1601 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Since packing up and saying goodbye to my junior year of college, I’ve been hanging out at home for the past week. I’ve slept so much that I’ve almost paid off my sleep debt, and I’ve watched enough TV that my transformation into a human potato is almost complete. But I’ve also had a chance to catch up with some friends, and I had a particularly great time grabbing lunch with an old high school friend, Alex.
Alex has been running InTheRough since 2011, a website featuring commentary on pop culture in Pittsburgh (and elsewhere!), interviews with creative people, and reviews of events and music that he and his team have come across. It was great to chat with someone else who uses the internet to post thoughts and pictures, and so it made sense that we would have this conversation at the crazy popular restaurant, Gaucho Parrilla Argentina. It’s in the heart of the Strip District, and it boasts creative Argentinian flavors and a near-constant line out the door.
I tried the carne con pan (steak sandwich), which came with chimichurri (a green parsley, garlic, and oil sauce), caramelized onions and peppers, and steak (of course) on a thick cut of ciabatta bread. You get to choose the type of steak you want, and so I went with a medium flank cut. Not only was the steak perfectly tender, but the overall flavor of the sandwich was phenomenal. There were plenty of onions and peppers to complement the steak, and the sauce-infused ciabatta completed the package.
Alex tried the chicken salad, which came with field greens, radish, charred tomatoes, carrots, and caramelized onion. “The wood-fired grilled chicken that topped my salad had a smoky flavor reminiscent of the aroma at backyard cookouts,” he explained. “The mixed green lettuce matched with hearty vegetables, like asparagus, radish, and shredded carrots, and it made for a colorful crunch appropriately dressed with a house vinaigrette. I would have added fruit native to the restaurant’s Argentinian roots.”
The food was almost as good as the conversation, and sampling just one of the many items featured on Gaucho’s extensive menu absolutely makes me want to make another visit. There’s plenty of seating inside and out, so definitely give it a try the next time you’re in town!