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Maggie Gyllenhaal (left), Rosie Perez and Viola Davis in a scene from Won’t Back Down, which was filmed in Pittsburgh.
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“Pittsburgh gets a bad rap,” says Rosie Perez, who got comfortable in Pennsylvania’s second-largest city while shooting her new drama, Won’t Back Down, about the country’s education crisis. “One of my pleasures in life is eating, but I’m a New York City gal, so I’m picky. High-end and low-end, Pittsburgh has great food.” Here, Perez shares her favorite Steel City eats and hangs.

Point State Park
“I loved the bridges and the glittering of the lights on the water in between. Every single night, I would go outside and walk along the river in this lovely park. It was a great way to unwind at the end of the day.”

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One of Rosie Perez’s favorite places to visit in Pittsburgh is The Andy Warhol Museum.
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“The teamsters brought these disgustingly good sandwiches to set. It was basically a heart attack in between two pieces of bread, but it was unbelievable. It had fried fish, coleslaw, globs of mayonnaise and french fries — all on one sandwich! I was like, ‘I’m going to die, but I’m going to die happy!’ ”

The Andy Warhol Museum
“It was just amazing. I ended up appreciating his art a lot more. A must-see.”

“Holly Hunter took us here. It was fancy, upscale Americana. I ordered pierogies, because that’s what Pittsburgh is known for, and they were just absolutely delicious.”