By: Sarah Kovash

It’s here again! My favorite week for eating out: Restaurant Week!

Summer 2015 starts Monday, Aug. 10 and ends Sunday, Aug. 16.

I’ve had some amazing meals on the cheap during the past few restaurant weeks, and I’m looking forward to trying out some new spots this summer.

As I’ve explained in the past (if you’re unfamiliar), it’s often a great way to try pricier restaurants for less money – or try something you can’t usually get at one of your favorite places! Most restaurants offer multiple course menus for around $20 or $30, but you can check the prices here.

Here are some places that I’m excited about and have a particularly mouthwatering menu.

Lola Bistro (North Side) – I went here for the past winter restaurant week and had the most amazing pasta dish. I try to mix it up each restaurant week to try new places, but I’m really tempted by their pork roulade stuffed with pistachios and herbs, served with Grecian potato salad (what makes it Grecian? I don’t know, but I want to find out!). You’ll also get a garden veggie salad with grilled nectarines and focaccia, as well as ramp leaf-infused gnocchi for $30.15.

Tako (Downtown) – I have to include Tako, since it’s still one of the newest and most popular restaurants — especially downtown. Plus the food really is amazing! For Restaurant Week, they’re not offering anything off of their regular menu, but if you haven’t been yet it’s a great way to try their delish tacos! For $35.15 you get a small plate to share and tacos for two. My favorites are the Korean and Mushroom tacos.

San Lorenzo Ristorante (Lawrenceville) – This place is offering great Italian dishes and all for $25.15. You can choose from aranchini or artichokes romano as apps, then a bunch of different dishes. I’m really excited about the gnocchi with white truffle oil, arugula and parmesean. If you’re not feeling pasta, there’s also a chicken Milanese with corn risotto, zucchini and yellow squash. You’ll also get dessert for two!

Paris 66 (Shadyside) – This is the place to go for delicious French food. For lunch you can get soup or a goat cheese salad, and choose from several classics like quiche, moules mariniere or chicken breast in mustard sauce — plus dessert! And for dinner you’ll get amuse bouche (chef’s choice), an app of French onion soup or salmon carpaccio, then steak frites, salmon or a crepe. Also comes with dessert.

Bistro 19 (Mt. Lebanon) – For slightly fancier fare, and a great deal, check out this popular Mt. Lebo spot! There’s an amazing dinner selection including items like fish with orzo and smoked paprika aioli, an herb leek heirloom tomato tart with olive basil tapenade (just kill me!). But I have to say I’m super excited for their lunch! It’s only $20.15 and you get a salad or soup, and I’m dying to try the brie, peach and prociutto grilled cheese with torelleni salad — plus you also get dessert.

Be sure to check out the full list of restaurants here.

You can also check out my recommendations from the last Restaurant Week here.

What will you be trying during Restaurant Week?


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