It’s been said that George Washington once used “a field of many blooms” to describe Bloomfield’s once-abounding greenery. But today, Pittsburgh’s Little Italy is celebrated for a different kind of landscape. Marked by its Italian heritage and customary row houses, this neighborly haven is among the most welcoming and authentic in Pittsburgh. Connected to Polish Hill by its namesake bridge, Bloomfield is equally walkable from bordering Lawrenceville, Garfield, Friendship, and Shadyside. Lining Liberty Avenue are dozens of mom-and-pop restaurants, taverns, and markets, both long-standing and new. Come August, the entire street will transform into a festival ground for the annual music- and cannoli-filled Little Italy Days. It’s a must-see, and never mind if you’ve no connection to Italy. In this part of town, everyone’s family. On the restaurant front, this spot has proven its diversity well beyond meatballs and marinara (though you’re sure to find both in excess).