| AandE

Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Dining news: Meatball Joint finds place in Downtown Pittsburgh

Sidney Davis | Tribune-Review
Emporio, a new meatball joint by Sienna Meracto, on Penn Avenue in Downtown Pittsburgh on Friday February 7, 2014.

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.

Daily Photo Galleries

Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, 6:32 p.m.

Emporio: A Meatball Joint is open at 942 Penn Ave., Downtown.

The new venture from Sienna Mercato features gourmet, made-from-scratch meatballs, 32 draft beers, wine and classic cocktails.

Meatballs come in classic beef, spicy pork, vegetarian (mushroom, white bean and cauliflower) and gluten-free chicken options. The menu also features a meatball slider, Panini and grinder. Sauces and gravies include pork Bolognese, creamy Parmesan, chicken gravy and more.

Starters and sides include poutine, salads and soups.

Kitchen hours are from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays through Tuesdays and 11 a.m. to midnight Wednesdays through Saturdays.

Sienna Mercato's next two dining options — Mezzo, specializing in wine, charcuterie and woodfire pizza; and Il Tetto rooftop beer garden — are expected to open in the spring.

Details: 412-281-2810 or

The Wine Room

The Wine Room at Bar Marco, 2216 Penn Ave. in the Strip District, is accepting reservations for its intimate dining experience.

The room has 10 seats, allowing chef Jamilka Borges and wine director Sarah Thomas to curate unique dining experiences for each group. Guests will be served eight to 12 courses with wine pairings.

Cost of $125 per guest includes food, wine, tax, tip and ticketing fee.

Dinners will begin in March and be held Wednesdays through Saturdays. Reservations can be made for one to 10 guests. Diners who purchase two seats will be seated with eight other guests.

Details: 412-471-1900 or

The Carlton

The Carlton Restaurant will welcome Joe Barsotti, president of Barsotti Wines, for a special pre-Valentine's Day dinner featuring wines from the Iberian Peninsula at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 13.

Selections will be paired with chef Simon DeJohn's creations. The menu includes crab-stuffed grouper; fig flatbread; shrimp, lobster and chorizo paella; lamb and polenta Napoleon; and banana cream pie.

Cost is $99, excluding tax and gratuity.

Details: 412-391-4152 or

Send dining news to

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.



Show commenting policy

Most-Read Stories

  1. Starkey: Pirates gaining bad big-game rep
  2. Steelers quarterback Vick getting more acquainted with offense
  3. Pitt O-line responds to coach’s challenge
  4. Pirates notebook: Fastball command issues hurt Cole against Cubs
  5. Steelers hoping to establish run early against San Diego
  6. Hydrangeas flower year after year with proper care, placement, feeding
  7. Penn State coaches are happy with quarterback Hackenberg’s play
  8. Ten Commandments monument moved to its new home in Connellsville
  9. NFL notebook: Ex-Pitt RB Lewis signs 2-year extension with Patriots
  10. What’s old is new at Toll Gate Revival in Lawrenceville
  11. Rossi: Cole is simply not good enough for Pirates