an older, working-class community in the southeast section of Pittsburgh, combines stately turn-of-the-century homes
with modern apartments spread throughout hilly terrain. Only 8 miles from downtown Pittsburgh, Munhall proudly enjoys a legacy spawned by Andrew Carnegie, who picked this location as the home to one of his famous libraries. The Carnegie Library of Homestead,
a stunning brick building with intriguing architecture, anchors the community with an athletic club, music hall and pool, attracting visitors and raising the spirits of residents.
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Restaurants & Nightlife
Dining options in Munhall consist mostly of pizzerias and delis and a few burger joints and Asian restaurants for good measure. Most restaurants in Munhall sit on Main Street, though a few are closer to the river.
When you order a pizza at Mama Pepino's, it comes with crust perfectly that hits the happy place between chewy and crispy. Locals recommend the Hawaiian style, but you can grab a hoagie if you're not in the mood for Italian pie. Mama's location on William Marks Way makes it an ideal choice for a quick bite before attending an event at the Library Music Hall.
Falce's Restaurant on Main Street serves classic American diner food with an emphasis on traditional and friendly service. Daily specials at great prices include your beverage and range from mushroom omelettes and sloppy Joes to pork stir-fry and fish sandwiches.
The Main Street Deli offers freshly baked bread and packs sandwiches with generous portions of meat. If you have a bottomless appetite, take the deli's "I-Beam Challenge" and demolish this massive sandwich in half an hour to win a free T-shirt. If your appetite is only moderate, choose from the menu of hoagies, wraps, gyros and salads. The Main Street Deli also delivers.
Nightlife in Munhall consists of the fun of a simple dive bar and the high-end classic entertainment of the Carnegie Library Music Hall, with not much in between. The Gameroom Lounge sits in a basement, where the bartender pours inexpensive drinks while you play old-school arcade games. The Library Music Hall features a full season of concerts ranging from classical to rock and pop in a beautiful 100-year-old venue.
History & Culture
Although the Munhall neighborhood of Pittsburgh was first settled in the late 1700s, it didn't come into its own until the late 1800s when steel foundries were established in the area. The Munhall brothers, members of a family that had long owned land in the area, were among those who subdivided the neighborhood to construct housing for the local steel workers. In the early 1900s, Andrew Carnegie hired Frederick Olmstead, who also designed New York's Central Park, to create this neighborhood centered around a park and containing one of the hundreds of libraries Carnegie built across the nation.
The Carnegie Library of Homestead still serves as the heart of this community. The library features author visits and many programs for kids and teens. Membership in the library's athletic club opens the door to exercise
classes and swimming pool access. Locals head to the Music Hall year-round for concerts and other events.
Port Authority buses run down either side of the Munhall neighborhood, connecting locals to the Allegheny County Airport and downtown Pittsburgh. Check the Port Authority website to get real-time information regarding bus arrivals. Locals tend not to walk or bike through the neighborhood because of the hills and the lack of bike lanes. You're more likely to find a cab or Uber driver in downtown Pittsburgh than in Munhall.
Pennsylvania State Route 885 connects the Munhall neighborhood to the rest of Allegheny County, which is good news for drivers. State Route 837 parallels the Monongahela River, and nearby U.S. Route 30 provides a gateway to the entire country, heading toward New Jersey in the east. While much of Pittsburgh utilizes metered parking, you can park on the streets of Munhall for free, even in the area around the Carnegie Library.
The cost of living in Munhall runs just 2 percent below that of Pittsburgh in general. Expect to pay about $1,286 for a one-bedroom
apartment here and $3 to $6 for a beer at a local pub. A gallon of gas costs 16 percent more than elsewhere in the country. Downtown T rides in Pittsburgh are free, but it costs $2.50 to take a bus from Munhall to downtown.
For major shopping expeditions, residents of Munhall travel slightly northwest to the huge big-box center known as the Waterfront. Office Depot, Best Buy, Costco, Target, The Gap, TJ Maxx and Barnes and Noble fill basic needs, and Dave and Busters provides a nice respite after a successful day of shopping.
You won't find many specialty shops in highly residential Munhall, but the ones in nearby Homestead are worth a look. Retro on 8th sells mid-century modern and Danish modern furniture as well as vintage collectibles, such as lunchboxes and Disneyana.
The Giant Eagle at the Waterfront serves as the primary grocery store for the neighborhood, and a few small corner markets provide staples. While no farmer's markets operate within Munhall's borders, you can go to Schneider's Dairy in Whitehall or Turner Dairy Farms in Squirrel Hill for tasty farm-fresh dairy products.
The Munhall neighborhood only has a few parks for residents to enjoy. Kennedy Park across the street from the Carnegie Library lets you relax with a freshly checked-out book while you enjoy an unexpected patch of greenery in a city setting. The library features a pool that is used to teach kids how to swim as well as an athletic club open to all. Come to Westfield Park, also known as the Munhall Recreation Center, for brightly lit baseball play and other recreational activities.
Westfield Park also provides a home to Pyrotopia, an annual festival celebrating exciting fire, light and electricity. Show up in May with your kids to enjoy games, experiments, art, interactive demonstrations and lively fireworks before retiring to the sanctity of your home within this lovely community.