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Going to Pittsburgh
Getting there: Most major and budget airlines fly there from South Florida, although only AirTran (from Fort Lauderdale) and American (from Miami) fly there nonstop, a flight of about 2 hours, 45 minutes. Roundtrip airfare starts around $240 from Fort Lauderdale, $250 from Miami.
Information: Greater Pittsburgh Convention & Visitors Bureau, www.visitpittsburgh.com, 412-281-7711 or 800-359-0758. www.neighborsinthestrip.com
WHERE TO STAY
Fairmont Hotel, 510 Market St.; 412-773-8800; www.fairmont.com/pittsburgh. Gleaming glass-and-steel luxury hotel featuring spectacular city views. Rooms start at $249.
Sheraton Station Square, 300 West Station Square Dr.; 412-261-2000; www.sheratonstationsquare.com. Recently renovated property across the bridge from downtown, in the heart of an entertainment complex that offers shops, dining and easy access to core attractions. Rooms start at $233.
The Priory, 614 Pressley St.; 412-231-3338; www.thepriory.com. 42-room boutique hotel with charm; $150-$185 with continental breakfast.
WHERE TO EAT
The Enrico Biscotti Cafe, 2022 Penn Ave.; 412-281-2602; www.enricobiscotti.com. Specializing in wood-fired pizzas ($10-$15) and, of course, biscotti.
Colangelo’s Bakery, 207 21st St.; 412-281-7080; www.colangelosbakery.com. Pasta and panini ($5.75-$6.95) are the order of the day, but save room for the turnover-like mele ($1.80), available with a variety of fillings.
Nine on Nine, 900 Penn Ave.; 412-338-6463; www.nineonninepgh.com. A short distance from The Strip, serving elegant New American cuisine; entrees $26-$45.
Lidia’s Italy-Pittsburgh, 1400 Smallman St., (15th St.), The Strip; 412-552-0150; www.lidias-pittsburgh.com. Noted chef Lidia Bastianich oversees Italian classics in David Rockwell-designed spaces. Entrees $16-$38.
WHAT TO DO
‘Burgh Bits & Bites, 800-979-3370; www.burghfoodtour.com. Sylvia McCoy and her tour leaders offer several food-oriented tours of Pittsburgh’s neighborhoods, including the Strip District, Lawrenceville and Little Italy. Public tours start at $35 and meet on various days; reserve ahead.
Pittsburgh Public Market, Produce Terminal Building, Smallman Street Entrance, opposite 17th Street; 412-281-4505; pittsburghpublicmarket.org. About 30 vendors offering books, wine, espresso and organic produce. Weekends only.
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