As Pittsburgh welcomes fall, the city’s autumn traditions are in full swing. Think colorful foliage drives, cozy bonfires — and that unmistakable pumpkin spice scent in the air.
Here are some of the city’s most delectable pumpkin-flavored offerings that go far beyond the basic pumpkin spice latte.
Boozy cheesecake from Fig & Ash
514 E. Ohio St., North Side
Fig & Ash is a stunning restaurant born from a total renovation. The restaurant exudes warmth, thanks to its custom wood-fired oven and modern design.
While Fig & Ash boasts an impressive menu year-round, the pumpkin cheesecake steals the show, come fall.
Crafted by the owner’s wife, Kate Hughes, the indulgent dessert is not for teetotalers — it is topped with Kahlua whipped cream and chocolate-covered espresso beans. Autumn bliss!
Crisp cider from Arsenal Cider House
300 39th St., Lawrenceville; 2905 West Liberty Ave., Dormont; 2537 Brandt School Road, Wexford (Soergel Orchards)
The original Lawrenceville location of Arsenal Cider House feels straight out of a bygone era. Located just steps away from the historic Allegheny Arsenal, this Civil War-themed winery has been serving up small-batch, hand-crafted hard apple cider for more than a decade. Among the seasonal offerings, Grant’s Flying Pumpkin cider reigns supreme.
“We convert the ‘non-pumpkin’ people every season,” says co-owner Michelle Larkin.
Classic apple goodness infused with spices that evoke thoughts of pumpkin pie, this cider boasts an 8.4% ABV to keep you warm on those chilly fall evenings.
Pumpkin drinks and dessert from Bae Bae’s Cafe
945 Liberty Ave., Downtown
Bae Bae’s Cafe is an eclectic, vibrant space that dishes up Korean-inspired food and a wide range of drinks — from herbal concoctions to caffeinated brews to potent cocktails. Given the season, pumpkin takes center stage in a variety of delightful creations.
For starters, there’s the creamy Pumpkin Panna Cotta with whipped cream and a salted graham crumble. Want something stronger? Try the spirited Pumpkin Me Up! cocktail featuring Haku Japanese vodka, Maggie’s Farm coffee liqueur, pumpkin-infused Bae’s mix, pumpkin spice, and whipped cream.
Last but not least, there’s Pumpkin Iced Coffee, made with house-brewed Vietnamese coffee, pumpkin-infused Bae’s mix and baking spices.
Gnocchi Pumpkin Bowl from DiAnoia’s Eatery
2549 Penn Ave., Strip District
DiAnoia’s Eatery has consistently earned accolades, making it a Pittsburgh favorite. During the month of October, it offers the Gnocchi Pumpkin Bowl. Served inside a freshly roasted pumpkin, this dish is a pumpkin lover’s dream come true.
House-made potato gnocchi doused in a sumptuous pumpkin cream sauce infused with cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice — and topped with a trifecta of cheeses and fresh basil — it’s a flavor explosion in a pumpkin shell.
African-inspired pumpkin stew from EYV restaurant
424 E. Ohio St., North Side
Venture to the Deutschtown neighborhood and you’ll discover EYV, a vegetable-forward restaurant that celebrates the bounty of Western Pennsylvania and East Ohio farms.
This fall, they’re serving a pumpkin soup reminiscent of Miyan Taushe, a savory Nigerian pumpkin stew. This African-inspired pumpkin soup is a journey through global flavors. It is delicately seasoned with coconut milk, ginger, chili, and a touch of peanut butter, creating a delightful fusion of tastes. The garnish, including spiced peanuts, fried shrimp, yogurt, and aromatic herbs, adds layers of complexity, resulting in a dish that celebrates diversity while paying homage to the autumn harvest.
Pumpkin cannoli from Pizzeria Davide
2551 Penn Ave. (rear), Strip District
Pizzeria Davide, renowned for its Old World and New York-style pizza, serves up some delish Pumpkin Cannoli this time of the year. These treats are filled with a rich mixture of pumpkin, ricotta, and pumpkin spice, and then dipped in chocolate.
Available from October to November, this dessert speaks to the season.
Using pumpkin in the kitchen
Last but not least, elevate your home-cooked fall feasts with Steel City Salt Company’s pumpkin pie spiced sugar. It’s not just for pie; sprinkle it on everything from cookies to coffee for an instant autumn upgrade. Available at the company’s locations in Millvale and the Strip District, as well as online and from a variety of retailers.