Station Square, on the Monongahela across the historic Smithfield Bridge, is a converted rail station from the early 20th century. Today, this is a development filled with shops and restaurants.
The Grand Concourse Restaurant. The restaurant's pleasant interior is composed of brass, wood, marble, and a glass ceiling, and the kitchen turns out inventive cuisine. 1 Station Square. 412/261–1717.
adjacent dock, the Gateway Clipper fleet offers riverboat cruises and shuttles to PNC Park and Heinz Field (home of major league baseball's Pirates and the NFL's Steelers, respectively). 412/355–7980. www.gatewayclipper.com.
Across Carson Street is the Monongahela Incline, run by the Port Authority of Allegeny County. 412/442–2000.
A short walk or drive away is the Duquesne Incline. Both 19th-century funiculars edge up ever-so-steep hillsides. The view at the top is well worth the $3.50 round-trip. Several restaurants at the top have great views. 1197 W. Carson St. 412/381–1665.
Feb 23, 2006
When I say sharing is everything, I mean everything is shared. This Italian restaurant's meals are meant to be shared. A small feeds two or more people and a large four or more. This goes for their salads, desserts, and small pizza sized garlic bread (with fresh shavings of garlic on top) as well. The rooms in Buca are covered from walls to ceilings with Italian photos and bric-a-brac, but it doesn't feel cramped, more like a visual treat as you notice
something new-to-you every time. There are even Italian language tapes in the bathrooms! Forget premade meals and sauces, forget Olive Garden or Carino's, for fresh authentic Italian, and twice the amount of food for the price, go to Buca! For weekends, unless you're willing to wait with the crowd, I suggest a reservation because everyone else knows how good it is too.
Aug 25, 2005
Try to go in the warmer months to see the fountains! Good selection of restaurants.