed a lack of the same tools for the general public.

Sure, I could sift through reviews of bars and restaurants in Pittsburgh on Google or Yelp until the cows came home...but I never felt like I could really trust what I was reading.

Additionally, there wasn't a single place I could go to see all of the best specials of the week to decide where to spend my cash.

Thus, Restaurant Gems Restaurant Reviews of Pittsburgh began!

I started small, posting reviews on Facebook for fun. It grew from there as people found my reviews helpful, thorough, and sometimes even comical.

My ultimate goal is to help everyday Pittsburghers find hidden restaurant gems that won’t break the bank.

Think of me as your good friend who has tried the best restaurants in and around the city, giving youΒ reviews you know you can trust. That's what this website is all about.

I have written restaurant articles for applications and newspapers, appeared on the radio, am working on my second Pittsburgh restaurant book, and am starting to become well known in the Pittsburgh area as I visit all different types of restaurants from all over the area.

You can get started by reading some of my reviews below!

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πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯ STAY TUNED WASHINGTON COUNTY for some barbecue! πŸ– πŸ– πŸ– Pig and Fire House of Barbeque ... See MoreSee Less
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🧐LOOKING FOR THE TOP 5 BEST LOCAL PITTSBURGH SMALL BUSINESSES {GIVEAWAY ALERT!} CAST YOUR VOTE BELOW!As we approach the πŸŽ„πŸŽ…holiday season, I am making it my goal to support local businesses in the Zelienople, Mars, Cranberry Twp, Wexford (North Hills) area. So here's what I'm doing...πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡For the next week (from 11/15-11/22), I will be doing a fun giveaway for the TOP 5 BEST small businesses in the area. But I need YOUR help and recommendations! πŸ˜€Cast your vote below πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡by tagging your favorite local small business in the comments! βœ…Tell me why you love that business - the excellent service, the high quality products/services, affordability, etc. I will select FIVE small businesses (based on your votes/comments) to win a special Holiday Book Gift 🎁 package with two of my books, Restaurant Gems of Pittsburgh - to gift to their customers and to highlight their business! I will be announcing the five winners on 11/22! Let me know your favorite small business in the North Hills area and why! πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡πŸŽP.S. If you are a local small business who wants to give your customers/clients a memorable, fun holiday gift that they'll use year-round...DM me with "Author copies" πŸ“–πŸ“šand I'll give you a special discount when you purchase my books in bulk. ... See MoreSee Less
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3 weeks ago

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πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ₯©πŸ’Ž RESTAURANT OWNERS LISTEN UP!WANT MORE CUSTOMERS at YOUR RESTAURANT? HERE’S WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I VISIT A RESTAURANT. (The numbers don’t lie)πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡πŸ’‘ The Facebook post shows up on tens of thousands of news feeds and gets 1,000s of clicksπŸ’‘ Your restaurant gets new customers that may not even know your restaurant existedπŸ’‘ The current 6,300 followers on my Facebook Page will recommend your restaurant to other peopleπŸ’‘ Your restaurant will be featured on my membership section of my websiteπŸ’‘ I am selective, I do not just go anywhere. I do a ton of research before I even show up, making sure your restaurant is a good fit!🧐 PM me for more details on how I can visit your restaurant or email me at eric@foodofsteelcity.com. ... See MoreSee Less
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