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It'll be hard to pick only a few favorites among the restaurants here in town. Whether you're looking for a big sit-down meal, a delicious pizza, Chinese takeout, or the perfect drink pairing after work, you'll find something to satisfy your tastebuds at any one of the unique establishments in Bellefonte.

TV-worthy Italian. Fresh-cut from the farm fries. Spirits from the spring. Beer brewed here. Whatever your pleasure, you’ll find it here.

Small but mighty is a good way to describe local dining in Bellefonte. Not one, but two to-die-for pizzerias grace our downtown, The Hofbrau and Pizza Mia. Both offer other order-worthy items, but you have to try the pizza. Trust us, you’ll be back. For more extensive Italian, there are four authentic spots, including recent Restaurant Impossible feature Mama Lucrezia’s, now remodeled and thriving. Lovers of a sweeter sauce and succulent steak sandwiches should check out Jim’s Italian Cuisine just around the corner and down the alley.

Speaking of cheesesteaks, while in town take a drive through the scenic Nittany Valley to the Hublersburg Inn, serving up a savory menu of burgers, award-winning wings, family-style Sunday dinners and yes, cheesesteaks. Locally-owned with locally-sourced food, “the Hubie” has a laid-back, country home atmosphere and authentically delicious meals, house-made pies and other desserts, plus craft beer on tap and a full bar.

Back in town, there’s “the pub," aptly named The Governor’s Pub (for the 7 Governors born and bred in Bellefonte), Cool Beans and the Café on Park for coffee, breakfast and lunch.

Last in on the local scene but far from least is Big Spring Spirits, Happy Valley’s first distillery specializing in vodka, rum and whiskey.  The unique drink menu combines fruit and herbs, sweets and even some salty options, and the atmosphere is warm and relaxed, with a "nice" weather patio right on the lawn of Talleyrand Park.