Four Twelve Project: A Wine & Dinery

Four Twelve Project: A Wine & Dinery

“We’re not a chain,” said Kevin Romasco, who with his wife, Josie, and another couple, Josh and April Egal, opened Four Twelve Project Winery and Dinery this past February. “We use locally-sourced products and offer a farm-to-table menu. And when I say farm-to-table, we take into consideration how many hands have touched the product. In our case, it’s the farmer, the butcher, and then us.”

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This Ice Cream Will Put a Spell On You

This Ice Cream Will Put a Spell On You

Finding good vegan ice cream can seem like something of an oxymoron. All too often, dairy-free ice cream lacks the creaminess of real ice cream. It also tends to have an aftertaste of pretending to be something it’s not. That’s why I was so surprised by the deliciousness of Sugar Spell Scoops’s amazing vegan ice cream. This past weekend, we decided to give it a

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Pamela’s in the Strip: Review

Pamela’s in the Strip: Review

On a spring Thursday morning we found ourselves visiting a few stores in the Strip District.  It was  about eleven AM when we realized we hadn’t stopped for breakfast. I suggested Pamela’s. I would not have made that suggestion on the weekends or in prime breakfast or lunch times, but at 11AM on a Thursday I was sure it was a good idea. Our two

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Bubba’s Gourmet Burgers & Beer

Bubba’s Gourmet Burgers & Beer

My husband and I were in Heidelberg visiting someone in a nursing home, and after our visit, we were looking for a good place to eat. Not from that area, we searched for restaurants, and Bubba’s Gourmet Burgers & Beer in nearby Bridgeville came up. We arrived there around 6:30 on a Saturday night. The restaurant is located in a small strip mall at 3109

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Girasole

Girasole

The first meal I had when I visited Rome was in a restaurant called “The Cave of the Emperors”, as it was translated into English. The subterranean restaurant was located down a flight of stairs on a side street of the Eternal City. Recently, I visited Girasole Restaurant in Shadyside. Like that Roman restaurant, Girasole is located on a side street, 733 Copeland Street, just

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An Omelette at Don’s Diner

An Omelette at Don’s Diner

Don’s hasn’t stayed in business just because of a great location for walk-ins. They haven’t benefited from being on a busy highway or just off a well-traveled expressway. Don’s has thrived by delivering good food with friendly service. Don’s is a destination. I encourage you to put the address into your GPS system before you set out for this Pittsburgh treasure. I recently showed up

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Chicago-Style Hot Dogs in the Heart of Pittsburgh

Chicago-Style Hot Dogs in the Heart of Pittsburgh

During each of my several visits to Yovi’s over the last few months, I’ve tried to ask at least one patron about this eatery serving Chicago-style hot dogs. The answers I received included: “You won’t be sorry you discovered this place.” “Never disappointing.” “About once a week, I walk past a dozen nice restaurants to have lunch here.” It’s not only the words folks use

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Coconut Pie at the Grant Bar and Restaurant 

Coconut Pie at the Grant Bar and Restaurant 

My wife and I found ourselves traveling hungry along Route 28 near Millvale discussing   dinner options when The Grant Bar and Restaurant entered the conversation. Three minutes later we were walking through the bar section of this 85 year old establishment on our way to a dining area.   When our waitress told me that their famous Homemade Turtle Soup was only available on

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The Grand Concourse: Pittsburgh’s Grand Dining Experience

The Grand Concourse: Pittsburgh’s Grand Dining Experience

There are a plethora of restaurants in Pittsburgh that serve excellent food. There are restaurants in Pittsburgh that have beautiful settings. But there is only one restaurant in Pittsburgh that is situated in a history-steeped building that combines excellent food and a beautiful setting for an unparalleled, upscale dining experience. And that restaurant is the Grand Concourse. Eating establishments come and go, but since 1978,

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Risotto Del Giorno at Piccolo Forno

Risotto Del Giorno at Piccolo Forno

Since it opened in 2005, Piccolo Forno, this ever-changing Lawrenceville destination at 3801 Butler Street, has given its customers a unique dining experience. In its early days it wasn’t easy to find a parking spot, and with Lawrenceville’s star growing brighter with each coming year, this task has only become more difficult. If it wasn’t such a damn great place to eat, I would never

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