Meet Francesca – The Incline’s Local Director

Francesca Dabecco editor journalist director Pittsburgh The InclineFavorite local team I can get behind
While it’s practically sacrilegious to live in Pittsburgh and not be a massive sports fan, I’m afraid that’s me. With that said, I do really enjoy watching the Penguins with my partner. He fell hard for Pittsburgh hockey when he moved here and they won back-to-back Stanley Cups in 2016 and 2017. Pre-pandemic, we loved snagging last-minute (cheaper) tickets to a game and walking into the city.

One thing you wish locals would stop doing
Jumping in the rivers. Yinz know it’s not sanitary, right?

A hill I’d die on
The North Side is the best side. (But I really do love all of the ‘Burgh!)

Unpopular opinion but
There are far better sandwiches in Pittsburgh than Primanti Bros. (Gasp! I said it.) One of my favorites? A banh mi from Lucy’s stand in the Strip District.

My perfect Pittsburgh day (summer edition) includes these three stops

• An iced oatmilk lavender latte from Commonplace Coffee or Adda Coffee & Tea House
• A walk/bike ride along the Allegheny Riverfront Trail
• A farm-fresh, riverside dinner at Farmer x Baker in Aspinwall

A friend visits from out of town. I’m not letting them leave without
Trying the Korean food from Bae Bae’s Kitchen or seeing the city skyline from a ride on The Incline, of course.

On any given weekend, you can find me
Trying new food around ‘tahn, hiking in Pittsburgh parks, or tending to my little city garden.

If I had to give a vote for Pittsburgh’s hidden gem
It’d go to my neighborhood bar, Leo., A Public House. Michael always has inventive drinks, delicious sandos, and good vibes.

I wish Pittsburgh had more/less _________

More equity among our communities…. Less gentrification!

Pittsburgh should pay more attention to

I have to say it: local journalism and storytellers. We have so many amazing writers, creators, and artists in our community who are capturing the essence of our city and shaping the narrative of the future of Pittsburgh.

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Francesca Dabecco is The Incline’s director. She brings writing experience, marketing expertise, and a big love for her hometown of Pittsburgh. Francesca’s a writer with an endless curiosity for her city and the people and places that make it so special. Her metaphorical newsroom office door is always open for questions, news leads, tips, and hellos at [email protected]