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The Strip Show (Special Interest/Produce Yards & Shopping)


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: C+     Main Program: B



Despite the racy-sounding title, there is noting sexual and XXX rated about The Strip Show.  This “strip” is a section near the river and business district of Downtown Pittsburgh with an exceptional amount of specialty stores, especially when it comes to food.  Between the restaurants, clubs and markets, it is an ever-amazing place that has changed a bit since the show was first broadcast and produced in 1996.


This 2004 DVD updates the program a bit, yet there have been some more changes since that have actually added some nice new food places.  Being near the river helps bring in fresh product quickly, but the rich influx of trucks loaded with goodies helps.  There is even a train nearby, so wholesale sales are huge.  The great food and shopping brings people together in a great mood, which makes visiting it additionally fun.  So is this program, which rightly remains one of Sebak’s favorites.


DeLuca’s and Jo Jo’s are amazing breakfast spots, the Sunseri/Pennsylvania Macaroni Company is a great place to go for fresh food and bread, though they recently have found themselves in competition with a Mancini’s outlet with amazing bread of their own, as covered in Pittsburgh A To Z as also reviewed on this site.  Sunseri makes their own cheeses.  We also hear about the early days when more industry existed in the area in relation to steel production.  The food is endless and too much to go into here, but will not disappoint food fans, even having street venders.  It is also a place for novelties, though not like it used to be.


Once again, the 1.33 X 1 full screen image was shot in professional NTSC analog tape and looks very good considering that.  Over and over again, these DVDs look so good and have been mastered very carefully so rewatchability is always a pleasure.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo is simple, but clean and clear.  Extras include the usual previews for this show, other national show and installments of The Pittsburgh Series, all with Mr. Sebak.  Additional extras include the Klavon’s Ice Cream update also on An Ice Cream Show (elsewhere on this site), a segment on the year-end holiday in The Strip from Happy Holidays In Pittsburgh (also on this site), fish sandwiches from Roland’s Seafood Grill from (again) Pittsburgh A To Z, and a local radio personality’s additional thoughts on the area from the main program.  That show runs 75 minutes and the DVD has a few more extras than usual says something about the rich ness of the show.  We recommend it highly.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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