Not only is pumpkin a great fall seasonal dish, but it is healthy, too. Pumpkin contains fiber and antioxidant vitamins A, C and E as well as mono-unsaturated fatty acids, which are great for heart health. This smooth and flavorful vegetable is not only great in sweet dishes, such as pumpkin pie, but also used in many savory foods. These are the city’s best pumpkin dishes to try when you are out and about in Pittsburgh.
Cafe Du Jour
1107 E. Carson St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Located in Pittsburgh’s South Side, Cafe Du Jour is a quaint European-style Bistro that serves lunch and dinner. Cafe Du Jour’s menu contains a wide variety of fresh and healthy menu options with seasonal vegetables and fresh meats. Its house salad features seasonal flavor with roasted pumpkin seeds plus mixed greens, tomato, cucumber and snow pea shoots. With a earthy cup of wild mushroom consume, it is a perfect lunch for less than $10.
733 Copeland St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Located in Shadyside, Girasole is a cozy Italian restaurant with handmade pastas. Fresh soups, salads and meat dishes are made with daily fresh ingredients. On its fall menu, sample its popular pumpkin ravioli with sage cream sauce. Though it may be cheating a little to use sage in an already-savory dish, that cream sauce just sends this one over the top. The pumpkin ravioli is a seasonal menu item, so be sure to call first to make sure it is available before you make your reservations.
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Abay Ethiopian Cuisine
130 S. Highland Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Located on Pittsburgh’s east end, Abay serves not only Ethiopian cuisine, but a taste of its culture as well with Ethiopian traditional furnishings and original art. As meets with Ethiopian tradition, meals are served on large platters for all at the table to share with injera, a thin bread that is used as an eating utensil. Among the variety of vegan and meat dishes, Abay serves a pumpkin soup, which is a creamy blend of herbs, pumpkin and Ethiopian spices for $4 for a cup or $5.50 for a bowl.
247 Edgewood Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15218
Located in Edgewood, Curry Away is a fun Thai restaurant that serves a variety of Asian and eastern dishes. From spring rolls to duck salad to pad Thai, there are dishes for every adventurous palate. As its name implies, there are also a variety of curries to choose from on the menu. Among them is a pumpkin curry made with Asian pumpkins, basil and coconut milk for $10.95. The curry includes your choice of chicken, beef, pork, tofu or vegetable. You may also customize the spice level to your preference.
1114 Grandview Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15211
Located at the top of Mount Washington, LeMont offers five-star dining with sweeping views the beautiful Pittsburgh skyline and rivers. LeMont incorporates seasonal flavors into its menu on a regular basis. Among its fall dishes is a rich and creamy pumpkin bisque, which is served in a mini pumpkin. It is the perfect starter for your freshly prepared taste experience. As this dish is a special, be sure to call to see if it is available before making your reservations.
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Jennifer Stockdale is a native of the greater Pittsburgh, PA area. She is a restaurant marketer and wine enthusiast and one of the hosts of the East Coast Wine Geeks Podcast. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.