Zuppa Di Mare at DiPietro’s

Zuppa Di Mare at DiPietro’s

My wife, Carol, and I were debating where to head for our Saturday evening meal.  Distance, price, how long has it been since we’ve been there, where Carol says she wants to go were all factored into the decision. The last element had considerable influence on where we would go.  After a very brief discussion, we found ourselves entering DiPietro’s Restaurant in West View.  It

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Bonjour from Jean-Marc Chatellier’s French Bakery

Bonjour from Jean-Marc Chatellier’s French Bakery

Excellence has a way of asserting itself. That is the case with Jean-Marc Chatellier’s French Bakery. Located at 213 North Avenue in Millvale, the eponymous bakery was established in 1992, by French native Jean-Marc Chatellier. Before the age of social media, most people discovered this out-of-the-world bakery by word-of-mouth, one customer touting the treats to friends or family. Gazing at the goodies in the glass

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A Burger at Tessaro’s

A Burger at Tessaro’s

At 4601 Liberty Avenue in Bloomfield stands a building that was constructed around 1892 and has been home to a Bar/Restaurant named Tessaro’s since 1980. In 1984 the Herrington Family bought the business and it has been in the family ever since.  Most of us have probably heard claims that they have really good burghers.  I’ve had a  few people have tell me that they

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Farmers Markets of Pittsburgh

Farmers Markets of Pittsburgh

It’s that time of year. Farmers Markets are popping back up all through the area. There’s nothing like summer produce, homegrown tomatoes, local corn, and freshly picked strawberries. Not to mention the bustling people enjoying the nice weather and supporting local farmers and small business owners. A few markets open in May, while most open the beginning of June. Below is a bushel basket filled

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Hasenpfeffer Review

Hasenpfeffer Review

Occasionally, I have consumed and, more often than not, enjoyed German food. From sandwiches with Bratwurst, Weisswurst or Knackwurst to Sauerbraten and an assortment of Schnitzels, I am not a stranger to German fare. But one famous German dish that I have been tempted to order but have shied away from is Hasenpfeffer. I like to be a little adventurous when dining out; I enjoy

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Ox Tail in the Strip District

Ox Tail in the Strip District

You have that “life is good” feeling when you find yourself approaching your restaurant of choice, and a parking spot becomes available. Others see it, but it’s yours for the taking and you are parked in front of Kaya at 2000 Smallman Street a few minutes before your 11 a.m. brunch reservation. No three-block walk. No $5 or $10 parking lot fee. Just lock the

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Popular Pittsburgh’s Guide to Area Breweries

Popular Pittsburgh's Guide to Area Breweries

Pittsburgh has often been characterized as “a shot and a beer town.” In the late 1800s, there were many regional brewers, but in 1899, many of them banded together to form the conglomerate Pittsburgh Brewing Company. Big brewers reigned for nearly eight decades. Since the 1980s, however, favored suds have shifted from large breweries to artisans. The region is no longer dominated by a few mega-breweries but

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March 2nd, 2018: Opening Day for The Stage at Karma

March 2nd, 2018: Opening Day for The Stage at Karma

Kevin Saftner is taking the expertise he gained as the former general manager/booking agent for the James Street Gastropub and Speakeasy on Pittsburgh’s North Side and parlaying it into a new venture: The Stage at Karma on the South Side. It is located at 1713 E. Carson Street at the former Devils & Dolls nightclub. “When the James Street Gastropub closed on Nov. 11, 2017,

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North Park Lounge Restaurant Review

North Park Lounge Restaurant Review

It was early on a Thursday evening in December when I looked in the refrigerator and realized that I had two choices: start defrosting something and have a late dinner or jump in the car and go to a restaurant. We headed for the car. After naming a dozen places, we agreed on the North Park Lounge, located at 8701 Babcock Boulevard, McCandless Township. There

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Valentine’s Day Dining in Pittsburgh

Valentine’s Day Dining in Pittsburgh

The most romantic thing you can ever do for me is buy me food.  ~Anonymous One of the most romantic ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day is to dine with your special someone. We’ve asked co-workers, friends, and family for their recommendations of where is the best place to take your Valentine in the area. Although unscientific, we’ve compiled this list of some of the area’s

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