Downtown Pittsburgh experienced a great metamorphosis in the early 2000s with new commerce, including galleries and theaters, sports arenas, hotels and foodie-focused restaurants. Among the great new downtown destinations is an independent, three-in-one restaurant known as the Sienna Mercato located on Penn Ave. between 9th and 10th Streets. Its simplistic and trendy, industrial-chic ambiance with exposed brick walls and ceiling beams, concrete floors, and garage doors that create an open space of fresh air dining on multiple floors, it’s a wonder there’s ever an empty seat in the house.
On beautiful weather days and nights the roof on the top level fully retracts for a great view of the architecture, skyscrapers and the stars in the night sky. It’s amazing how an open-air, rooftop experience can be a magnet for good business!
Inspired by the New York Meatball Shop, the first floor of the new multi-level eatery is known as the “Emporio,” and the place is well on its way to earning the title of The Pittsburgh Meatball Joint. With four different styles of meatballs and nine different sauce options (including vegetarian and gluten-free options for both) as well as a host of different ways to have them served, Emporio is a meatball lover’s little slice of smorgasbord-heaven.
Upstairs on the second floor, Mezzo Wine and Charcuterie offers a less-bar-more-sit-down dining experience with woodfired pizzas, artisanal cheeses and creative pastas gracing the menu. Mike McCoy, a managing partner who oversees all three restaurants, describes Mezzo as “the best food destination within the building.” The charcuterie also offers fresh Burgh air to its dining patrons with bays that open up to the city.