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Annual Community Events
Latin American and Caribbean Festival
The University of Pittsburgh Center for Latin American Studies organizes a festival usually in April every year for the Latino community in the city. There are food stands and merchandise stands as well as performances by Latino artists and groups.
PHDC is a Sponsor.
Cinco de Mayo Festival
Beechview usually hosts the Annual "Cinco de Mayo Festival" in May at Las Palmas Mexican Store Parking Garage. Also, Latino restaurants throughout the city offer food and drink specials as well as activities for the holiday.
PHDC is the organizer of this festival.
This picnic is hosted yearly by the Latin American Cultural Union (LACU) usually in the summer for Latin families to come together and enjoy a taste of home food. LACU provides the venue and organizes games and performances from 12pm-7pm. This picnic is also a way for individuals to network and learn about Latin programs and events by other Latino non-profits.
PHDC has partnered in the recent years with LACU to organize this event.
Event usually hosted in the summer. Taquerias and food trucks from all around the city gather in downtown Pittsburg and compete for the title of best taco in the city.
PHDC is one of the organizers and sponsor.
Day of the Dead
Events usually hosted on the first and second days of November. Latino restaurants throughout the city offer food and drink specials as well as activities for the holiday. Churches offer special masses to honor the recently deceased.
PHDC Sponsors various events.
Latino Owned Businesses
Las Palmas (Mexican Market/ Taco Stand)
Las Palmas is a market/ restaurant Latino owned and run that now has three locations around the city. Their original and very first store is located in Brookline. Las Palmas is the "go to" market for many Latino and non-Latino residents in Pittsburgh.
Beechview Location: 700 Brookline Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15226
Cilantro & Ajo
Cilantro & Ajo was founded by Marlyn and Anthony a Venezuelan couple that shares a love for the traditional food of their country. They opened this restaurant in 2018 with the hope of sharing part of the Venezuelan culture with the community in the city through their traditional recipes and delectable food.
Location: 901 E Carson St, Pittsburgh, PA 15203
The Colombian Spot
The Colombian Spot is a family run business opened in 2015 with the intent to give Pittsburgh a real taste of Colombian food. This restaurant offers arepas and other native Colombian dishes full of traditional ingredients and flavors.
Location: 2019 E Carson St, Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Totopo is a Latino owned and run restaurant in Pittsburgh that started in Dormont. Since its grand opening the owners have also opened Tocayo which is a smaller version of the original restaurant located in Shadyside. Both of these establishments offer great food and creative drinks as well as spice to the everyday routine in the city.
Location: 660 Washington Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15228
Casa Brazil brings the best flavors of Brazilian home cooking to Pittsburgh. Casa Brazil has "residência" which is a program that allows different chefs to host pop-up dinners in there restaurant. This program helps get recognition for international chefs that are new to the city.
Location: 5904 Bryant St, Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Fogo de Chão
Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse is a chain restaurant that opened its first location in Porto Alegre, Brazil in 1979. Fogo is known for their grilling method "Churrasco" which is a traditional Brazilian grilling style. Fogo expanded to the US in 1987 with the first location opening up in Dallas, Texas. This charrusqueria continues offering delicious grilled meat an authentic Brazilian cuisine.
Location: 525 Smithfield St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Chicken Latino was opened by Shelby Santos in 2007 and has been providing The inhabitants of Pittsburgh with traditionally roasted Peruvian chicken. "special wood-fired brick oven from Peru that enables her to cook special dishes in authentic Peruvian style. With her oven and recipes from home, Santos has brought a unique Latino flavor to a neighborhood known for great food" (Chicken Latino, 2020)
Location: 2100 Broadway Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15216
Reyna Foods opened its doors in 1988 as one of the only ethnic food spot in the city. Nicola Dicio started this business to diversify the culture in the city by offering Mexican goods and cuisine. Reyna Foods provides has provided the Latino community good food and familiar products for the past 22 years and hopefully many more to come.
Location: 2031 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
El Comedor de la Tia
El Comedor de la Tia is a Salvadoran restaurant that opened up this year with the help of PHDC. They offer delicious food and refreshing drinks for great prices.
Location: 1605 Broadway Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15216
"La Feria is two things, a restaurant serving mainly Peruvian cuisine, and a shop/ gallery selling Peruvian clothing and folk art. We opened in 1993 as a joint venture between Pamela Cohen and Gail Klingensmith of Pamela’s Restaurants and Peruvian Luisa Porras." (La Feria)
Location: 5527 Walnut St # 2, Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Con Alma is a restaurant and jazz bar inspired by the rich heritage of jazz in Pittsburgh. Con Alma, which means “with soul,” seeks to return jazz to its rightful place at the forefront of the local music scene while providing patrons with some of the best food and drinks the city has to offer. Con Alma showcases current Pittsburgh musicians, with live jazz seven nights a week including their Latin Jazz Sundays.
Location: Address: 5884 Ellsworth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Yolanda's Hair Design
Yolanda’s Hair Design is run by Yolanda Cardilo an Italian -Venezuelan stylist and has been providing high-quality haircare services in Pittsburgh’s Little Italy for nearly 18 years. Yolanda's offers their clients all the services of a full-service salon with the added bonus of being a multi-lingual establishment ( Italian, Spanish, and English).
Location: Address: 4606 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15224
Linzy's Macetas Pottery
1662 Broadway Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15216.
Latino Organizations & Programs
Casa San Jose
Latino Community Center (LCC)
CLAS: Center for Latin American Students
CLAS plays a fundamental role in the exchange of information and experiences in Latin America to educators both at the university level and from kindergarten to secondary (K-12), the professional community and the general public as part of its mission of Public Service of Education (Outreach).
Cultural Organization for Educational and Social Actions (COESA)
Latin American Culture Union (LACU)
A platform that focuses on increasing the visibility of Latinos in the community and promoting Latino culture in the region. They support events throughout Pittsburgh to overcome cultural barriers by improving communication and understanding between the Latin American community and other communities in the area.
St. Regis Church
Offers a Catholic Mass in Spanish every week (South Oakland)
Location: 3235 Parkview Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
St. Catalina Siena Church
Offers a Catholic Mass in Spanish every week (Beechview)
Location: 1810 Belasco Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15216
Cristiana Sion Church
Offers a Catholic Mass in Spanish every week (Brookline)
Location: 1462 Brookline Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15226
Health Clinic for Children (Salud para niños)
Offers services and activities aimed at prevention and empowerment of the community about their own health. Some of the activities and services they offer include immunizations and free bilingual pediatric primary care, bilingual literacy program, reading materials and information on health promotion for parents in Spanish, injury prevention programs.
Blogs & Social Media Resources
Calle Pittsburgh (WRCT)
An hour-long weekly community radio broadcast in Spanish on WRCT 88.3 FM
Latinos in Pittsburgh Group
This Facebook group is used to promote Latino culture as well as businesses, and programs. We are here to help each other in the city of Pittsburgh and within 100 miles of it. We promote Social Events, Jobs, Artists, Doctors, Lawyers, Employers, Newspapers, News. In short, any advertising tool that can serve the community in some way to establish a more united society.