Michael Bonaventura: Pursuing Love and Pasta in Pittsburgh

Michael Bonaventura: Pursuing Love and Pasta in Pittsburgh

When Michael Bonaventura arrived in Pittsburgh in 1983, the city’s steel industry had bottom out, but Michael’s life was on the rise. He had come here to purse two dreams: marrying his beautiful Pittsburgh fiancée, Antoinette, and becoming a well-respected chef. Happily, both of those dreams have come true. Michael married Antoinette, and they are the owners of the renowned restaurant The Gran Canal in

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The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh

The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh

The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh is categorized as a fantasy, and its premise is that Pittsburgh has a major league basketball team that has a chance to start winning its games. After you accept that fantasy, you have to buy into the idea that a major league franchise can be owned and operated by someone with limited mental ability. OK, maybe the first two aren’t

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Pittsburgh Theatre Companies

Pittsburgh Theatre Companies

  Pittsburgh has a vibrant theatrical scene. While the big production companies often spring to mind first, there are many smaller theatrical companies in the area that stage first-class productions. Some are affiliated with their own theaters, while most take their show on the road and appear at different venues. Below are some noteworthy theatre companies in our area that help to make our area

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The Best of Westmoreland County

The Best of Westmoreland County

Westmoreland County is where it’s at if you like natural, beautiful surroundings, affordable housing and taxes, numerous parks and opportunities for recreation, and history. Located to the east of Allegheny County, Westmoreland County combines the best of both worlds: rural life and the amenities of metropolitan areas. Below are some of the things Westmoreland County has going for it. Arnold Palmer Regional Airport With plentiful

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The Mothman Prophecies

The Mothman Prophecies

  Although the story of the The Mothman Prophecies is set briefly in Washington, D.C., and mostly in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, the film was shot primarily in Western Pennsylvania. So we consider this a “Pittsburgh movie.” The Mothman Prophecies was released in 2002 and is based on a book by the same name written by parapsychologist John Keel. The movie stars Richard Gere as

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Pittsburgh Dad Is Quintessentially Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Dad Is Quintessentially Pittsburgh

They say there’s a grain of truth in all humor. If so, then Curt Wooten and Chris Preksta, the creative team behind the beloved Pittsburgh Dad, have harvested enough grains from their humor to make a loaf of Town Talk bread. Pittsburgh Dad is the online sitcom that captures the essence of what Pittsburgh fathers are like. Wooten, who dons aviator glasses and combs his

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Gone Fishin’

Gone Fishin'

Excluding salt-water fishing, you’d be hard pressed to find a better place in the country than the Pittsburgh area to be an angler. We have lakes great and small, rivers, streams, creeks, and ponds scattered throughout the area where you can try your skill at snagging a prize catch. Many of these spots also offer ice fishing in the winter. Below are some of the

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Dominick and Eugene

Dominick and Eugene

Dominick and Eugene premiered in 1988 and features Tom Hulce as Dominick and a relatively new actor back then Ray Liotta as his twin brother, Eugene. Dominick is mentally impaired from a previous head injury while Eugene is in training to become a physician. We learn that their mother is dead, and their father “went away.” Dominick supports the two of them by collecting garage

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Sushi Tomo Review

Sushi Tomo Review

For those whose palates prefer Asian cuisine, Sushi Tomo is the perfect restaurant for your next dining excursion. From the classic egg drop soup to the more exotic fish roe sushi, everyone will be able to find something they love. And the prices are reasonable, which is a plus for a college student or anyone who likes a good value. Sushi Tomo is located at

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Grandma Nell O’Connor’s Soda Bread

Grandma Nell O'Connor's Soda Bread

3 1/2 cups sifted flour 2/3 cup sugar 1 tsp. salt 1 Tbs. baking powder 1 tsp. baking soda 1 1/2 cups seeded raisins (I like to mix the dark and light together.  I also soak them in warm water for a few minutes as it plumps them up.) 1 Tbs. caraway seeds (optional; I don’t use caraway unless I know the person getting it

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