For True Blood’s Joe Manganiello a true vacation means returning to his hometown of Pittsburgh. Below in an article for Vanity Fair, where Joe shares his insider itinerary—from sandwiches at Primanti Bros., to visiting the Andy Warhol museum, to hanging with the Steelers.
To get away from it all, I go to . . . Pittsburgh, a.k.a., home.
My favorite place to stay is . . . The Renaissance Hotel. The three-story vaulted lobby used to be a club called Heaven, which was and still is the most impressively beautiful club I’ve ever seen. I was a bouncer there during summers while in college. Staying at the Renaissance is a fantastic reminder of how far I’ve come.
My favorite travel pastime is . . . Angry Birds.
When I’m in the mood for room service, my favorite order is . . . The Renaissance once made me a special tray of chocolate-covered strawberries that I’ve been thinking about ever since.
Upon arrival, I most look forward to . . . Listening to whatever new playlist I’ve come up with. I love music.
My favorite places to indulge in a delicious local meal are . . . I go straight from the airport to Primanti Bros. Restaurant in the Strip district. They recently painted my caricature on their Pittsburgh wall of fame, and I can’t wait to see it! I also hit Mike & Tony’s Gyros on the South Side, Mineo’s Pizza House in Mount Lebanon, 720 Café for Sunday brunch, Pamela’s Diner for breakfast, Fiori’s Pizzeria for pizza with cold cheese on top, Samurai on Greentree Road, and Savoy—former Steeler Chuck Sanders’s place in the Strip. Both of my parents are also phenomenal cooks.
To stay in shape, my on-the-go fitness regime is . . . My buddy Steve hits the weights hard back home, so I train with him when I’m there.
My suitcase must absolutely contain . . . My Terrible Towels and my Steelers jerseys.
To read more of Joe’s love for his home town, go to: vanityfair.com