Zone 28 Has Many Entertainment Options; Three Floors of Flavors at Sienna Mercato (Tues., 1/7/20)

1) Zone 28 offers myriad spaces designed for fun. This entertainment complex contains 33 bowling lanes. After Dark Bowling is bowling for adults only on Friday and Saturday nights. It includes black lights, music, and drink specials at End Zone sports bar. Adults can also shoot pool, play arcade games, or take to the 3,000-square-foot laser tag arena. (These are available for children and the forever young during the day.) If one prefers a smaller space primed for mental gymnastics, Zone 28 houses two escape rooms. Hidden Below is set in an old Harmar mine where Andrew Carnegie’s treasure may be buried. Room 113 gives thrillseekers the chance to escape from a bloodied motel room. (Both escape rooms can be booked in advance.) All of this fun is sure to work up an appetite. Rail House Restaurant menu includes pizza, sandwiches, BBQ ribs, and salads. There are also special events every month, and Zone 28 is a great place to host a party, especially at its private Suite 28. In warmer months they feature 3,500 sq. ft. beer park with a 15 ft. theatre-style television, three covered cornhole courts, and two bocce courts. All the more reason to visit. 2525 Freeport Rd., Harmarville. (CM)

2) “This must be the place,” David Byrne of Talking Heads fame once sang. You’ll be singing the same tune upon entering Sienna Mercato. The restaurant’s first floor, Emporio, offers four different gourmet meatballs—classic beef, spicy pork, vegetarian, and chicken—and ten sauces, ranging from marinara to basil pesto cream. You can have your meatballs alone or on a bun, and with or without cheese. The second floor—Mezzo—features pastas and wood-fired pizza. Pizza varieties include traditional Margherita as well as more exotic fare, like short rib. Mezzo also has other offerings including desserts and charcuterie (plates of cured meats, artisan cheeses, pickled items, and preserves). Il Tetto, the rooftop beer garden, caps off  the Sienna Mercato experience. The garden has over 30 beers on tap, cocktails, and smaller dishes. Whether it’s sunny or snowing, patrons can always appreciate Pittsburgh’s skyscrapers, thanks to the garden’s retractable glass roof (awesome, right?). Don’t worry, an elevator is provided should all that food and drink impede mobility. 942 Penn Ave., Cultural District. (CM)