Hidden Treasures of Pittsburgh

What would you do if you used to be a chef on Aristotle and Jackie Onassis’ yacht, but had decided to try your luck in America?

Well, if you’re Christos Melacrinos, you jump ship, make your way to Pittsburgh through a series of adventures, and end up buying a restaurant in the Cultural District. And then, if that weren’t enough to tell your grandkids, you also get your 15 minutes of fame for taking a bum from your alleyway and helping him turn his life around.

We happened to be killing about an hour last night while waiting for Avenue Q, and in search of coffee and dessert, we stumbled across Christos’. What drew us there was how packed-full it was; our feeling is that anyplace crowded has to have something going for it. What’ll take us back for dinner sometime is the story and the atmosphere. It’s a hole in the wall, and the coffee/dessert are tasty, although not the best I’ve ever had. But the pictures on the walls and trinkets in the display case, and the stories embodied in those and the menu, are better seasoning than anything any chef has in his or her spice rack.

Yet another little gem that nobody’s ever heard of hiding in Pittsburgh, and worth checking out next time you’re catching a show Downtown.

1 Comment so far

  1. James Foreman (unregistered) on November 26th, 2007 @ 5:48 pm

    Even better, visit when there isn’t a show, as my family and I did, and be treated to personal, gesticulating service from the man himself. I put the Greek food at Christo’s easily on par with anything similar on restaurant row.

    Good recommendation.

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