Written by Alexander Jacob and Kyle Allred

Photos by  Alexander Jacob

Lawrenceville is currently a premier art, live music, and dining hub that attracts young and hip people who love live music. 


Cattivo, which is located right between the Allegheny River and Butler St. in Pittsburgh’s up and coming Lawrenceville neighborhood, has been in operation for over 20 years. The atmosphere inside has always been inclusive, friendly, and diverse. They proudly serve crafted homemade food made fresh daily. 

This young, hip place has live music and holds plenty of events to keep you busy. You want to go to a rock show? Or maybe a drag show? Perhaps a dance party? Or rock drag dance party show?  Down a flight of stairs and into a dark red room stands a wall of waving silver. Large acts and locals have graced the glimmering silver curtained stage. Metal, punk, hip-hop, EDM, Beyoncé and Lady Gaga Dance Parties – even the Plasmid band has had plenty of fun in Cattivo.

If listening to music or seeing shows isn’t your forte, then how about satisfying your taste buds with old brews and plenty of fresh food from Cattivo’s vibrant kitchen. Beautiful gourmet pizzas and calzones, stacked sandwiches ranging from fish to Italian and vegetarian, old classics like wings and nachos, and new classics like cheese fries and fried pickles. Most importantly, salads for the healthy, and meaty salads for the extra hungry.

While you wait for your food to arrive, there are old and classic games like pinball to keep you busy, and a pool table for the more competitive type. Service is quick and staff are friendly. 

Cattivo is a place that offers a welcoming and loving environment for everyone. From head bangers to rump shakers and hungry bar hoppers in search of delicious eats, Cattivo is Lawrenceville’s best hideout.


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