The weather was perfect and a gorgeous sunset greeted us as we entered the city.
Pittsburgh is known as the "City of Bridges." Literally, there are hundreds within the city limits and almost two thousand in Allegheny County. Some say that Pittsburgh boasts more bridges then Venice, Italy. Crazy, right? Well, I guess there has to be some way over the three rivers that flow through the city.
Once we settled into our hotel, we took a shuttle over to the Strip District to what is now one of our favorite restaurants, Lidia's Italy, where we had a reservation for 8:30 p.m. This would only be the second time we've dined there, though we did eat at Becco, in NYC, Lidia's son's restaurant, and enjoyed another amazing meal there last December. At both places, I've ordered the Pasta Tasting Trio in which you get an unlimited amount of three types of pasta, a salad and a dessert. The pasta is creatively prepared, tastes amazing and the atmosphere is great. I would highly recommend checking either one out.
After our meal, we went back to our hotel to catch a good night's sleep before the big day. We headed back to the Strip district for breakfast at De Luca's, a popular Pittsburgh Restaurant. We arrived early, because there is always a line on game days. We had a little extra fun that morning because we met some good friends of ours from our hometown. I ordered a pumpkin waffle and a side of bacon. They are known for their breakfasts and you always leave filled. I certainly would recommend that pumpkin waffle!
The game didn't start til 4:30, so we had plenty of time to wander the city.
We crossed the Roberto Clemente bridge (also known as the Sixth Street Bridge) to walk into downtown.
We walked around PNC Park, home to the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball team.
We stuffed ourselves for lunch again with sandwiches from Primanti Brothers, because, let's be honest, who can be in Pittsburgh without stopping into Primanti's.
And finally, it was time to get ourselves to Heinz field. The girls were so excited they could barely stand it. It is pretty exciting when you're in a sea of black & gold jerseys filtering into the stadium.
The girls supported with some fancy face paint topped off with sparkles.
And finally ... it was game time!! We never sat in the end zone before, but really, our seats were fantastic! I took these photos with my iPhone, so you'll have to excuse the quality, but what a view!
The Steelers played the Jets and ... please don't hate me if you're a Jets fan ... the Steelers played a great game! The game was intense at times which made for an exciting game and our guys pulled out a win 27-12!
It was a terrific day and a wonderful weekend away with our family.
I guess this was a "Wordy Wednesday" post, which is about the norm for me. :)