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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
Buenos Aires Sweet Alfoajores
Buenos Aires Sweet Alfoajores is a business that makes homemade alfajor as well as other authentic Argentinian sweets. Their creations can be found in several LAtino-owned businesses around PGH, such as Gaucho and Mi Empanada.
Contact: (412) 378-6583
Las Velas is a Mexican restaurant owned by David Montanez. It opened in 2009 and is located in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh. David, who was born and raised in Mexico City and then moved to the Riviera Maya, has the goal of creating dishes that are inspired by both Mexico City and the Riviera Maya.
Location: Address: 21 Market Square, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Mendoza Express is a Mexican restaurant in PGH that has been serving authentic Mexican food for over ten years.
Location: 812 Mansfield Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15205
Azul Bar y Cantina
Azul Bar y Cantina is a restaurant that serves authentic Mexican food. SInce Cinco de Mayo in 2005, the owners Angus and Donna Peterkin have been fulfilling their mission to provide the freshest, most flavorful and authentic mexican foods and beverages.
Location: Address: 122 Broad St., Leetsdale, PA 15056
Round Corner Cantina
Round Corner Cantina is a Mexican restaurant that specilizies in tacos and tequila. Located on Butler Street, this restuarant has indoor seating as well as a back porch to enjoy their food outside.
Location: Address: 3720 Butler Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15201
El Campesino Mexican Restaurant
El Campesino is a family owned Mexican restaurant. With two locations in the Pittsburgh area, El Campesino has been able to serve Mexican cuisine for twenty years.
Location: Address: 4771 Mcknight Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237 and Jonnet Plaza 4097, William Penn Highway, Monroeville, PA 15146
El Paisano Restaurant
El Paisano is a Mexican restaurant that opened in Pittsburgh in 2016. They have been serving fresh and homemade mexican food to the PGH population for 5 years now.
Location: 1542 Beechview Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15216
El Paso Mexican Grill
El Paso Mexican Grill is a restaurant that has the mission of being the bridge between two cultures- Mexican and American. It is owned by a group of friends who were all working in different restaurants and then decided to join together to create their own restaurant. They have been able to establish two locations, in Bridgeville and Bethel Park, to share their Mexican-American cuisine.
Location: Address: 1778 N Highland Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15317 and 1155 Washington Pike Ste 61 PA, 15017
Patron Mexican Grill
Patron Mexican Grill is locally owned by Marin Bolanos. Since it opened in 2007, it has been able to establish several locations in Allegheny County. Patron Mexican Grill serves authentic Mexican food, using locally grown ingredients and house made salsas. They also have a wide variety of tequila.
Location: 1) 135 S Highland Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 2) 245 Mall Blvd, Monroeville, PA 3) 11675 Perry Highway, Wexford, PA 4) 1141 Freeport Road, Pittsburgh, PA
Marisqueria Insomnia is a Mexican seafood restaurant that provides both delivery and takeout. For dining in, they host a variety of entertainment events that can be found on their Facebook page.
Location: Address: 810 Brookline Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15226
Tango Food Truck
Tango Food Truck serves authentic Argentinian food and always makes sure to provide their chimichurri sauce.
Contact: (412) 641-0110
Mi Empanada was once a catering business, but the owners decided to move from catering to restaurant in 2020. They sell traditional Argentinian empanadas along with other Argentinian Cuisine and locally sourced South American pastries.
Location: 4034 Butler St., Pittsburgh, PA 15201
Kaya is a Caribbean restaurant that serves dishes inspired by both the sea and the sun. Using fresh ingrediants for over twenty years, Kaya attempts to incorporate culinary customs from the Caribbean islands, South America, The Pacific and beyond.
Location: 2000 Smallman St., Pittsburgh, Pa 15222
Texas de Brazil
Texas de Brazil is an upscale Brazilian Steakhouse, known as a churrascaria in Brazil. They serve fresh meat and poultry, cooked to your liking.
Location: 240 W. Station Square Drive, Suite D1, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Tu y Yo Cafe
Tu y Yo Cafe is a coffee shop that serves coffee from different Latin American countries along with Latin American snacks and sweets.
Location: 3447 Harts Run Rd., Glenshaw, PA 15116
Bea Taco Town
Bea Taco Town is a restaurant that serves authentic mexican food. They pride themselves on their fresh tacos but also serve other delicious Mexican cuisine.
Location: 110 Smithfield St., Pittsburgh, Pa 15222
California Taco Shop
California Taco Shop is a Mexican restuarant that specializes in tacos.
Location: 890 Butler St., Pittsburgh, PA 15223
El Gusto Criollo International
El Gusto Criollo International is a catering business that can serve events as well as provide a food truck. They serve authentic food from the Caribean and Latin American countries.
Contact: (412) 498-5371
La Catrina Mexican Food
La Catrina Mexican Food is a business with a restaurant location as well as a food truck called "Catrina on wheels". They serve authentic Mexican food, such as tacos, burritos, street corn, and more.
Contact: (412) 425-0352
Panca is a catering business as well as a food stand. The owner Bruno had a life-long dream of sharing Peruvian cusine with the world. Now he finally can with the catering of his Peruvian gourmet sandwiches.
Contact: (412) 945-7378
Alquisiras Paleteria is both a Mexican restaurant and an ice cream shop. They serve authentic Mexican food as well as desserts.
Location: 2056 Broadway Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15216
El Burro Comedor is a restaurant that combines Cal-Mex and authentic Mexican cuisine. They offer a wide variety of food ranging from tacos to burritos to chilaquiles at both of their locations and also offer catering services.
Location 1: 1108 Federal St. , Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Location 2: 113 South Braddock Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15218
Doce Taqueria is a restaurant and catering service, that serves authentic Mexican street food with a mix of Los Angeles inspiration.
Location 1: 1302 E Carson St, Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Location 2: 4826 McKnight Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237
Los Cabos Mexican Restaurant
Los Cabos Mexican Restaurant offers a wide variety of delicious food that combines Mexican food that is already well known and loved, by the public in general with other more particular traditional Mexican dishes.
Location: 4110 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15224
Linzy's Macetas Pottery
1662 Broadway Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15216.
Paititi Inti Art & Hand Crafts
1823 Murray Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217.
PachaMama Divine Connection Cultural Gift Store
2031 Inverness Greens Dr., Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Caribbean Village in Monroeville Mall
200 Mall Cir Dr., Monroeville, PA 15146
Costa Ricart Gallery
1000 S Braddock Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15218
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.