As summer 2016 approaches and the weather improves, many find themselves wanting to go out more and have some fun! The only problem is not knowing exactly where to go or what to do. I personally love going to Pittsburgh. The distance from home (Wheeling) is not bad, and it really is like being in a whole new world. I’ve always loved the big city setting. Although a trip to Pittsburgh never sounds like a bad idea, it definitely can be a bit overwhelming. It’s obvious that there are many options for fun in the city that vary from food, entertainment, parks, etc. In my experience, I’ve found that sometimes the way to have the most fun and the best story to tell is by is going up with no plans whatsoever!
I found this to be true when my boyfriend and I decided to go out one night with no plans in mind. When we got to downtown, we both decided that Italian food was the move. Not knowing of any places, I asked my iPhone for advice, “Siri, please direct me to the nearest Italian restaurant.” And off we went. Siri directed us to one about five miles away. We had no idea what we were getting into; that's what made it so much fun! It was like we were on a quest for Italian food. It truly felt like an adventure. We ended up at Pino’s Contemporary Italian Restaurant, a family owned business in the Shadyside area of Pittsburgh. It ended up being the best Italian food we’ve ever had! Both of us ordered the same dish of arrabbiata that consisted of sausage, chicken, hot banana peppers, Chianti wine, tomato sauce and casarecce pasta. Absolutely delicious! The atmosphere was great too. It was a very small, but tasteful, cozy place. We had a really nice time. Being spontaneous is never a bad decision. A night like this one made me thankful to be living in 2016. Modern technology, Siri, drove this night, literally. I look forward to more nights like this one, and I’d encourage anyone with a smart phone to act in this way, at least once. The hidden secrets of any place, like Pittsburgh, are sometimes at our fingertips and within our smartphones.