About Eric Fontana

Restaurant Gems of Pittsburgh Restaurant Reviews

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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 the 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 you 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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Restaurant Gems of Pittsburgh
🥩🥓🔥 If you haven’t tried the food at Guy's Market on 68 give this place a try. My wife and I had the made to go wrap and salad it was very good! 💎💎💎 ... See MoreSee Less
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3 months ago

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YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO, BUILT WITH BLUE COLLAR WORK ETHIC, STEEL, and HOME to DELICIOUS ITALIAN RESTAURANT GEMSSalvatore's Italian Grill🏭 Youngstown, Ohio, this area is home to proud, hardworking, blue-collar citizens. Steel is gone, but there’s a muscle memory in these rust belt areas that keeps people fighting, people know what it’s like to get knocked down, and fight your way back up time and time again. Five world champion fighters and numerous professional athletes hail from Youngstown. If you talk to anyone who grew up or has lived in the Mahoning Valley, they will tell you that Youngstown is known for delicious Italian food, especially pizza! One of these places is Salvatore’s Italian Grill. Customers know that every time they visit Salvatore’s, they are going to get a great meal!🧂 Menu – Salvatore’s offers an extensive list of culinary items to choose from. You don’t have to order only Italian food to be happy here. As I always do, I will take a deep dive into the menu and highlight my favorite menu items.🍕 Pizza (captioned) – The dough is made fresh every day. Sweet sauce and loads of it. Cheese is full of flavor and not greasy. Topping selection is out of this world. Toppings are fresh and of the best quality. Crunchy and clean, it’s easy to eat. The thickness is just right. Try one of their gourmet pizzas or create your own with a plethora of topping choices.Some gourmet pizza’s that caught my eye are the “Four Seasons” which has fresh mushrooms, prosciutto, artichokes, roasted peppers, fresh mozzarella cheese with marinara sauce. The “BBQ Chicken” never disappoints and features grilled chicken, bacon, mozzarella cheese, and is topped with BBQ sauce. If you want to be adventurous go with the “Pizza Pescatore” which is white pizza with calamari, mussels, clams, garlic, and mozzarella.🧀 Appetizers – The list is extensive! If you want a combination of healthy but full of flavor, go with the “Fried Italian Greens” which uses Italian Escarole that is sautéed in garlic topped with fiery Hungarian hot peppers. The “Shrimp Mediterranean” has six Gulf Shrimp sauteed in white wine, garlic, fresh Roma tomatoes, topped with feta cheese. If you want to keep it safe, you can’t go wrong with Wedding soup!🥩 Sandwiches and Hoagies – Who doesn’t like a great steak sandwich? The “Ribeye Gorgonzola Ciabatta” has fresh sliced prime rib, gorgonzola cheese, spring mix, Roma tomatoes, drizzled with balsamic glaze.🍝 Entrées – “Parmigiana” gives you a choice of either eggplant, chicken, or veal, topped with mozzarella cheese, and is served with capellini. “Penne Primavera” uses penne pasta as a base, and topped with broccoli, spinach, asparagus, mushrooms, and tomatoes served with extra virgin olive oil or marinara sauce. “Lasagna Classico” features layers of pasta, Italian meat sauce, mozzarella, and seasoned ricotta cheese.🌶️ Other menu items – Salvatore’s also has delectable salads, burgers, calzones, strombolis, and much more!🧐 My final take – Youngstown, Ohio is no stranger to hidden restaurant gems. You can make a day out of driving around the city and the metropolitan area exploring mom and pop businesses. Salvatore’s in just one of many hidden restaurants in this area where you can enjoy delicious Italian cuisine!🔥🍕🥩🧂RESTAURANT OWNERS and ENTHUSIASTS LISTEN UP! If you want me to come to your restaurant to do a VIP restaurant review to take your hidden gem to the next must visit restaurant in Western Pennsylvania that will have new clients coming to you in droves, click on the link below. Let’s get you started on your path to stardom!👇👇👇👇👇christinatarantola.typeform.com/to/WIUA9vUr ... See MoreSee Less
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🔥🥩🥓🎥 CHECK IT OUT! New Promo Video showing showing how I help restaurants! We are cranking it up a notch!!!🔥🔥🍖 RESTAURANT OWNERS and ENTHUSIASTS LISTEN UP! If you want me to come to your restaurant to do a VIP restaurant review to take your hidden gem to the next must visit restaurant in Western Pennsylvania that will have new clients coming to you in droves, click on the link below. Let’s get you started on your path to stardom!👇👇👇👇👇👇christinatarantola.typeform.com/to/WIUA9vUr ... See MoreSee Less
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