Enjoy a Hearty Meal at These 8 Downtown Pittsburgh Restaurants After Hitting the UPMC Ice Rink

One of the coolest (no pun intended) winter experiences in the ‘Burgh is ice skating under the skyscrapers of our beautiful downtown. People flock to the UPMC Rink at PPG Place for a chance to skate outside when the temperatures start to fall. After the fun of your session on the ice is over, visit one of the many restaurants near the rink for an opportunity to warm up and have a taste of what makes the city’s food culture so amazing. Here are some must-try Downtown Pittsburgh Restaurants to visit after your “ice-capades.” 

Floor 2

Dine in the casual luxury of the Fairmont Pittsburgh for a vibrant, inviting meal. Part of Floor 2’s success is their commitment to locally sourced ingredients, as well as the lovely design of their bar and dining room areas. This is the spot to hit if you find yourself ice skating in the morning and want a flavorful breakfast to warm your mitts.

Alchemy Bar and Kitchen

Take a culinary adventure through a blend of American staples inspired by global fusion cuisine. At Alchemy, your dinner isn’t just the food you eat, it’s the experience that you have. Try their Smashburger, which blends brisket and short ribs, or take a walk on the lighter side with their creamy Bacon Deviled Eggs. 

Vallozzi’s Pittsburgh

Homemade pasta is just better when it’s dressed up just for you. Traditional Italian cuisine is where Vallozzi’s shines, from mozzarella flown in fresh from Italy to their rightly famous pizza variations. Plus they carry only the best international wines to pair with each dish.

Alta Via 

Get a first look at this new location in Market Square which just opened at the end of October. Pasta is at the heart of this modern Italian dining room. They carry over 10 different pasta dishes to try alongside the generous variety of meats and grilled vegetables included on the menu.

Con Alma 

Are you feeling jazzy? This restaurant’s name means “with soul” and they bring it every night with live jazz performances. Delight in a variety of spices and flavors — from West Indian Curry to savory Shrimp Dumplings. The wine menu is also carefully curated to match each region the dishes are from. If you like a craft cocktail, you cannot fail here. We like the Con Alma Negroni!

The Warren Bar and Burrow

Asian and American infusions come together for a delicious share of Bao Buns, Potstickers, Chicken Wings, and Bison Smash Burgers. The Warren also serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays, featuring a menu filled with classic breakfast favorites such as Chicken and Waffles or Shrimp and Grits. Founder Spencer Warren shakes up a mean cocktail to accompany all of the above.

The Eagle Food and Beer Hall

Fried chicken is crunchy, juicy, and filled with the homiest of flavors. Choose The Eagle’s home-brined chicken served with a side of spicy honey for an extra kick. All the side dishes deepen that Southern feeling with traditional Spoonbread and White Cheddar Grits.


Gaucho brings the authentic tastes of Argentina right to the city of Pittsburgh. Bring a bunch of your closest friends and relish sharing the Chupin De Mariscos. This huge array of fresh seafood, Yukon Gold potatoes, and chickpeas in an Achiote Seafood Broth is unforgettable.

Story by Kylie Thomas

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