Yinzersknew long before the rest of the country thatPittsburgh is one of the best food cities in America. Between the pizza (no matter if you’re teamMineo’sor teamFiori) the French fry-stuffed sandwiches, and thebest cake in America, Pittsburgh doesn’t need a trendy food scene to compete with other cities in the U.S.
But now the city is home to both the traditional, stick-to-your ribs fare that was shaped by the immigrants and the workers of city, and new, exciting restaurants that are making food that’s personal and inventive.
We talked to a couple of the city’s beloved chefs ― Justin Severino ofCureandMorcilla, and Curtis Gamble ofStation― to get to the bottom of what makes this city’s food so great. And what we learned is that we have a lot to learn from this culinary city.
Here are 10 food truths you’ll understand if you’re from Pittsburgh, and a whole lot of reasons to visit the city of bridges if you’re not (and by visit we mean feast).
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This article originally appeared on HuffPost.