Pittsburgh food in March: What’s opening and what’s closing

A Downtown food boom.

Downtown lunch plans.

Downtown lunch plans.

Rossilynne Culgan / The Incline
Rossilynne Culgan

Updated 7:30 p.m. March 6

Downtown saw the most new openings in the past month, welcoming a casual bar, a seafood lunch spot, a beloved bakery and a food hall.

In Lawrenceville, a once-roving pizza shop established roots and a French restaurant moved in, while next door, the renowned Morcilla is closed for renovations after a massive flood.

Here’s what’s new for this month (and what you might have missed last month).


Oxford Market, Downtown

Operating on the plaza-level of One Oxford Centre, this food hall is now open to serve weekday breakfast and lunch. It features Asian cuisine, Italian fare and a grill for burgers and sandwiches, plus rotating “Guestaurants” with appearances from local chefs.

oxford market
Courtesy of Oxford Market

Penn Cove, Downtown

Led by the team behind Penn Avenue Fish Co., The Penn Cove Eatery is serving up soup, sushi, salads and seafood-focused dishes for walk-up ordering. It’s open on weekdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the Downtown lunchtime crowd.

The Warren, Downtown

Attached to Penn Cove, The Warren is the brainchild of two craft cocktail pros. It’s a neighborhood bar featuring cocktails like the “Cloven Hoof” and the “Amaro’s A Day Away.”

La Gourmandine, Downtown

This superb sweet spot opened up a Downtown location for all of your croissant and bread and pastry needs.

Poulet Bleu, Lawrenceville

The latest venture from Richard DeShantz (the guy behind Butcher & The Rye, Meat & Potatoes, Pork & Beans, and Tako) has opened a French concept along Butler Street. Be sure to save room for dessert(s), which are already getting rave reviews.

Driftwood Oven, Lawrenceville

After a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign, the roving pizza shop Driftwood Oven has established roots in Lawrenceville along Butler Street. Known for its sourdough pizza, the shop churns out classic pies and seasonal offerings.

Carmi, South Side

Carmi Soul Food Restaurant moved to the South Side, and you can hear the story behind their dishes in this WQED video.